This past Sunday I ran my first 5K of the year. I wasn't necessarily expecting to run fast. I haven't done any sort of structured speed work in 8 months or so and running so much less, though mileage is now increasing as marathon training is underway. Anyway, like the Sugarloaf 15K, this meant I felt no pressure. I like doing this race since the girls and I used to run on the rail trail all the time (and hopefully will again soon...miss them) and my dad is on the Board of Directors for the trail, so it is something I like to support.
I got up early to make the trek to Augusta to pick up my bib. As soon as I parked and got out of the car the sky opened up and it poured. Fabulous.
I got my bib and shirt (happy that they were a pretty blue this year compared to the ugly brown they gave out last year) and sat down inside to wait for the start.
I saw Louise and we chatted for a bit and I drooled over her new Mizuno Wave Sayonaras.
We waited undercover (thankfully) as the half marathon started 15 minutes before the 5K. I did the half last year and it was so hot. Since I'm just upping my mileage and hadn't raced a 5K in over a year, I opted for the shorter distance.
With just a couple minutes before the start the rain really started coming down. Like it can't physically rain any harder. The clouds were literally dumping buckets of water on our heads. Then we were off. There was no dodging puddles. I forgot my hat, so I was squinting as water ran into my eyes. I didn't start my Garmin soon enough and was a good 10 seconds into the race before it found the satellite. I did look down and see a sub-7 and in my head I freaked out a little...too fast, too fast!
Once on the trail and nearly a mile in the rain let up. I was in a groove and was running strong. My Mizuno EVO Cursoris drain water really well and felt great on my feet. I passed a couple of teenagers on the way out and soon the lead male was coming toward me and I started counting the female runners to find out my place. I counted 7 and then hit the turn around! I was in the top 10!
I didn't think I was going to PR and just had my watch set on pace/distance since I started it late. I passed another kid (male) and another guy and I could see the finish would be coming soon. I was pushing the pace, but not too crazy because my stomach was starting to feel like I was going to throw up. I was feeling really hot and humid as the rain was staring to evaporate off the ground.
I saw 23:2x on the race clock (my PR is 23:49) and knew it was going to be close. I was done and immediately went to the trash can and fought off dry heaves. That was the first time I ran hard enough that I wanted to throw up. I recovered and nibbled on bagels, cheered on the other runners, and waited for the results to be posted.
Louise and I took some drowned rat pictures and texted Jen who was working, but had come down to the trail further up to cheer and take pictures of the half marathon runners.
|It poured rain the last time I wore this top & bottom - YMX top, Running Skirts skirt|
(photo courtesy of Louise Cunningham)
I checked the results and my chip time was 23:47, a 2 second PR! (In later checking the results, my time is recorded as 23:51...oh well.) But I also saw 2/13 by my name and was psyched as they give out awards to the top two in each age group.
They were just starting the 5K awards as the first half runners came to the finish. It was an exciting as Seth (the winner from last year) and another guy ran neck and neck to the line!
They got to the 30-39 female winners and the race director called my name first! The woman who won the 5K was in my age group, so I was #1! (Cool fact - other than the winner, the other 6 ladies who finished ahead of me are teenagers or in their very early-20s...not shabby for this old lady.)
My race stats:
23:47, 7:40 pace (7:40, 7:33, 7:50, :44)
23 out of 97 overall, 8 out of 53 females, 1 out of 12 in age group 30-39
Overall, this is a great race. It's a smallish field and a fast course and one that I will be doing year after year.