First, the "Fun Run" Recap - a 1K for kids or anyone else wanting to have "fun" on the run. Big Girl participated in this deal for the second year in a row. Last year, I wasn't able to accompany her or spectate her race because I was doing the "Double," so I was busy running the 10K. This year, we arrived seconds (literally) before her race, and I was able to go with her. Here we are just after the start.
|start of the fun run|
|shy or excited?|
I can honestly say she rocked this business! She ran a lot of the .67 mile course, stopping sometimes for commentary, giggling, or rest breaks. She controlled her pace and ran smart - but really busted a move when she saw Grandma, Daddy and her sister near the finish line.
It took her about 15 minutes to cover the 1K. Not bad, Congrats! Baby J was thrilled for her sister and shrieked for joy when she saw her running on the course - clearly the little one already grasps the spectating concept.
Post fun run, we took some family pics and I attempted to cajole Big Girl into a Mommy/Daughter pic which she wasn't digging.
As for my 5K - it was my second goal race of the year. I did some warm up strides (maybe 4-5 thirty second strides) and could already feel the warm air and a bit of humidity. Nothing stifling, but a presence nonetheless. My goal was to shoot for negative splits (and I secretly wanted hardware).
My first mile nearly dipped into the sixes - it was 7:00 on the nose. As usual, this concerned me. I didn't want to burn out too soon, but the pace didn't feel too fast. I slowed a little, as this next mile was covered mostly in sun. The course was primarily long straightaways, which were difficult to pace. Running them too fast could end in disaster, but it was also daunting to look ahead and see how far you still had to go before a turn. It's interesting how much a particular course can affect your race strategy. Mile two showed 7:29 on my garmin. I'm sure I frowned. That was not good news, but it's the second time in my life I've hit two miles in under 15 minutes (14:29 on my watch). The third mile started slow, but I did my best to pick it up like crazy. I wanted a negative split - at least one. I can honestly say I gave it my all that last half mile. My third mile hit at 7:28 on my watch (hooray!) and I think it was another 42 seconds before I crossed the line. My garmin said 22:40. However, that was kind of nowhere near my official time.
Post race, I met up with Grandma and the kids (God Bless Grandma for her child minding so I can run races!!)). Big Girl was super psyched to see me and met me at the finish line (probably wondered why I was bent over and wheezing - but I recovered pretty quickly and was confused about how to feel about my result). If 22:40 was my time, then I had scored another PR. But I had to wait for the official results. It was also unclear as to whether or not I had placed in my age group. So we hung out at the playground, letting the kids run around and eat snacks in the gorgeous weather while they announced winners.
My official time was 22:48 (7:21 avg). So, no PR. But, I was shocked to hear my name for FIRST place in the Female 35-39 age group! And the bronze Olympic style medallion was by far the coolest hardware I've scored in a long time! A solid chunk of trophy on a ribbon - yay!
|first in AG!|
I have quite a few thoughts on this race effort - and if I am to improve, I need to reflect a bit. One, the weather, while not hot, was warmer and muggier than I've seen this season. There was quite a bit of sun on the course, and that may have made a difference. I can't explain this - but I felt fast and slow at the same time. During Ravenswood, I felt light, strong and fast during most of the race. But yesterday I felt fast but heavier; like my legs were springy but fatigued. I'm wondering if I did too much this past week and did not allow enough taper? It's tough with 5K's, timing the hard workouts and the taper. Maybe I needed more rest? Also, I do not understand the 8 second difference between my garmin and the clock? I really tried to hit the buttons after I crossed the mats, but who knows. And I didn't use the satellites - so distance was not recorded, just time. I might as well have used a simple timer. But that is the official time, so that's the one I have to accept. And it was good for hardware, so I can't complain too much ;))
Lastly, I have to remember I've only been "racing" 5Ks for like two months. Running sub 23's is not something I should really take for granted, even if I do want to "go for the gold." Right now, I think I just have to be satisfied with another solid race that's helping train my legs to turn over quickly and gain strength and speed. It's a good place to be.
My next "race" is Saturday - it will be a first for me. Details to come ;))