My friend Jen was running the race, so she came over and met me at my house. Our other friend Karyn also came along to cheer us on.
|Jen and me before the race. (Aidan popped into the photo too!)|
We arrived at the race and had about 30 minutes before it started. We ran into our friend Melissa.
We chatted for a while, and I whined about how night races were not my thing. I was tired. In fact, I was yawning and thinking about how crazy I must have been to sign up for a 5K that started at 8PM! I had no expectations for this race.
Meanwhile Karyn kept reminding me that I would do great since because of all the speed work that we have been doing. I was pretty much guaranteed to PR. Hrmppph. I wasn't so sure.
The horn blew. We were off. It was a small race with only 300 runners. And I really had no idea how the course would be. In fact, I wasn't sure if there were hills or if it was flat. I just ran. And a funny thing happened. I started passing people. And I felt good. I didn't feel overly out of breath or like I was going to die from over-exertion.
I came upon a hill. And I plowed through it. And I passed some more people. Then I came upon a steeper hill. And I ran the whole thing - not even thinking about walking. I passed more people and kept up a good pace.
I passed the half way point and hit a downhill portion of the race. I was flying. Did I mention how good I felt?
I came in to the home stretch and Karyn was close the finish line. She told me to kick it in and sprint. And - so I did. I crossed the finish line in 25:45.
A PR for me! My PR before that was 25:58. I was pretty excited. It always feels good to get a PR!
More importantly, I felt good. And, remember - I was running tired, and it was a little bit of a hilly race. It wasn't super awful - but it was hilly enough that it was a bit of a challenge.
Finish time: 25:45
I was #47 out of 317 runners.
The best part: I was 3rd place in my age group!!!! How exciting is that? I never placed in my age group before. I was elated.
It was a great night! Afterwards, I celebrated with a beer and some chicken wings with Jen and Karyn.
|Karyn, Jen, and me - being silly|
My next race is a 10 miler on 8/17. It is one of my favorites - The Clove Run! I like to treat it as a training run for my October half.
On a side note - my July running stats:
74 miles - which was 2 miles more than June.
Have a great night!