Last Saturday's race, the Milwaukee Santa 5k, was great. The weather was perfect, I know the course quite well and it was a smaller race so there weren't tons of people to dodge throughout the race. It all added up to a new PR and a 3rd place AG award!
A new medal for my collection!
Here are my race stats:
Average Pace: 7:07
Overall Place: 28/697
Gender Place: 11/488
Age Group Place: 3/80
Since the race start was close to my apartment, I ran over and used it as my warmup. I met up with my incredibly fast friend Sheila just minutes before the start. We lined up and then took off!
Sheila pulled ahead right away. I knew I wouldn't be able to catch her, so made it my goal to just keep her within my sights throughout the race. There was a ton of goose poop along the first mile, so along with trying to maintain pace, I was trying to dodge the droppings!
Notice the ground - total obstacle course!
About half way through the course, I hit the Mason Street hill. I knew it was coming, but that didn't make it any easier to climb! I know I lost a bit of time here, so it's time to start doing more hillwork again.
The last mile of the race, I was just trying to hang on the best I could. I kept telling myself, "I breathe in strength. I breathe out weakness." I also reminded myself it was time to pay the price! With the finish line in sight, I sped up until I crossed the line. As usual, I felt like collapsing in the grass, but I saw Sheila right away (she finished 2nd in our age group!) and also the ground was covered with goose droppings. Ew.
While I was thrilled with the PR and age group award, I am a tad disappointed to have missed my goal time by a mere four seconds. Looking back at the race, I can identify where I probably could have shaved off that time - I was sloppy on two turns, didn't push as hard as I should have up the hill and started my kick into the finish a tad too late.
This leaves one more race in 2012 to get my goal time and join the "21 club" as Sheila put it. If it doesn't happen this year, I look forward to chasing it down next year :)
Up next I have back-to-back 5k races: Run Into the New Year (Dec. 31) and the Polar Bear Dash (Jan. 1). Anyone else running these events? OR, anyone have any tips for running back-to-back races?
I want a great time at both events!