|Run for Healthier Babies 5K, really like this course|
|Pre-race food and supplies laid out the night before...a little wine can't hurt right?|
Mile 1 was faster than the average pace I needed but not so fast that I didn't have anything left. I was glad to have a bit of time "in the bank". Mile 2 wasn't bad at all and by the start of mile 3 I was surprised to pass a fellow runner who I have never passed in a 5K before. I was not feeling 100% by this time, but not doing too bad either. Again I followed the plan that worked the weekend before, of looking at my 'current pace' and not looking at the total distance or total time. As I entered the parking lot, I knew, or rather hoped, that meant the end of the race was within 0.5 miles. I was feeling tired and definitely slowed down by that time. Just before this, a guy who was jogging the other way who I assume was affiliated with the race in some way, said to me either "you are third" or "you are catching up to third". I wasn't sure. But either way it didn't much matter because if I was third, I was third. And if I wasn't, I couldn't see the woman who was third and couldn't speed up enough to catch someone I couldn't even see. So it was what it was at that point and anyway I was really going for time and just trying to finish. Once I made the last right turn before making the final left turn into the finish line chute, I really sprinted because I couldn't see the clock from there and had no idea what it would say when I rounded the bend and by that time it may be too late. I knew I had a good chance at another sub 20, given the 'current pace' that I had seen each time I looked down, but knew it would be really close. Turns out it was just over the 19:55 I had last week, but still under 20, so I'll take that! My official chip time was 19:57. I couldn't help but feel happy but also wished I had tried to push it sooner. I know, never satisified right!
|Age group award, first place (yep that's me in the pink socks)|
I hung around to watch the 1 mile fun run and for the awards for that. Sarah and the girls cleaned up, each winning a medal! And in the 5K, it was a PR for Linda from RTR as well as age group placing for several other running friends. It was really a great race and a fun time, and another sub 20 for me didn't hurt either!