This past Saturday, I set my alarm for the first time in more than a week for a super fun event: a last minute 5K that I had found out about from a local running store - and the best part about it? It was FREE!
I didn’t really know what to expect, other than there would be water and course marshals, but I was excited to run somewhere new and possibly meet a few new people. I had not raced a 5K since last summer (see: crazy crash and burn race + garminless 5K) and even then, my times were not a lot to write home about (I was stuck in the 25:XX zone) so my goals were really loose:
- Enjoy the run
- Not melt and/or die
Haha! Really though, it was humid to the max, and the run location was right on the other side of the bridge over to Siesta Key so I knew it would be steamy at 7 AM…so imagine my surprise when this happened:
Sure, there were only about 75 runners, and there’s a good chance that 1/2 of them were run-walkers, but I felt pretty awesome anyway! Plus, I unofficially beat my standing 5K PR by 3 seconds, so it was a double win for me.
The running course was a good one – we started at the New Balance Store, then ran a little out and back down the street before heading onto Stickney Point Road, up and over the bridge to Siesta Key, to the marina and a loop back to the store. Once we got going, my strategy was this: keep the leaders in the corner of my eye. There was a teenage girl behind me for the first mile, and I was almost sure she’d pass me in Mile 2, but I stopped hearing her behind me – and as we headed back across the bridge, I didn’t see her at all.
I did have to walk for about 15 seconds at about Mile 2.7 or so, as sweat was blinding me. My visor is great, but with that kind of humidity, I swear every part of your face is perspiring! Haha! I wiped my face, took a deep breath, and started back up, and focused in on a strong finish…seeing a sub-24 on the finisher clock as I rounded the parking lot pushed me to kick it up a notch for the last few strides, too.
The run organizers were super nice, and we even got little goodie bags with some NB swag, GU and race / training information…and my first female certificate netted me a cool $25 gift certificate which I hope to use soon for some new socks! Exciting, right?!
Anywho, I was super glad that I went, and though the time wasn’t official, it was a good start to my new training cycle - wahhhoooo!
Do you count unofficial PRs as PBs?