However, this weekend's races proved I can still run fast (for me anyways!) and I'm even wondering if I can still chase down my 2012 5k goal time of 21:XX. Here's how this weekend's races went:
This was a much bigger race than I anticipated. Turns out, there were around 2,500 people! It was an unusually warm day for late November so I'm sure that played a part. Regardless, it was great to see so many people doing something active before indulging in a Thanksgiving feast :)
I'm the girl wearing the white compression socks :)
For some reason, I decided it would be a good idea to line up toward the middle of the pack at the start line. This turned out to be a really bad decision. I wanted to avoid getting sucked out at a too fast pace, but ended up doing a lot of dodging and weaving around slower runners. Although my pace was on track for a new PR, I ended up running 3.26 instead of 3.1, which definitely hurt my time.
Average Pace: 7:25
Overall Place: 106/2,501
Gender Place: 20/1,512
Age Group Place: 3/236
I did the math after the race, and realized had I just run the tangents, I would have hit my 2012 5k goal time of 21:XX. Ugh!! So frustrating, but it only makes me more motivated to race harder in these upcoming weeks.
The Elf Run 5k Race
This was the second race in the Winter Run Series and I really wanted to run faster than I did at the first race and hopefully move up in the overall series standings. It ended up being a new PR by just a few seconds and I placed one spot higher than at the last race. Good enough for me!
It was a chilly morning and my feet were like ice cubes at the start of the race. I was forced to wear my running tights, which I can't stand because they always slide down on my hips. I decided to wear a pair of shorts on top for this race to help keep my tights up and it worked - but I ended up feeling really weighed down and bulky. There has to be a better solution . . .
At the start of the race, wearing a pink headwarmer
Anyhow, there's not a whole lot to say about the race. It was an out and back course with a few small hills. It wasn't the most scenic course, but it did seem pretty fast!
Average Pace: 7:08
Overall Place: 131/645
Age Group Place: 8/64
I've noticed the women in my age group are a lot faster this year. I'm getting my tail kicked at every race, so I really need to up my game if I'm to even place in the top 5 this year.
Anyhow, that's the racing scoop from this past weekend!
How was your holiday weekend? Did anyone else participate in a Turkey Trot or other race over the weekend? Also, what type of running tights do you wear?
I'm beginning to think I better get used to wearing shorts all winter!