This morning was the third race in the Memphis Runners Track Club Race Series, and it was my first ever 5 miler race. And just the last two races, this morning’s race was hot and humid. But unlike the race two weeks ago, I was better prepared for the humidity this morning. That does not mean that it was a particularly comfortable run, but I did run five strong miles and have something let in the tank for another run tonight.
The 5 miler is held at W. J. Freeman park in Bartlett so the course is not nearly as close to my house as the 5K’s are, but the parking was much better. The course is mostly neighborhood streets with the finish coming on the walking path at the park. And there is more shade throughout the course, which certainly helps on these humid days.
A few less runners completed the course today when compared to the 5K’s, but there still was 1,200 people running today, several of which are still aspiring to achieve Road Warrior status. Managing the crowds early in the race is as big of a challenge as the heat and humidity for these events. The course had several turns which led to some bottle-necking early on and towards the end, we had to dodge several of the faster finishers that thought that returning to their car via the race course was a prudent move. It was not, but oh well.
Best news about this morning’s race is that I set a PR with my 50:17 finish! Of course, no matter how fast I ran, it would have been a PR since this was my first attempt at a 5 mile race. This is an odd distance, and I will not have many opportunities to beat this mark. Maybe I can do even better in two weeks at the second MRTC RRS 5 Miler.