Saturday morning I was due to start my first 20 mile training run of the year. What better way than to start it off with a 5K! I wasn’t really planning on running a 5K this weekend but I will be pretty busy the next couple weekends and this fit in perfectly.
This was the first year for this race so I expected a smaller crowd and probably a few hiccups in the race. A ton of people actually showed up to the race so they moved the start time back 15 mins. Then never told us that we needed to grab a timing chip after picking up out packets, so 2 mins before the race I had to go grab one. And there were some mix ups with awards after the race so it took awhile after the race to hear results.
I had ran a practice run on this course so I was pretty familiar with it and love an out and back course. As soon as the race started I took off, after a min I convinced myself to slow down and run my own race. First mile was right at 6 mins. I was pretty happy with that and felt like I could hold onto that. There were 2 girls in front of me but not by much so I knew it would be a close race.
Just after the turn around I was closing in on one of the girls in front of me. I held my pace and passed her when I had the chance, just before the 2 mile mark. Looking down at my watch I knew there was no way I wouldn’t PR at this race. I was very close to the first place female and kept trying to catch her. I knew I could run a little faster but I would have puked running that fast.
As I turned the corner and saw the finish line, I saw 19 on the time clock. 19!!!!! Crossed the finish line in a time of 19:44, a 6:21 pace and 2nd place female overall. This beats my previous PR by a little over a min. So glad to see my speedwork this year is paying off.
Since this was my 20 mile run day, I ran a 2 mile warm up, 5K race and then while waiting for awards ran another 5.6 miles with Ryan. Once awards were done I went and ran another 10 miles and literally ran home from the race. Not too bad of a way to start off St. Patrick’s Day.