I wasn't nervous Friday night or Saturday morning. I used to hate how I was so nervous but I was realizing I really missed my nervous-self.
Prior to the race, I had to get the prizes ready for NA-YGN prizes but I still wasn't even stressed at all about that working out right. Paulo was meeting us at our house and then we were carpooling and yet I still didn't stress when they were lost on the way without a GPS.
I met up with people I knew in after I registered and before the race started. I wanted to warm-up but barely did that. I figured it would all be OK. I usually don't have that feeling.
I ran the first 2 miles with Adrienne. I talked to her a little. I pointed out my house to her. After 2 miles I felt like I was struggling and almost told her to go ahead. Right then she told me that I knew the rules and I go ahead if I could run faster. Well she said that and I figured I knew that slow uphill grade so I went slightly ahead of her. I was picking up my pace going up the hill. I didn't pick it up enough but I was going and passing people right and left. When you pass people you forget you are still behind what you want to do. I talked to some guy with about a half mile left after he told me I had a good end of race pace. His goal was 25 minutes. My goal was 24:30 but I told him I was missing that. I was running the last quarter mile and just couldn't figure out if I was running as fast as I could. I didn't think so. I wanted someone to push me along. My mind was wandering. With a hundred or so yards left the announcers said Tom Henry was coming in. He said he'd donate $1 for every runner that beat him during the race. The announcers were talking about it so I got motivated. I really kicked it into high gear (faster than 6 min pace) and passed him with about a second to spare.
other course was short according to my Garmin and this was sanctioned so maybe it is kind of like a real PR. I really want to run another 5k now. I really want a PR. I felt like for this race I wanted to be awesome but I was still fatigued from the marathon. My calves were also sore at the start. I'm not sure why they were sore. That was something new.
After I finished I was talking to Tyler and Tom Henry came up to me to tell me how I got him at the end.
I didn't place in my age group because of putting in NA-YGN teams and them bumping me out.
Too bad official awards took so long because I didn't do my NA-YGN awards as officially. People had to leave. I tried to move around and give people their awards but I probably only got about half.