Today was the Firmenlauf.. firms race basically, a team race over 7km. The course is 2 x 3.5 km loops up and down Rostocks waterfront. It was an absolutely scorcher of a day, 27 C but really humid, I'd been out for 7 miles at lunch so spent all afternoon drinking water, trying to rehydrate.
I was running for City Sports, the local sports shop in a mixed team, organised by Carsten, one of my regular training partners, and Marie from the gym and another girl.
With Paul and Ts'otleho running 3rd was going to be as good as it got, we set off at 3:30 min k's and I felt comfortable, a few came with us but after a 3 k we were on our own and eventually they pulled away to finish in 22:50, I finished 3rd in 24:10, with Carsten 4th. We won the mixed and Paul and Tsotlehos team won the mens team event.
I held 5:25 for the first two miles and felt fine, but the last 2.4 miles were 5:50 or a tad slower, the heat and humidity really affected us all.
City sports provided us with a nice vest, bag and nice socks for the running the event which was nice of them.
Our running group filled 5 of the top 6 so it was a good show. We finished with a swim in the river. I saw 4 people collapsed after the race, it was pretty brutal conditions, but with 500 runners in that heat it was probably to be expected.
Event website: http://www.rostockerfirmenlauf.de/