Race the Dawn – A RunSalty Production.
It’s been a busy last couple of months with a lot of races from 5K’s to back to back Halves. One of those though was a special race, a try for my #firstrunningwife to break her personal best from several years ago in a half.
Sadly I wasn’t up to the challenge and in the end cost her about 2 minutes which kept her from PR’ing.
We’re going to try to re-run the route this coming Sunday (5/20/18) and get her a PR. Given how I felt this morning in this heat (70+ temperatures) I’m pretty sure I’ll have to pace her until I can’t pace her any more and then she’ll have to fly on her own to see if she can break her PR.
I’m calling this race “Race the Dawn” as we’re going to start long before sun up and try to beat the sun up. We’ll have her PR time + 2 minutes give or take before the sun should be peeking over the horizon.
If she crosses her finish line before the sun then she PR’d. Pretty simple. If not then we’ll have to wait till fall by which time I’m sure she’ll beat it by a lot based on our training roadmap.
This particular race was all done on a running trail so we don’t have to worry about traffic and at 4 in the morning we don’t have to worry about about a mass of people getting in our way.
Water is a concern with the pace and the heat but we’ll do what we can to fix that. We’ll have a resupply around mile 7 and I’ll have frozen towels as well for neck and head wrapping.
These were a big hit today after we ran a 25K in our ridiculously too soon heat. Good thing the climate is stable and doesn’t shift. I bought a big pack of cheap hand towels from a big box store and soaked them in water and then threw them in the freezer last night. Then into an ice chest to take to the trail today where they stayed super nice and cold and were awesome at dropping core temperature fast.
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