Gate to Gate is a big local race – it’s on the air force base and is always on Memorial Day. This is the first year that I’ve been able to run it. I’ve heard lots of horror stories – mostly about the HEAT as you run on the road beside the runway and how it traps heat from the jets and also about the big hill around mile 4.1-4.3 of the race. Needless to say I wasn’t too optimistic! Yet luck was on my side because it was 1 of the coolest races on record (still warm but nothing like it could have been!). My plan was to start out 6:20-6:30 and then hopefully drop down, feeling strong on the hill.
Well, typical me, I hit mile 1 in 6:05. The crazy thing is I felt good and was honestly surprised I was that fast. Probably because I’ve been training for 5Ks. 2 women pulled away from me.
Mile 2 was 6:16. 2 more women caught me and start to pull away.
Mile 3 was 6:25. Are you kidding me?! 10 seconds every mile?!
I tried to throw in some surges to keep it somewhat respectable. Mile 4 was still 6:36. Damn. I do feel I stayed pretty solid up the hill. You then turn a corner and can see the finish. I kicked it with all I had left.
28:01 – 6:23 average pace. 5 woman overall. 1st woman for my team (I ran as part of our local track club – top 4 including at least 1 woman score).
Overall I’d say I could have run harder. I could have fought harder in the middle miles. Not that I’ve raced many 4 mile races but I did hit an unofficial PR for 4 miles (25:23). But I felt way too good later that day and have had 2 solid runs the past 2 days … yep definitely didn’t run hard enough.
Up next is the Billy Bowlegs 5K on Saturday night. This is a tricky one because it’s at 10:30pm. I’m used to running early and going to bed early!! And I have a target on my back as the defending champ. Yep, got some internal pressure!!