Another 5K down!
Again, nowhere near PR, but this course was a little crazy..
…as was the weather. Evidence?
Yeah, around the 1/2 way point, it was POURING. BUCKETS. It made for some really attractive photos…
Seriously, do you want tips on how to look attractive when running a rainy 5k?
All kidding aside, I did enjoy this race for a few reasons…namely:
- All proceeds are donated to charity – I have absolutely no problem with paying higher race fees if I know they’re going to a good cause (this one: American Cancer Society).
- I didn’t make excuses / quit running – despite the fact that I really couldn’t see because an awesome mix of rain and sweat were blinding me for about .75 miles.
- I met some new cool running peeps – remember my last 5K update and magical Allison? Well, I “met” her today and shared my blog with her 🙂 And, Leah introduced me to Jaime (who took 1st in her age group!!!! YEAH JAIME!)
- I ran naked – um, no, not quite Meghann-style, but honestly, almost as scary: I ran without my Garmin.
The Garmin-less thing was something that I decided to do this week, after reading some of Dre’s posts about running for feel. I reaffirmed this decision this morning when Leah gave me a quick overview of the course (DOWNHILL then UPHILL). Um yup, I looked around at the start – surrounded by kids – and decided that today was not a day to PR – it was to judge my pacing skills.
And … surprise! I didn’t do so bad at all 🙂
Just like the last race, there were volunteers calling out times at mile markers.
Mile 1: 8:02, Mile 2: 16:04, Final time: 25:27 (not chip timed)
Considering I even split 1 and 2 and that last mile was rainapalooza uphill, I felt super good! I didn’t get anywhere near last race’s CRASH AND BURN feeling at the end of the race and still beat the last time by 13 seconds. All considered, I am looking forward to the fall even more for 5Ks and 10Ks to improve upon, and soon, even beat my standing 5K PR of 23:28!
Oh..and one more thing…I shared it this morning on twitter, but let me ask again, “WHY do I get more nervous race morning for a 5K than a MARATHON?!”