5k Unofficial result: 22:12!
7:09 average pace
4th in Age Group
It was a very tough run but I'm happy with the result! I ran only 5 seconds slower than last year's time, which stands as my PR. So not bad! I ran mile one in a smokin' 6:50, then slowed way down for a 7:28 mile 2, then finished strong with the last 1.1 miles in 7:53 (7:09 pace). This is EXACTLY how I have run the previous two years' 5k- super (too) fast first mile, slowed way down for the second mile, finished the race exactly on pace. Weird! The course does affect my splits in a logical way though- the first mile includes a nice downhill stretch, and the second mile is just slightly uphill for the entire way. Mile three is basically flat.
Seriously though, 5ks are so hard. I'm glad I did this race right before my marathon because no matter how difficult that will be, it will not be difficult in the same way as today's race. Not even close. I was panting, my stomach was in a knot, I wanted to puke, and I about passed out after I finished. I used my new favorite phrase "suck it up, princess" several times. But I did great and am very happy with my time! I wasn't really expecting a PR and was pumped to see how close I got to it. Official results should be up tonight. The overall winner was in my age group, so I might get bumped up to 3rd, but I think they let them "double dip" at this race.
I ran 1 and a quarter miles for a warm up and my leg was feeling good. No problems through the race but both calves really tightened up right after I was done. I stretched out good, then hit up the beer garden. Back at my in-laws' house I iced my legs in the cold pool then took a soak in the hot tub and stretched some more. Feeling allright now. :)
Well the company is about to arrive and I will be chowing down soon! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)
Today also happens to be the 10th anniversary of me and Zach's first date. :) Actually we had been friends for a few months, but on November 22nd, 1997 we went to see Starship Troopers and held hands, then he kissed me when he dropped me off. Awwwwww. 10 years, crazy. I love him more than ever. :)