For the 5k at Oakland Park, I had 3 goals.
I wanted to get a sub-30 5k time. I hadn't been feeling that confident since I started running after my injury and I really wanted this. My second goal was to run the whole thing. My third goal was to try to beat my PR time of 29:44, even by just 1 second but I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen.
It sounds silly but I loved how they lined the path with these torches.
I took off pretty fast and was feeling good. When I looked down at the half mile mark and saw that I was running under a 9-minute mile I had to decide quickly to keep going at that pace and know I might burn out and have to walk, or slow down. I had never run a mile in a race that fast so I decided to keep going for as long as I could. I kept it up for 2.5 miles before I had to walk a minute. I did 2 2:1 intervals then ran the rest. As I was coming through the finish line, I couldn't believe my time.
I did it! I hit 2 of my goals! Not only did I get a sub 30, but I got 28:55! I didn't think I would really beat my PR, much less get a sub 28!! I didn't stick around long after the race, but I was so proud of myself!
The results don't show my overall place, but I got fourth in my age group!
(And as I write this, I have since PR'd again, and if I had that time during this race, I would have gotten 2nd place!!)