Today I ran the local WDF 5K. This is one of my favorite events in the area. I love seeing all the women encouraging each other plus we get a technical t, chocolates, and a flower at the finish line and it's a flat, fast course (most races in this area are hilly). Last year I had my all time Personal Best 5K on this course. I really didn't think I was in shape for a PR this year, but I hoped it would be close (and much faster than the 5K I ran in May).
Start time was 7am, and since I hadn't gone to packet pickup the day before, I needed to arrive at the site early enough to get that taken care of. Luckily, it's a relatively small race, so there wasn't much of a line at the registration tent when I arrived at 6:30am.
Neither my running partner nor I were feeling very confident about a fast race today and decided that our target today was to get in under 30min. That seemed doable to me. We figured our best race plan was to start out at a reasonable pace and then kick it in and go as fast as we could when we were half a mile from the finish line. Of course, that plan went out the window when the gun went off. I checked my Garmin a quarter mile in and we were running WAY too fast.
|My post-race happy face|
At the 2 mile marker, I told her that the new goal was to get in under 28 mins. I guess that's all the motivation she needed because she sped up from there and I couldn't catch up. She crossed the line at 27:15 (yay, her!). I, on the other hand, just barely missed this new on-the-fly-goal and crossed at 28:01 (approx a 9:02 mi/mi overall pace). Turns out to be my second fastest 5K ever, so I'm quite happy with my time, just not over-the-top-thrilled like she is with hers.
I may be slightly crazy, because I figured it was a good idea to do a 28 mile bike ride afterwards with husband. ;-)
July seems to be shaping up to be a great month for me:
- Walking: 20.0 mi
- Running: 38.9 mi
- Cycling: 162.8 mi (yeah, baby!)
- Swimming: nada (swimming mojo has gone missing)
- Races: one 5K
There are 16 days left in the month, but only two more weekends and no holidays, so I don't expect the back-half of the month to be able to match the front half.