The 2nd race in the Run For Your Life Grand Prix series is the the Skyline 5K. This event takes place on the campus of CPCC in Charlotte.
I have run the course several times in pass year so I was vaguely famalier with it. And RFYL had made only a few minor tweaks to it this year - mainly around the starting line.
The start was between the stadium and the campus. Really, it is more like an alley way so the start was rather cramp.
I tried to be patient going out. I thought I could do a 5:20 first mile.
When I went through 1 in 5:33, I knew the legs didn't have it. Matt Yost went by me looking smooth.
I tried to give chase but as we move to the up hill portion of the course, he extended his lead over me.
I passed the 2 mile point in just over 11:00 minutes and thought I was in pretty good shape for a run to the finish. Then, Steve Spada came by me. My legs were not feeling it. Tried as I might, I couldn't stay with him.
He slowly pulled away over the last mile which I might add is mostly down hill.
My finish time was 17:22. I was disappointed in the finish but realized it was part the process.
Not every race will be a great race, but you have to turn bad days into decent finishes. Today, this was what I did. I turned a day when I didn't run my best into a decent run. I picked up good points for the RFYL Grand Prix and will be looking forward to the next race.