This morning we ran a 5K not far out-of-town. We met up with our friends Ritter, Jo and Chris. We got in a good 2 Mile warm up and tried to figure out the course. The course makes quite a few turns through the small town. It’s a very well-organized race with thankfully plenty of signs to point the way.
After a good warm up we only had time for one quick pick up to get the legs ready and we were off. The strategy for this race was to not blast out the first mile and try to hold back some energy so I could clean up my last mile. I have to say this strategy makes me nervous because anytime I get my body used to a pace it seems to not want to get up beyond that. Another girl blew by me right from the start and I let her go. I figured if she miscalculates then I will get up to her and if not my goal is PR not to out sprint her in the first mile (like I mistakenly did with another girl last 5K race).
Mile 1 – 6:16
I have to say this race was actually my most enjoyable 5K to date because of how strong I felt.
Mile 2 – 6:40
I got to Mile 2 knowing that I definitely had more in me, in fact this slow down was not a fade, but just me realizing that I was taking it too easy, so I picked it up. Since I didn’t feel burnt it was no problem.
Mile 3 – 6:34
.1 – 5:24 Pace
I never caught the first female and so I got second. There were no other girls around me during the race. I did get to blow by a few dudes sucking wind in the last miles, which felt great.
19:50 a new PR!!
2nd Female Overall and 1st in my Age Group!
Rob finished with an 18:58! Which is amazing because he has had IT band issues all week and was on the fence about running this race. He got 2nd in his Age Group!
We all ended up with awards! Ritter and Jo ended up with PRs and 1st in their Age Groups!
Us with our awards.
And for the “you had to be there” story, there were these large monkey statues in someone’s yard and they had some sort of business. Anyways, when you see monkey statues you must go pose with them. 🙂 Ritter, Me and Jo – 1st Age Group Chicas
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