On the way to my race... bumping to an old cd I found at home...
I arrived about an hour early (which was plenty) in order to do some warm ups. The race started at 10, which was later than normal, so I had a peanut butter sandwich at home instead of the normal clif bar and banana. At 9:15 I went out for a twenty minute jog (2.5 miles) and then I got back and relaxed a bit. At 9:50 I did a few strides to get the heart rate up and ready to go.
Here was the shirt and generic bib. My Mom is the proud owner of my race shirt.
At 10 am, the gun went off after a little malfunction. I was at the front of the gate. I took off with another competitive runner (and a few young kids that held on for a quarter mile) and we were making our way down the first straightaway.
|On the way out.... not many runners in sight.|
I held with the front-runner for a while before he started pulling ahead. I knew I had gone out too fast and started easing up a bit. I was okay with this. One other runner passed me at the 1/2 mile mark and was cruising. He obviously had more experience in this distance than I did. The two runners in front of me battled a bit before the original leader was passed. At the 1.5 mile mark, I was a little less than a tenth of a mile behind 2nd place. There was a hill and then the course turned and went back towards the start.
From here, I started to try and catch 2nd. I has slowly reeling him in and finally caught him. He knew I was there, because he stepped it up a bit. I didn't think I had a chance, but I kept with him. Eventually we arrived at one of the long straightaways and I went for a push. I was able to work ahead and tried to gain as much space as possible in case he had a kick. I turned the last corner (looked behind me) and knew I had 20 or so seconds on him.
|bringing it in with room to spare!|
And there you have it, 2nd place at my first 5k! My official time was 19:20, but the course was a bit longer than 3.1 (it was 3.15). My garmin is pretty accurate and I don't think this course was certified, but that's okay. My garmin said I was moving at a 6:09 pace which I was very pleased with, especially being sick.
|My wonderful Mother! Always cheering for me! First place age group 20-29.|
From here on out, I now have a bar to beat. Before this I had no idea what my 5k pace was. I am happy to have participated in this fun event and it was even cooler actually racing it and being in the front. I think I want to do more smaller events like this in the future. For now, it's time to get ready for Houston!