"Every child needs a hero, but an abused child needs a Superhero"
It's a small local race in its' first year. If you know me, 5K's are really not my thing but Thing 1 was volunteering & it was a good friends charity that was benefitting. Plus I got to break out my Wonder Woman shirt & socks...& who wouldn't LOVE that????
I started out with an easy 5 miler to warm up. I needed some extra mileage today and I really never get going until the 3rd or 4th mile so I knew going out cold wouldn't work out well at all. It felt good & I managed a comfortable 10:18 pace. Plus I needed to see how the Newtons would feel with some miles on them.
The Verdict: Awesome! Comfortable, cushioned & no issues whatsoever in the metatarsal area. I am relieved!
I didn't have to wait long for the race to start. Maybe 10 minutes. There was a pretty good crowd. Around 225, i think.
Ready. Set. Go! And we were off.
Being that it is XC season and the high schoolers were out of the mix, I lined up close to the front after noting that a lot of folks didn't look like hardcore competitive runners. Not that I am, but I just didn't want to dodge too many at the start. The race was an out and back on a gravel trail. A bit narrow at times but no major issues. A couple girls almost took me out crossing in front of me in the opposite direction to get to the water station but other than that it was fine. I was through the first mile in 8:38!?!? Yes, that's right...8:38. I was a little scared when it beeped and I looked at the split but I was running steady and feeling fine so I just kept going. A few people passed me but by the time we got to around a mile and a quarter, the people that went out hard were paying for it and started to drop back. By the half I was steadily moving up. (I skipped the water station...really not necessary for a 5k but it was getting lots of action nonetheless) Mile 2 went by at 8:47....not bad. I felt pretty good...I was in a groove. I just focused on the person in front of me and started to reel them in one at a time. Mile 3: 8:38
Then it was a sprint to the finish! Finished the last .1@7:54 pace and crossed the line @ 26:54!
Off my PR by a few seconds but that's ok because it apparently was good enough for a 1st Place Age Group Win!!!
That's NEVER happened to me before! In fact, I thought I was much further back than I was. Turns out I was:
& 1st in the 40-49AG
It was definitely a fun run! If this is what 26ish minutes gets a gal, I may have to come back every year! And yes, my bloggy friends, that IS my victory cape! Lol! Love it!
This is me showing thing 1 my finishing pace...he was amused by his crazy mama ;-D