I’M IN THE SUB-20 CLUB!
I’ve had this 5k on my schedule for a month. I hadn’t ran a 5k race since the Turkey Trot! I wasn’t expecting to do great – the amount of speed I have done since track ended on May 31? ZERO. I’ve also wayyy cut back on my mileage, going from running 6 days a week to running 3-4 days, all easy runs. I guess a break is just what I needed!
The race started at 10. I woke up around 6:15 when my mom left to go work our garage sale. I went back to bed until 8:45. For breakfast I made a smoothie + peanut butter banana toast.
Then I had to hurry and bike to the race, which was about 3 miles away! I think it was a good warmup.
I wore my new Brooks Pureflows! I think I need to buy another pair – they are only $40 here!
The race started right on time and we were off! Within 10 seconds of starting it started sprinkling and by halfway it was a steady rain. I didn’t mind; I’d prefer running in the rain over blistering heat! It was about 55F.
The course is an out-and-back and I went through the first mile around 6:07. The lead pack was me, my cross country coach, and another guy I didn’t know. We turned around about 9:35ish and headed back to the finish line. At the two mile the random guy started pulling ahead and I tried to stay with him. More than anything, I wanted to break 20. At 2.85 we hit the last hill and it was just one curve to the finish line. I realized I was going to break 20 when I hit the last straightaway and I sprinted in! My official time was 19:25.
My Garmin was .6 off but it was a really cloudy day and my coach said he’s measured the course numerous times, as it’s the route most local 5k’s use.
For only $15 you got a tshirt, medal, and a lunch! I had 2 sloppy joes with my newfound love for them. Then I had them for dinner too. Total of 4.5 sloppy joes yesterday.
Laura also PR’ed!
I got a plaque for being the first female runner.
I was super sore the rest of the day and it was a struggle to walk. Grandma made me take a shower and I spent some time at our garage sale.
I guess the carb loading on pizza the night before was a good idea!
And also a huge congrats to my friend Brittany who qualified for Boston yesterday!! 3:30:12.6. Hopefully someday that will be me!!
Today I’m heading up to Michigan Tech for the week for a Women in Engineering program. I don’t think I’ll be posting while I’m gone so be sure to keep in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 😀