Watermelon Series #2

June 28, 2014

I’m kind of tired heading into this race. I was away all week last week for our industry trade show. While the trade show was in Orlando and I was able to keep up with my Runner’s World Summer Run Streak, I was on my feet a lot; wearing heels no less; and I’m still tired. It was late nights and early mornings and, even though it isn’t hard, labor-type work, it’s still tiring.

I arrived in time to pick up my bib for race two of the series. I pin it on and have a few minutes to warm up and stretch some. It is a relatively warm morning and it’s quite humid. I’m glad it’s early still so the sun isn’t blazing on us. And, I hate to say “only” like this isn’t a big deal, but at least this is only a 5k so it will be relatively quick. A half marathon in this would be tough!

The horn sounds and we’re off. Just like last time, we run the first quarter of a mile or so in the street and this gives the pack a chance to thin out a little. I’m yawning the whole way so I’m not pushing myself too hard. My legs kind of feel like lead weights. I’ll stick to my intervals and push harder on the last stretch.

The course map for the Watermelon Series races. It's a simple loop around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland.

The course map for the Watermelon Series races. It’s a simple loop around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland.

There are some ducks out but I didn’t see any bunnies today. I guess it is a bit warm for them too!

There are always a lot of ducks around Lake Hollingsworth.

There are always a lot of ducks around Lake Hollingsworth.

The race seems a bit more crowded today. I don’t know if there are actually more people running this one. I could be imagining it. These are my thoughts as I’m running.

I make it to the water stop so I know I’m about halfway. I’m on a good pace considering how tired I feel. I grab a drink of water and walk so I don’t wear most of it. It is only a couple of gulps so I take off again as soon as I finish it.

I crossed the finish line in 38:59; this was my gun time as my chip time didn’t seem to show up. According to my Garmin, which I started as I crossed the timing mat, my time was 38:20. I’m happy with this considering I feel like I have bricks strapped to my feet. I know I have stuff to do when I get home, but, man, a nap sure sounds good! My yard and house chores may have to wait a bit.

Watermelon race #2 costs:

Registration was for the entire series so I included that in the costs of race #1 only.

Gas: ~$10
Food: ~$10
Total: ~$20

Gotta run!

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