One of my resolutions/goals this year was to break 25 minutes in a 5K. My PR was about 30 seconds shy of that last year, so it was an attainable goal. I took a look at the race calendar for the summer, and the race that fit best was today. Sigh. I couldn't help myself. I went.
I don't do speedwork. I've slacked on hills lately. I went in hoping to do 7:45 miles, putting me in just under the wire.
Of course, I didn't sleep well either, and it was hot already at 10:30 am. Hot, I say. Damn hot. And, it's only May!
This was the "first annual" of this series, so it was a brand new race. I've never seen the course, didn't even know where I was going. lol.
It was a small crowd, probably about 100 runners. I did something I normally never do. I lined up near the front. One of the
This was all clock-timed.. the loose "ready, set, go", and we were off! Being near the front, there was certainly a lot less weaving and bobbing around.. I kind of liked that. With such a small field of runners, we fell into place pretty quickly. I looked down at my watch.. 6:30 pace. Yikes. That's not a good thing.. I don't know what I run a mile at any more, but that's getting into the red zone- never mind 3.1 miles.
We were about at the half mile mark, and I looked ahead. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 people. Wait, what? I'm in 6th? Holy shizz. I don't run here. Ever.
The course was described as "slight rolling hills". They rolled up, that's for sure. Right around the 1 mile mark, there was one that went down, thankfully. I skipped the water stop here and kept plugging. I passed someone. Fifth. Passed a chick. Fourth. Passed the next guy. Third. Are you f'in shitting me? 3rd place? Granted, we're only half done at this point.
Alas, the course was an out-and-back. That previously mentioned downhill? Yeah, that turned into some big time suckage.
That's the elevation chart, allegedly. It should be a mirror image, but whatever.
This is what I thought the elevation felt like:
So, the chick I had previously passed decided that after we went up that monstrosity that she would cruise on by. Damn. Fourth.
I'm majorly sucking wind. I've gone out entirely too fast, and I am out of my element. I am just praying for this race to end. "What the hell have you done to yourself?" "Are you kidding me? You paid to torture yourself like that?" and on and on.
I took a cup of water and threw it over myself to cool down a bit, and I just tried to grind it out.
So, I hung on. For dear life. Kept track of those behind me. One foot in front of the other.
End splits looked like that. 6:53, 6:51, 7:26, :41. Holy hell, Batman. I hung on. Fourth overall. 3rd male, 1st in age group. Wow. 21:51. Wow. That netted me a cool "1st" medal and a pair of socks.. who can't use socks?
An obligatory watch pic:
And, if I don't run another 5K this year, I don't fricken care. lol. PR by a mile, blew away my goal for the year. I'll take it.
Keep on rockin!