I ate a gu on the way to the race for breakfast. I took my golite water bottle with me to carry on the race. Even though it's only 3 miles, the 1-2 water stops that they have are never enough. My mouth gets so dry!!
I lined up with a woman that usually runs between a 33-35 min 5k. I knew I would need to stay near her if I wanted a pr. We started off together and stayed together for the first .75 of a mile, then she started pulling away. Not by a lot, I could always see her but she gradually kept getting farther and farther in front of me. I did stop and walk twice, once on the long hill right before i got to the top. I wanted to walk for a minute so i could make a push on the downhill. Then I walked again at the2.7 mile mark, it goes behind a school then comes out and you finish on a loop of the track. I knew it was going to be close and was really dragging so i walked the short side of the school 1) so no one could see me walk and 2) so i could make that final surge. On the downhill though, 5 people that I knew passed me.
As I came around the long side of the school to go onto the track, there was Twila asking if I was going to get it. I told her it would be close. I was close to getting a pr but it would be close. then as i got on the track jeremy was there to run the lap with me. I asked how he and Twila had finished. both had gotten PR's!! Jeremy had gone a 23:01. His goal was 22:59.... so close!! Twila had gone 22:57, both had 30 second PR's.
I made the final push and kept looking at my watch and at the finish line. I crossed the finish line and the official clock said 35:30!!!! A 17 second PR!!!! Woohoo!!!! So excited! My watch said 35:25, bc I started my watch when i crossed the start line, not when the gun went off to start the race. My first mile was 10:54, my fastest ever during a 5k, mile 2 was 12 something (uphill and i walked a little), mile 3 was 11 something. i was happy about this bc i was able to go faster than mile 2 and i've never been able to do this in a race. i guess my negative splits on the treadmill did help! :) The last .1 of the 5k my time was 9:19!! i was really trying to get to the finish line for that PR.
|Jeremy got second in his age group|
Oh and before i forget - Today is my handsome hubby's 34th birthday!!! Happy Birthday JEREMY!!