I picked up my race packet on Wednesday for the 5 mile Womens Run on Saturday. The shirts are just regular long sleeve cotton shirts. I keep hoping they will switch to tech shirts, but it wasn't this year. They always have a pretty design for their shirts. This year the shirts were a dark purple.
The gun went off right at 8 am and we were off. The first mile felt really good. I felt great, my legs felt great, my breathing was under control. I worked on holding an even pace and not going too fast too early in the race. First mile split was 6:42.
Right after the first mile we turned and suddenly were running into the wind. This kind of threw me a little and I was having trouble staying focused mentally. I did pass a couple of girls in the second mile, but ran it a lot slower in 7:02
Miles three and four went by pretty fast and I was feeling pretty good and at the same time still having problems staying focused mentally. I would start with a mantra and pretty soon would realize I was thinking about the wind or my hip or anything but focusing on the race and my pace would be slowing down. Splits were 6:54 and 7:08
Mile 5 was with the wind again and I was catching a girl I knew in front of me, we spent most of the last mile leap frogging each other, I kept thinking wow we are really pushing each other and we were but still weren't going much faster than a 7 min/mile pace. We were both pretty tired. She ended up crossing the finish line in front of me, but we both finished under 35 minutes.
My goal was to beat last years time of 35:01 and my Garmin time was 34:58 for 5.06 miles for a 6:55 pace so I am happy with that.
Last year I won my age group and this year took 5th in it. The girl who won my age group also ran in the Olympic Marathon trials earlier this year so I never feel bad about her beating me.
Not everyone stuck around for awards.