- It was overcast, cold, and windy at the start. This is May, right? It felt more like March.
Running partner and I shivering at the start
- We lined up with the 10min/mi group, but ended up getting boxed in at the beginning of the race. Took a lot of jockeying for position just to pull off a 10:30 for the first mile. After that, we were able to run at a pace of our choosing.
- My running partner and I were averaging just under 10:00 min/mi for miles 2-5.
- Then the wheels fell off the bus for me. I think part of it is mental. But I just felt like I ran out of steam during that last mile. Had to let her go on up ahead.
|I'm not kidding when I say the wheels fell off at mile 6|
- At least I had enough energy to pick up the pace for the final stretch once the finish line was in sight.
- Not going to be happy with my 10K performance until I can master that last mile. More long runs! I'm going to keep trying until I get it right.
- Will probably do it again next year, but will line up with the 9s just to get a better start.
- It's worth noting that my knee did not bother me at all. Yay!
- Went into the zoo for about 45 mins afterwards. Got to see the baby rhino (that I love!) and a new baby giraffe.
- Got a photo of peacock strutting his stuff for us. Loved it!
Pretty Peacock. How cool is that?!?!
- Official time: 1:03:02. 26 of 57 women 45-49. Not sure about my overall placement, but the zoo site says that the 'average' time for the 5K was 01:05:00 for women and 00:57:00 for men, so I'm guessing somewhere near the middle, which is a good enough place for me.
- My Garmin measured this course a little long and has my avg pace calculated at 10:03 (vs 10:02 at the race 2 weeks ago). Maybe I should consider it to be a more a comparable race performance than it appears based solely on the finish time?