When I woke up this morning to get ready for my 5K race, it was 25 degrees outside! I was a little anxious about that but otherwise, pretty calm and focused.
I had laid out my clothes and bib number the night before, so I was good to go.
I picked up my friend Kim and then met my aunts to ride down to the race. It was super crowded!
I met up with Farrah who told me to stick with her, but I knew that wouldn’t happen…that girl runs much faster than me and I didn’t want to burn myself out early.
When we crossed the starting line we were a little confused by the time and guessed the race must have started late. I also didn’t wear a watch (on purpose) so I really had no idea how fast I was running, just sort of “feeling it out” along the way. I also didn’t wear any headphones…I needed to focus on my run completely.
I ran the first mile sort of slow to warm up and just to navigate through the crowd. I lost Farrah about 3/4 of the way through, but felt totally fine on my own. Honestly, that is how I have ran the majority of races 😉
I was able to kick it up a notch through mile 2 and mile 3 seemed to go by in a breeze. There was never a point when I felt uncomfortable or that I needed to stop or slow down. I didn’t even take a water break (until the end)!
Before I knew it, I could see the finish line, so my arms started swinging to make my legs go even faster.
When I finished, I figured I had done okay but didn’t think that I had beat any times or anything. We went inside to have someone give us our official times since they have computers on site.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Holy cow! I couldn’t believe it.
While this wasn’t my best 5K time (29:28) it was the 2nd best and the best time I have had at this particular course. I’m very happy.
I also felt GREAT after the race, I didn’t even feel like I had just ran and I wanted to go back and run it again. Wow!
And as always, it is great to share this experience with friends 🙂