How many times in life can you say that every second truly counts? When it comes to racing, it's true every time you step up to the starting line and later cross the finish. In my case, it's a matter of 9 seconds that separate me from my current goal of coming in at sub-24 for a 5k race.
I may have been slightly off my mark this time, but overall, I was really pleased with the way Saturday morning's Hank Aaron State Trail 5k race turned out. Here are my results:
Average Mile Time: 7:47
Division Place: 10/114 (Top 9 percent)
Women: 44/784 (Top 6 percent)
Overall: 184/1447 (Top 13 percent)
I was able to keep my pace pretty consistent throughout the race, which was good. However, I should have started my finishing kick earlier. I wasn't paying attention to how close I was to the finish line and needed to increase speed over the final half mile, ending in a sprint. Instead I didn't start my sprint until I saw the finish line, which was too late to make much of a difference. But, live and learn - that's definitely a mistake I won't make at the next race.
My next 5k isn't until November so I have a few months until I can try again at getting my goal time. Until then, I'm focusing on training for the Haunted Hustle Half Marathon. Yet another goal time to meet - and yes, every second still counts.
Do you set goal times before you race? What goals are you currently trying to meet?