One of the fun things to do while traveling is to check out the local racing scene. This summer has taken my wife and I back to her hometown of Bellport, NY to do the 27th running of the Clipper Classic 5K. This course was flat and fast, though the heat made it feel like quite a chore.
I started off strong, 1st mile in 6:08. I felt like I was gliding and it didn't feel as though I was struggling at all. That feeling didn't last. By the middle of the 2nd mile, I went through a complete transformation (not for the better.) I began cramping and the heat caught up to me. Mile 2: 6:28. I tried, in vain, to hold this pace, but alas, could not; mile 3 6:48. A nice little downhill finish and was in at a very unimpressive 20:12.
Certainly not my best time, but acceptable considering the heat. Still good enough for 3rd in my age group and a shiny new medal to add to my collection.