Another 5k is in the books!
After running with the track group last Thursday, I realized a 5k was coming up Monday evening. I waited to register until the night of the race as it was a hot, humid weekend. But we had a storm come through on Monday and it took the temperature down a few notches, so I decided to go for it.
I had no idea how big this 5k was! There were a number of talented runners there. The first seven finishers averaged a sub-5:00 minute pace!
Overall I felt pretty good and managed to hold more consistent paces than the other 5ks I’ve done this summer. There was a small hill at the finish of mile one and we ran up it again toward the end of mile three. Other than that, the race was pretty flat.
Typically, mile one is my fastest and I go downhill from there. This time, mile one was my slowest at 6:43. Maybe it was that hill?
Mile two was a bit faster in 6:39 and mile three was 6:38, with a final sprint around a 6 minute pace.
I didn’t look at the course map at all before the race which is unlike me. I just figured I would follow the crowd and not stress about it. #oops
As we were coming toward the finish line, my watch showed we were almost to 3.1 and I saw the strip ahead of me. I started sprinting with everything I had, crossed the line and stopped my watch. As I looked up, I realized people were passing me and waving me on to keep running. I crossed the original start line, but the finish was up ahead!
I found my stride again and finished the final 100m stretch, but lost about 10 seconds on the clock. According to my watch, I beat my last 5k by 2 seconds with 20:46 (new post-baby pr) but the chip time had me at 21:00.
Either way, it was a good opportunity to continue practicing speed and I was happy with my effort.
Have you ever missed the finish line in a race?
Do you have other race #oops moments?