A couple years ago I ran the Jig and Jog race and crushed my time. (Course was a bit short but I still would have crushed it no matter the distance). When I found out it was on a day I could make this year I couldn’t wait to run it.
With all the plantar fasciitis nastyness going on in my feet, I had a goal to run anything in the 21s. No PR, no trying to place, just any finish time that started with 21. With a flat lakewood course I figured I could pull it off.
Mile 1: One small loop around the neighborhood (also the starting line was in front of my new place of employment! yays!) I barely looked at my watch and tried to run by feel.
Mile 2: We had started down a long stretch to the water stop/turnaround, I was able to see Ryan in the lead! With 2 other guys 🙂 I was also able to see that I was in 4th overall. I usually feel like death at this point but my legs were ready to go. I cruised through this straightaway.
Mile 3: We went back and did the small neighborhood loop again and I loved it! It was nice to know exactly how far it was to the finish…even if I was wanting to see a finish line at 2.7.
I had to push a little at the end but ended up finishing at 21:47, 4th overall female and 1st in my age group! We know the race director at this race so he always gives a shout out to “Team McCartney” at the races 🙂
If you are not familiar with Peace Racing, they put on some great local races and their courses are always a little different than normal. They are putting on a 5K Cro Run in May that supports a group near and dear to my heart, the American Zagreb Junior Tamburitzans. Come out and support if you can!