Last night was the start of the Summer Series, which I absolutely love. I was really able to see steady improvement last year with the weekly runs and since I have crazy time goals this year, I can't wait to see how I improve over the course of the series.
The difference between this year and last year is that I am a year out with the torn ACL. Every race last year was hard, but I steadily improved my times from a first 5k race (post tear, 1 month after the injury) where I think my pace was close to 12:15 to a final race (the PO 5k) of 8:53....which was my PR that I am determined to beat!!
Last night was a 5 miler at Heckscher State Park, it was a nice night, a cool 60 degrees, which was nice considering I was baking at the Mini 10k on Sunday! There were a ton of people racing so from experience I knew to start with the 8 minute pace group (any further back I would have been dodging walkers...). The first few miles were a little tough, I was a little sore from Sun and a little mentally beat up from my terrible time (now I think it's terrible, yesterday it was 'not so bad'). I managed to squeak out some positive thoughts and got in a nice groove. I finished in a respectable 47:28.
The last race of the series is also a 5 miler, I need to have a time goal for that one, maybe a 42:00 minute race? Who knows....it could happen!!