First race of the season: check! This girl was anxious to get back out there!! Westbridge’s Race4Recovery (benefitting families of those coping with disorders) was held at a close-by park, on shaded and smoothly paved trails, which made it an easy decision for me to sign up and go for it. They offered a 5k run/walk and a 1 mile.
This race was VERY small… we’re talking 50-something people total. I think it may be the smallest race I’ve ever run, but I’m not gonna hate…. I placed 3rd overall female, HA! Probably the only time soon this will happen, so I’m taking it!
The race started at 8, so I was able to “sleep in” a bit the morning of. Once parked, bibbed, and laced up, I was ready to go. And this might come as a surprise, but I started out too fast. Surprise! When (how?!!) will I learn!? I started off immediately 3rd female, and was pretty happy to keep that throughout the race.
I was running alongside a guy who’s pace I felt I could manage, but as I looked down at my Garmin and saw 7:30 , I knew I’d need to slow down or I’d never make it.
I’d say I fell into a “rhythm” but does that really happen during a 5k? I feel like you gotta run HARD throughout the whole thing.. which is what I did. I kept telling myself this is not supposed to feel easy, and just went with it. I didn’t want to look back to see if there were any females close behind me, so I just kept my head forward and focused on keeping this fast (to me) pace.
According to my watch, I averaged an 8:06 pace, giving me a new personal best (yay!) but just 8 seconds away from breaking 25 mins (boo) but hey! This gives me major motivation to work on getting faster so that I can see a 24:xx on my Garmin next time.
3rd place female got me a medal and gift card to a running store- WOOP! Mind you… 1st and 2nd gal were nearly 3 whole minutes faster than me (that is a lot for a 5k) but it still felt pretty great to stand up there with them!
FORM CHECK: there was someone taking photos out there, but I’m not sure they’ll be posted anywhere…if I find them, I’ll later edit this post and add them. I tried to mentally focus on my form especially the last mile-ish. I could feel myself tiring, and I kept reminding myself to swing my arms and keep my back from slouching.
PACE CHECK: welp! gotta work on this one more! My paces per mile: 8:00, 8:15, 8:11 so not terribly off, but I’d still like to see my last mile faster than the first. It’s just a personal goal, dats all 🙂
Smallest race you’ve run?
Have a race planned for Halloween? If, so are you dressing up?!