|Cumston Hall (source)|
The first mile was a mostly a gradual uphill before reaching the U-turn in the course. This is the first race I've run where I can see the leaders coming toward me and was able to count how many ladies were ahead on me. Only three at this point! Shortly after the turnaround point was the first mile marker. My watch recorded a 7:47. I needed to average under a 7:50 pace to PR. My legs were still getting warmed up and I was optimistic knowing that the hardest part of the course was over.
The second mile was mostly downhill with a couple small rises. There was one girl in a turquoise top that was about 100 meters ahead who I was keeping my eye on. I just tried to not let her get any further away, but the air felt heavy and I found it hard to breath deep. This is where the splits get a little wonky. At the second mile marker my split was a 7:06! WHAT?!? Okay, I know it was a little downhill, but I was a little skeptical of the placement of the marker.
The last mile had a couple rolling "hills" and finished on a flat back to where we started. At about mile 2.5 a lady in pink passed me and I just had to let her go. I hate that after the fact I wish I fought a little harder to keep with her, but at the time I felt I was giving it all I could. I closed the gap a bit on the girl in turquoise, but couldn't quite catch her. Around the three mile mark I was 'duded' by a 60-year-old that made some comment like, "Start running, this is a race." Yeah, shut up guy. Mile three split - 7:34! Wahoo, I'm going to kill my previous 5K PR!
Where is the finish line? I see it, but that looks way further than .1 miles. My split for the .1 mile that went on forever - 1:30. That equals a 15 minute mile pace. Uh...yeah...no. They must have placed the second mile marker wrong and the extra was here at the end, which would make my splits make more sense.
But I still got a PR! My official time - 23:59.
After checking the course on LogYourRun.com, it seems like it might be a little short, but I'm still going with a PR...the map could be wrong. :-P
My secret goal was to get below 24 minutes and I just squeaked by. Here I am racing to the finish -
I'm moving so fast, I'm a blur! Or we need a new camera. Or the hubby needs practice (in his defense, he was watching both boys at the time too).
|Zeke and I|
It turns out I was only five seconds from beating the girl in turquoise (who was in my age group) and a medal, and seven seconds from third female. Gotta dig deeper!
I'm still waiting to see the official race photos, but wanted to get this recap written. I'll post them when I get them.
After the award ceremony and raffle (missed out on a pumpkin by two numbers), we checked out the rest of Apple Fest, had some popcorn and apple pie, and Zeke enjoyed a tractor barrel ride.
|Watching Zeke leave with the tractor...next year, buddy.|
|The ride home|