This was the second time I ran the Las Vegas 5k. Last year, I had suffered from my first & only heat cramp.
The temps were cooler this year, but it still started way too late in the AM. No race should start after 7am in Vegas - from April thru August (if not September).
My husband came with me. One of those rare times he was off on a Saturday. It was nice to have him there.
Waiting around - checking out the multiple vendors, I had my picture taken with Wilbur the Pig, from Famous Dave's BBQ.
As I said, gun time was 8am. Just too warm, but since it was cooler than last year - I didn't believe it would be that big of a difference. It was a big deal, again.
Chatted with a nice guy in the corral. He wanted to know what I was shooting for. I said, "I am not feeling up to snuff today, so I am shooting for that 24/25 mark"
He laughed and said, "I am feeling REALLY good today and I am shooting for the 24/25 mark"
I chuckled. I gave him some warning to hold back and not go out to too fast as it can get warm out there.
I started my race at a 8:05 pace. I had no reason nor desire to push it. Around Mile 1, my breathing started to get labored and I realized I had not used my inhaler nor taken my traditional Island Boost fueling. Dang!
But, I felt fine - so I decided to maintain that pace a bit.
Turn around was at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. Around Mile 2- it was like a heat wave came rolling onto the Strip. One minute I am fine, the next minute I am drenched with sweat and slowing down. At Mile 2.5, I knew a sub25 was out of the question, so I held it to keep me in the low-mid 25's. This wasn't a focus 5k for me, so no pressure.
|Coming into the Finish Line|
I came in at 25:33. And I couldn't breath. I had to grab something to maintain my posture. I quickly downed some water and my husband sat me down. Took a few puffs of my inhaler and I started to feel normal again.
After a few stronger 5k's where I took the Island Boost before and this one, I did not. BIG Difference!
The guy I met in the corral finished way behind me - poor guy, he was toast.
|Tied for 2nd in AG, 1 second away from First Place|
Overall, I am glad I went. No regrets.
(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-13
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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