With yet another 40+ Degree day forecast I was not expecting big things from the 5km Challenge today. Numbers were down due to the heat wave but we were not alone out on the ovals with 3 football clubs, numerous smaller groups and a softball team all out for pre-season training.
One way to make yourself feel completely inadequate as a runner is to run a 5k around 100 odd fully fit, fully ripped professional footballers. Oh, except when Choco had his shirt off. That was just wrong.
I started my 5km at 7:05am but after the first kilometer, when I got a feel for the conditions and my condition (without a pacer) I revised my target time from 25min to 26min. I tried to not let the heat get to me, but with the sweat just pouring off it was hard not too. I was able to maintain a reasonably steady pace to finish in 26:06.
Better luck next time, some would say, for me I am looking forward to the weather cooling down and my times coming down…I expect my PB page to be full of 2009 dates by the end of the year.