I'm even such a great runner that I managed to line up with the elites last year.
So this year for the "5k" they decided to switch things up and make it a 5.2 mile race because it's their ten year anniversary so they added .10 on. This made a big issue for me because they still took your time and put it in for 3.1 so the pace online is not even correct. I'm very glad I had my Garmin because it clocked the total distance in at 3.25 miles and it also showed me my real 5k time.
On the way to this race I jammed out to music. I love blasting music on the way to a race to get me in the mood to run hard. Then I remembered how I was driving the exact same way as I did to my first half marathon earlier this year and it made me smile because for that drive down I also had blasted my music as loud as I could handle and sang as loudly as I could. I was ready.
This year I lined up a bit behind the local elites to avoid being passed like crazy the first .25 miles. It's a really small line up (only 300 runners) so it's easy to get to where you need to be. The race started on time and we were off. I just kept telling myself to push myself and to watch my breathing. I wasn't over dressed and this helped me a lot mentally. I hate being hot.
At the 1 mile mark I looked down at my Garmin and saw I clocked in at an 8:54. That made me excited but I knew I was going faster than I could keep up but I just kept with it. Mile two I slowed down a bit and clocked in at 9:15. At this point I started to feel tired. I was happy with how everything was going but couldn't help thinking that if I had been running more lately, I could have kept up the pace a bit more. Mile 3 was a 9:29 pace. At the real 3.1 mark I made sure to look down and press lap on my Garmin because I wanted this race to count as a PR for me.
3.1 miles in 28:35
Over one full minute faster than last year.
This gives me such hope that I can do better. This whole year I felt like I had not improved and even though it was only 1 minute faster, it gives me hope.
For the record, I did complete the whole 3.25 miles in 29:48.
If I find anymore pictures of my arm, leg or back of the head, I'll be sure to share them.