Well, guys… Sunday didn’t quite turn out how I had planned. Before I get to that, I’ll start from the beginning.
I woke up at about 7 am on Sunday morning (amazing for race day) and made my way downstairs to force some oatmeal down my throat. I was so incredibly excited for this race. I got dressed in my Team Sparkle skirt, Run Pretty Far arm warmers and Fit Approach tank top. Then, it was time to head out.
I parked my car and ran a little warm up to the start. I was only a quarter mile away, so it was a little baby warm up but I just wanted to get a feel for my legs. They felt GREAT. I picked up my race bib, attached it to my shirt, checked my bags and spent the next half hour people watching.
About 10 minutes before the start, I headed to the start line. Right on time, they counted down, and we were off!
I took off running and felt amazing! People on the sides were yelling “GO TUTU” and it pumped me up even more. I kept running with a goofy grin on my face. Next thing I know, I look down at my Garmin… 8:30 mile pace?!!? WTF?! I don’t run this fast!! I needed to pull it back in a BIG way. I hit mile 1 at 9:54. Perfect. Exactly the pace I was looking for.
I kept running with the hope that I didn’t screw up my race with being so eager the first half mile, but I quickly discovered that I just wasn’t going to be able to hang in there. By mile 1.5 my legs were on fire. Not “oh yeah, feel the burn” fire. More like “WTF was I thinking, make it STOP” fire. I kept trying to push, but I just knew it wasn’t going to happen. I was BEAT and still had half a race to finish. I hit mile 2 at something like 11:14. Yikes.
THEN, I had to WALK. Yes, I said walk. I had to walk in a freaking 5k. What the eff is that nonsense? I walk in half marathons, not 5ks! Right after I took my walk break, my head just wasn’t in it anymore. I was pissed at myself for being so stupid at the beginning. I slowly kept dragging along. Eventually, I made my way across the finish line in 33:58 (official time). Almost a full 3 minutes off of what I was aiming for.
It is funny though… even though this race wasn’t what I was hoping for, I absolutely loved it. It is a beautiful, FLAT course. It is ran extremely well. Everything was extremely smooth and efficient. They even have after race entertainment if you stick around. It was raining quite a bit after the race, so I bailed after I grabbed some snacks. I’d love to stay next year though.
I highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a 5k course to PR on. It ABSOLUTELY had PR potential. In fact, it holds my current PR. I will get you next time 31:16. I know I can beat you. I KNOW I HAVE A PR IN ME.