I'd been looking forward to this race. I love racing and except for the 4 miler on the 4th of July, it'd been awhile since I'd done one!
I wasn't feeling too hot the morning of the race and only got about 3 hours of sleep the night before. But I met up with a bunch of friends who took my mind off of it, and once I started to run, I felt fine.
I met up with Meghan (Meghan on the Move), Pam, and Carla beforehand.
Meghan and I also met up with some fellow Fit2Run Ambassadors!
We lined up and got ready to run! It amazes me that I still get butterflies at the start of 5ks! (although I do remember when I used to be nervous for days before!)
The Thursday before the race, I had run 16 mins before starting my run/walk intervals so I did 17 minutes during the race. When I looked down at my Garmin, I realized my first mile was a 9:12 pace! The fastest mile I think I've ever run in a race (except for the one miler I did). I debated going for longer than 17 minutes but I wanted to finish strong. I did 3:1 intervals until the end!
I wasn't sure how I'd feel since my training times haven't been great. My 5k PR was 29:44 and I wasn't shooting for that. I finished in 30:19. And my pace was 9:45 so not too shabby!
I finished 727 out of 2360 runners, so top third. For the women's group, I got 274 out of 1458 and for my women's age group, I finished 45 out of 208. So top quarter for both!
This 5k was fun to run! There was quite a bit of shade. Plus there's a medal! (which you don't always get for a 5k)
And you get a free beer and Krispy Kreme was there handing out donuts!
I had fun and look forward to doing it next year!