RECAP: 2015 Pineview Python 5K

5K. Three point one miles.

No matter how many times I tell myself a 5K shouldn’t be a source of anxiety or stress, somehow, it always is – so this past weekend, after weeks of low mileage, I almost skipped this race. Yet, I still found myself lacing up my new Brooks Launch 2 on Saturday morning, clicking on my headlamp, and heading out the door to my second 5K of the year: the Pineview Python 5K.

Now, I have to say a HUGE motivator this weekend was the fact that this race was about as close to “my backyard” as it could get – just 1.2 miles up the street! I told myself I could take it easy, and just enjoy the run.

After the quick jaunt over, I made my way to the same-day registration table, paid my fee, then threw down .8 more miles for a full 2-mile warmup, then ran into some friends, who I hung around until it was time to line up for the race.

Now, the only negative to this race was the crowded start – when people self-seed, there are always chances that people are in the wrong place to start – and with it being at a school (Pineview), there were plenty of kids demonstrating what I call the “sprint and stop.” I worked to reach a steady pace, which took about half a mile (~8 min-ish, which turned out to be my fastest mile, inadvertantly).

The course winded off the Pineview campus, then onto the main road briefly, before veering into a quiet neighborhood. Aside from the people blatantly ignoring race volunteers telling everyone to stay to the right – it was pretty smooth – the course, anyway. My body was not feeling the idea of speeding up – between the cumulative fatigue and intense humidity – so I just focused on moving forward.

About 1.3 miles in or so, my friend Mo popped up shouted out that she was right behind me. I let her know that I was not feeling it, but she responded back that I had been motivating her. That boosted me back up to keep up the pace, and we kept on for a while more before she passed me and I cheered! She was looking great!!

pineview5k51.7ish, we reached an area where the leaders were heading home (kind of a corner loop) and I had a better mental image as to where we “were,” in relation to the campus.The race peeled into a pine-lined path as we neared the end, and I could hear the cheering at the finish. That was probably the third best moment that morning!!

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Seconds after that picture was taken, we made the final turn, to bring it to the finish on the Pineview track. Now that was awesome – second best moment…

Pineview 5k4Glancing down at my watch, I saw a number I had not seen in a 5K for years…25 minutes. Now, a 25 minute finish would be right on par for my training plan workout of doing three miles at 8:30, but as far as racing, it was about 3 minutes over my performance from just two months ago. Yet, I didn’t feel upset, or disappointed – all I felt was gratitude that my legs had taken me to yet another finish line.

In the post-finish area, I met up with Mo (she PR’d!!!), Eric (another PR!) and Rob (PR City!) and we took a look at preliminary results – and by golly, we all had placed! Sweet!!

pineview5k6While we waited for the awards ceremony we enjoyed a great post-race spread, including coffee from Panera and local popsicles and froyo!

I was stoked to receive my very first trophy – not too bad! Even better – I still had my run home to do, so I carried it home proudly, like a relay baton (def my favorite ever moment)!

I am so glad that I decided to run! I will return again next year!!

Did you race this weekend? 

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