I wasn't planning on going all-out on the 10k, just a leisurely 6.2 miles. The fact that it was now a 5k changed my thinking completely. If you remember last weekend's blog post I ran two 5ks, neither of which were really a "race" for me in the sense that I was going for a PR. So this was my chance to make it happen.
I didn't go to bed super early the night before, probably didn't drink enough water the week leading up to the race, and certainly didn't warm up appropriately for a 5k, so I wasn't really in a "PR" kind of mind-set, but there I was at the start line, so I just went for it.
I'll admit that when I heard the race had been adjusted to deal with the heat for a 7:30 start time I kind of scoffed. "It's only 6 miles, not a marathon - what the heck? - people can choose whether to drop out if they feel sick - It's not that hot out - etc." Then I started running and felt bad for thinking those things. My apologies race director. It was hot and humid and I almost puked all over the finish line - but - I got a PR of 27:23!!
I've decided not to count that 5k PR time I got earlier this spring because there is simply no way I ran a 26:00. I'm pretty sure the course couldn't have been official. It went through a trail and was a very low-budget race, so maybe the measurements weren't exact. Regardless, I want to be true to myself and I know this is the fastest 3.1 miles I've ever ran - and conditions weren't exactly "ideal" so I'm really happy! Out of 197 females ages 20-24, I was 87th...woo hoo for being in the front half! :)
|The last race of the season is bitter sweet. No more races makes me sad, but sleeping in past 7 am on Saturdays makes me happy.|
What kind of last minute changes have you had to deal with at a race? (course re-route, forgot some gear, Garmin died, etc?)