Because I hadn't raced since November, I was more than ready to throw myself into this one and see what I could do.
So the interesting twist with this race was a 1-mile race within the 5k race. The first three men and women to cross the 1-mile mark would win a cash prize. The week of the race, I went back and forth on my strategy for the race. Should I go for a fast first mile and then jog the second and third mile? Or, should I race a smart 5k and see where my fitness is currently at for the distance? In the end, I decided to go for a smart 5k race because as fun as it would be to throw caution to the wind and run an all-out mile, it might not be the best decision in the long term.
Even though I was not racing for the 1-mile prize, I still lined up a bit closer to the front than I normally do because I didn't want to get stuck behind any crowds of people. The first mile was pretty uneventful. My main focus was going out fast but at a pace I knew I could hold for the entire race. I crossed the 1-mile mark at 6:58. I was actually pretty surprised by that because the pace didn't feel that fast!
During the second mile, my main focus was catching and passing as many ladies as I could. I got past two and had one within sight that I made my goal to reel in by the end of the race. I had a minor scare with a slip during this mile, but fortunately caught myself before I fell. However, it was a reminder that I needed to be careful!
At the turnaround point, also the 2-mile marker, I could see I was the 5th female and that I was getting closer to the woman in front of me. Usually at this point in the race, I tend to slow a bit out of fatigue but not this time. Instead, I felt pretty good and told myself I was going to keep pushing til it hurt. The distance went by pretty fast and soon we were less than a quarter mile from the finish at which point I decided to kick it in. Just pretended I was sprinting a lap during Y-Fuse! The next thing I knew, I had moved up to 4th female and then crossed the finish line.
Pace: 6:56 minute/mile
Gender Place: 4/269
Age Group Place: 1/41
So overall a solid race! I was pretty pleased with my time and pace and the effort it took for those times. Also, an AG win always makes a race extra sweet :)
Mom and I after the race!
Up next is the Luck of the Irish 5k in mid-March. I can't wait to see what I can run at this race with a few more weeks of training under my belt!
My questions for you:
- Did you race last weekend? If so, how did it go?
- When racing, do you embrace the pain or try to distract yourself from feeling it?
- What are you most looking forward to this week?
I can't wait to meet some friends for tacos on Friday night!