The starting line was NOT well organized and when they said GO it was a little bit of chaos. Finally, wove through a bunch of people to easy open running and t felt tired at the half mile mark, ugh. The whole first mile was into the wind and we went into a tunnel, where my garmin lost reception, the wind was really killer in the tunnel. We turned out of the wind at the mile mark so that we could run uphill for half a mile. and my right shoe UNTIED itself, the darn thing was DOUBLE knotted. I was not about to stop to tie it, so I ran with it untied the rest of the way. I hate that, but I didn't want to ruin my rhythm. With the way I was feeling I was afraid I'd never get going again.
The rest got easier, got to go downhill some and run with the wind for a while. I finally felt like I was falling into a good pace at the start of the third mile, it ended up being the fastest mile at 6:41 min/mile pace.The whole last half mile there was some guy right behind that sounded like he stomping and breathing really hard. I was not about to let him pass me. He didn't! I couldn't believe how off I felt today. It was a little discouraging. I am wondering how much of it was mental, but usually I feel so on fire through the whole first mile. That was not there today.
Still ended up first in my age group and second female overall, so I was happy with that! The first place female was only 8 seconds in front of me, and in her 50's. It was a little inspirational to be beat by someone in her fifties. It makes me feel good that when I am her age maybe I can still be this fast too.
I remembered my camera but forgot my memory card so sigh no pictures. I was so bummed. Really wanted to get a picture with my cross country buddy from high school. Time was 21:01. So not a bad time not sure that it was a full 5k, it might have been about .05 ish short hard to tell since it lost reception in the tunnel.
So for a 5k this is a personal best time, it wasn't really 3.1, but 3.05ish. (I was in a tunnel for about 15-20 seconds) so not sure on exact distance.
Does that still count towards a personal best?I'm going to take it because as far as me and my garmin can tell none of the 5ks that I have done have been exactly 3.1 miles.
What do you guys think, do you count it even if it is short or long on distance?I think I will as long as it is within a tenth of a mile. SOOOO NEW personal best for me today and I was feeling like crap.
Does it make anyone else crazy when races aren't the EXACT distance they are supposed to be?Yes this drives me nuts, maybe I'm a little Type A over this, which usually I am not very type A!