I finally ran my first 5k, and had a blast! It was a perfect morning– mid 50’s, no parking troubles and a well-organized race. And I had my favorite cheerleader along…
I lined up toward the front, as it is never fun to spend the first several hundred yards zigzagging around people. There were still a few families and children near the front who ignored the announcer’s requests to line up farther back, but I tried to keep a good attitude–it is Thanksgiving, after all! We took off, and I fell into a good rhythm pretty quickly with minimal weaving. My husband and L were near the start, and I had to smile as I heard them yelling off to the side. Here we go!
I’m always amazed at the surge of adrenaline at races. Paces that normally feel challenging suddenly come much easier. I was surprised to check my watch and see that I was right at a 7:00 minute/mile pace. It felt very comfortable, so I decided to hold it there as long as possible. My energy remained high the entire race, and I sped up just a bit for the final half mile. I didn’t stick to the 8 minute mile plan, but I also felt fine, and the competitive-curious side of me won. Here were the splits according to my watch:
The official stats:
Chip Time: 21:47
Age Group: 3rd/152
Average pace: 6:59/mile
Apparently the 30-34 age group is the right one to be in– the first and second were only ten seconds ahead of me. The 20-something runners were much faster. 🙂 I am really happy with this race. I ran hard, but also feel like I have a little more to give and should be able to shave some time off in the future. But with an “ease back” plan and a half marathon in January, now is not that time. I’m going to back off the speed work and focus on building miles comfortably for the next month or two. Most importantly, it was fun!
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!