At last year’s Lutz Independence Day 5K Run, I cramped terribly within the first mile, which I believed to be a result of starting off way too fast (7 mm) and perhaps being too hydrated. Since last year’s race, I’ve tried to find the right balance of hydration (which I am still trying to figure out), but mostly I avoid drinking 30 minutes prior to my runs.
Fortunately, for this year’s 5K, I avoided starting off too fast and I maintained an 8:30-9:00 mm pace for most of the run. I stopped at the water stations for a quick drink and to pour water on my head in an attempt to not overheat.
At the start of the race, Tiffany and I spotted a very peculiar patriotic runner. She wore a flag bikini top, red shorts, combat boots, a stars and stripes tiara and combat boots. To complete the ensemble, she had a flag sticking out of the back of her shorts. Since she wore desert combat boots, I assume she must have been a veteran. Therefore, out of respect for our troops, I will not ridicule her attire, but I have to know one thing: How could she run with a stick up her butt? Do they teach that in boot camp?
The 5K course twisted through a residential neighborhood. To help cool overheating runners, home owners and spectators aimed garden hoses and sprinklers into the streets. At the one mile mark, a husband and wife team distributed water to the runners, a service they’ve happily offered for the past 20 years.
The heat really made the race a struggle, but I survived another ridiculously hot race and thankfully, I avoided any cramping. My time was o.k. Honestly, I wasn’t planning to break any PR. I’m just glad I didn’t pass out from the heat. Cool Running lists a different time/pace for my race results, but I am going by my good ol’ Garmin.
Ave Pace 8:58
Even though this race is ridiculously hot, I love the small town fair after the race. Pony rides, kettle corn and crafts make this race a family affair. Sadly, my family missed my firecracker performance and the Fourth of July fair again.
The small town fair reminds me of something you would see in a romantic comedy. Boy meets girl. Girl pukes on girl from heat exhaustion. Like projectile vomit, their love is unstoppable.