I have done a few races this year post physical therapy for my knee. Todays race was a true test of speed/knee fitness combined. As with most of my races I have somewhat of a goal time heading in but nothing is quite for certain until I start the actual race then I am able to formulate a clearer picture.
So far this season I haven’t done any speedwork namely track work. I have been focused on more strengthening sessions like hill training.
The Percy Sutton 5K was held in Harlem as part of Harlem Week celebrations. This was a solid 5K course with a challenging hill early on with some flats and a steep incline (which I slowed down on) later towards the finish. Prior to the race I did a 14 minute easy warmup and stretched as well. Throughout the race I ran a controlled hard effort race playing close attention to my knee response.
The outcome and my performance could not have been better. I am very content and happy with this race. This gives me much added motivation heading into the remainder of my racing season.
Official Time: 21:07 (6:49/mile)
Place: 412/4524 Top 10%