I forgot to take a picture of the shirt, so imagine the above logo on a light grey t shirt. Then imagine the shirt being a perfect fit. Then imagine me wearing it everyday since Saturday. Hello, new favorite t shirt!
Saturday May 4th was the first annual Run Puritas 5K put on by Peace Racing. I’ve done a couple Peace Racing events in the past and for a small company I am always impressed. Great races, accurate courses, flat courses and fast awards after. They also have a giant inflatable finish line. Ryan and I always joke that we want one to run out of for our wedding.
My goal for this race was to run even 7 minute miles. Not run 6:30 for the first mile, 7:30 for the 2nd mile and want to crawl for the third mile. My second goal was to run faster than the 5K last week.
The gun went off and I immediately started out too fast but was able to get it under control fairly quickly. I paid attention to my breathing and how I felt and aimed to push myself but not kill myself. I wanted to have something in the tank for a strong finish. First mile was in the 7’s so I was happy with that and tried to pick it up for the 2nd mile. The course goes through a neighborhood I haven’t been in too much so there was a lot of new things for me to check out. I also ran with music for this race to keep myself in the zone.
The last mile is a very long straightaway and parts are on a brick road. Running on bricks can be a little tricky but I barely noticed them. I concentrated on pushing the last mile and as I got close to the last turn I realized I was in first! I had no idea how close the next female was but a good rule to remember while running is “NEVER LOOK BACK”. You mess up your form and lose time when you look back.
I couldn’t hear anyone but decided to push for a strong finish. As soon as I started to push the pace, I realized I was going to puke if I kept that up. If there was someone else close by, they would have taken the lead. As I made the last turn, I could see the finish line up ahead. The turn was onto a very smooth parking lot so it felt good and helped me to pick up the pace to finish. (even if I ended up puking at the finish)
I crossed the finish line in a time of 22:21 a 7:11 pace, 7th overall and 1st overall female. 40 seconds fast than the 5K last week and didn’t puke. This time is still far from my PR but I am still recovering from the Athens Marathon and gearing up for the Cleveland Marathon on May 19th. I will be going after a 5K PR after the Cleveland Marathon.
The race recap doesn’t end there. After I caught my breath I asked Ryan how he did. He was the first overall male!
Very exciting day for us as it was our first win as an engaged couple.
I think it’s safe to say we’ll have to come back next year to run as a married couple.
Next race up is the Cleveland Marathon!!!