The Impala Racing Team is a racing team in the Bay Area. In 2017, they first put on the Stow Lake 5K, a semi-hilly but fast 5K in which many of the major clubs in the Bay Area participate. My strength trainer, Angela Tieri, is a member of this team. She’s invited me to run the past 2 years, but my schedule hasn’t allowed it until this year’s 3rd annual race.
Goal: Finish in <= 20:00
Actual: Finished in 20:11 [#123 OA | Strava]
Weather. ~51 F and foggy, cold with headwinds coming from the oceans.
The course. The course is simple. We start @ Peacock Meadows, head west on JFK, take a lap around Stow Lake, and then head back to the same place we started. The course has some small hills, which is pretty brutal for a fast 5K.
Overall. I hadn’t done speed work leading up to this point, so I went into the race pretty blind as to whether I could achieve my goal. Most of my training up until this point has been on building hill climbing strength for the Broken Arrow VK in June.
I had done a 5K time trial a year ago and ran in ~19:30 so I knew I could get close. While I finished slightly slower than my goal (20:11), I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually surprised to still have some speed in me, my 3rd mile was the fastest mile, and I achieved a 5K PB in a timed race setting. Not bad overall.
1. Do more speed work. Nuff said!!
2. Wear clear deodorant when wearing a singlet. See picture above.
Thank you to…
Impala Racing for a well organized race & the cool swag. Racing socks > medals or a tech tee any day.
All the super friendly volunteers who helped out on race day
Trail Trotters for letting me sport our team during this race