Sunday was the first test of the season…the Jolly Jaunt 5K in Boston. This was a really nice event run out of the Boston Common (~1,000 racers). Race day was a crisp 25 degrees with clear skies. Definitely not the 90+ degree humidity I had dealt with the last time I raced 8 weeks prior in Kona. For sure, not the same body I raced with back then either. About 14 pounds to the heavier and just two weeks of real training under my belt guaranteed it wouldn’t be my fastest day but rather a day to use as a benchmark going forward from, a comparison to previous years, and an assessment of aerobic fitness (after correcting for the major weight difference). The goal going in was 17:45-18:00. I went 17:45 so was pleased with results overall.
All of the other QT2 folks (Pat, Molly, Chrissie, Tim, Cait, and Keith) had good days also considering where they are in training which always makes me happier than my own results alone. Lots of work to do looking forward for everyone!
Next Up: The Wicked Frosty 4-miler on New Year’s Day where the goal will be sub 22:45. 3 pounds lighter and a bit more aerobic fitness should do the trick!