Race bib and a super cute medal!
Fortunately, right from the start, I could tell my legs were turning over well and a faster 5k race was possible. I passed several people within the first half mile and hit the Mile 1 marker right around 7 minutes. Soon enough, I hit the turnaround point, when I counted four women in front of me. But I still wasn't quite sure how many were in front of me for the 5k race since the Quarter Marathon turn off wasn't for another half mile or so.
The grassy areas of the park started to look quite appealing about midway through. I was definitely feeling the pace and the fact that I had done hardly any miles in the past two weeks. Huffing and puffing were the theme throughout the second mile.
It was during the third mile that I made a bit of a miscalculation - I somehow managed to forget that the other race was a quarter marathon, not a 10k. When I saw the Mile 6 marker for the quarter marathon, I thought there was only 0.2 left in the race and started my kick to the finish line. Except the finish line was still more than half a mile away. Oops. Needless to say, I was frantically looking for the finish line and ended up fading - just couldn't maintain the pace.
As I got to the finish line, I was in for a fun surprise - the announcer said I was the 2nd female! Now, I'll admit, this was a slower race - my time would maybe get an Age Group prize at most in the majority of local races - but it was still quite exciting. I've been wanting to crack the top three overall for awhile!
After the race, trying not to collapse in the grass on the side
Here are my race results:
Pace: 7:08 min/mile
Age Group Place: 2/77
Gender Place: 2/442
Overall Place: 14/657
I was pretty happy with these results and feel it puts me in a good place going into my late fall and winter 5k races. With some actual training in the books, I'm pretty sure I can get some decent race times :)
On a side note, I did this race with my mom and niece, Kyley. The kids raced before mom and I lined up so we got to watch Kyley run. She was so nervous before the start, which was just adorable, but I totally understood how she felt since I get the same way before most races! It was so cute to see how excited she was when she got a medal at the finish line. Perhaps she'll end up coming to more races with us in the upcoming year!
Three race finishers!
I'd like to know:
- How soon do you race again after a marathon?
- What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
I saw some great costumes at the Monster Run - made me wish I was more creative when it comes to that kind of thing :)