I ran in a tank, long sleeve shirt, pants, and compression socks. It was too many layers. When I ran with Callie, it was so cold and windy. This time around, I owned more running gear to choose from to wear too.
We got there pretty early. I remembered issues with parking and didn't want to deal with that.
Before the race I decided to change my pace on the watch since it lets you have a pace. You have to click a button to view if you are ahead or behind your pace. I haven't figured out if there is a way to get it to yell at you if you are behind. I changed it to 8:45 pace and told Jen I was making it extra fast.
I was ready when the race started this time, but I feel like there were so many more people at the start that it would be hard to not be ready. There was no official start bar and it seemed like people just kind of lined up. There were 184 finishers this year and 169 2 years ago and yet it seemed like there were way more people there this time around. Maybe some people walked it and didn't get timed or something.
I didn't start up near the front even though I like to. I think the lack of start bar just had me stand wherever. I ran way around to the right to get in front of a bunch of people at the start. My first .25 mi split was 1:46. I saw that and slowed down a bit. I can't keep that pace throughout and if I held it much longer I'd just die and go really slow at the end. Maybe some day I can make that my goal! (yea right)
The foot bridge and little path that the course took was icy. I had to slow down to cross it. I was a bit concerned I'd fall. There is about 20 feet (or more) of path that isn't the wood bridge and that was almost all ice. At least that was the only portion we were warned about being icy. Two years ago almost the entire course was.
After I finished my first mile in under 8 minutes, I thought that was similar to other 5ks that I've done in the past. I thought to myself how I better not burn myself out. I've done it before and never kept it up.
The fifth split (so mile 1 - 1.25) had a 2 minute split. I thought maybe I can keep this up. I need to keep pushing. I decided to start finding someone ahead of me to chase them down and try to catch up and pass them.
I got to the turn around spot at 12:23 and kept thinking back to if I've done half that before and then just ran a really slow 2nd half. I knew I had to keep it up and think of it as a race and not a training run. I tend to just run at a race instead of really push myself to make it a race.
1.62 into it, I saw Jen heading to the turnaround. We cheered each other on.
I found a few more people to catch up to. They were only 10 - 20 feet ahead of me when I decided to chase them down. It didn't take that long to catch up. I also kept telling myself to keep it up that this isn't a training run. I also kept reminding myself that Callie said I can run faster. I tend to just get in the groove of moving my legs and not actually trying to run fast. I was trying to try. I had to keep reminding myself though.
A little over 2 miles in, I saw this lady in black tights with pink on them and pink sleeves. I decided I'd try to pass her. She was getting pretty far ahead. She really gave me a run for my money. I had to keep at it. I lost ground on her at the foot bridge about 2.75 into it because the middle path was the least icy but there was a guy ahead of me that was forcing me to slow up. A few steps after the foot bridge, I almost gave up catching her and visibly noticed I slowed up. Then I thought that was the wrong mentality and I can still TRY to catch her.
I ran and ran. Then with about .1 left I really pushed it. I didn't think I had any left for a kick but kicked it faster so apparently I did. I passed her up with about 3 feet left before the finish line! This was the first time I picked a person to chase down and had it take so long. I still have yet to not catch someone I go for. I think I know how to pick the slow ones.
overall and by age group.
First place overall for females was in my age group but since she placed overall it doesn't count in my age group so then it benefited me and I got a medal.
|Me sporting my new medal!|