I started the week going back and forth about whether I should sign up for the race. Currently, I don't have the fitness to race a 5k so I knew the race would feel hard and I wouldn't get a good time. But . . . I decided to sign up at the last minute and use the race as a quality workout, running around 7:50 min/mile pace.
Waiting for the race to start (Thx for the race pics, Sheila!)
As expected, these miles felt hard, even going at a slower pace. I didn't wear my Garmin because I wanted to run by effort, but there weren't any mile markers so I only had a rough idea of where I was on the course. I spent the first two miles counting to 100 again and again in my head to distract myself and make the distance go by faster.
Toward the end of the race (about a half mile out?), I passed a few girls and heard one of them yell my name. Turns out it was my friend Tracey! Now at this point, I knew I had to start pushing to avoid getting outkicked right before the finish line. Tracey is fast and her PRs are similar to mine so I knew she was right behind me.
I could hear the crowd cheering and as I turned the final corner the finish line came into view. I could see a woman in front of me and wondered if I could catch her. She was pretty far away so it was a long shot, but I kicked up the pace anyways, knowing that you never know what might happen during a race! She ended up crossing first, but maybe if the race had been a few meters longer . . . ;)
Here are my race results:
Average Pace: 7:17
Gender Place: 4/148
Age Group Place: 2/27
My friend Sheila was spectating and she says I was the 3rd woman to cross the finish line. But with chip timing, I was actually 4th - and was beat by just one second! This was a tad frustrating but it just shows that every second counts during a race.
It was a decent race and I'm happy I did better than expected. Although it was not close to my 5k PR, I think it was a good time considering I haven't done speedwork in quite some time and wasn't trying to race the distance.
My mom also did the race and ended up getting a new 5k PR and won 2nd in her age group. My coworker, Lisa, did the 10k distance and won 3rd in her age group. As for Tracey, she won her age group - I told you she is fast!
Mom and I wearing matching Oiselle tanks and armwarmers!
Overall, a fun morning and after the race, Mom and I went to Cedarburg for lunch and shopping. It was my first time visiting the historic area and I ended up getting these macarons as a little treat for a good race :)
I heart macarons!
Your turn: Have you ever ran a race as a workout? Also, what do you tend to think about during a race? Or, if you're not into running, how did you enjoy the fantastic weather over the weekend?