My husband and I got to the race and met up with some friends who were also running. It was their first 5K in a while, so kudos to them for getting out there and tackling it with us! I know they’ll be joining us for some more in the future.
I was super excited to get my bib number – 33. Anyone who’s ever raced with me knows I like bib numbers with 3 or multiples of 3 for good luck. Yep, I’m superstitious like that. I also always drink a diet pepsi on the morning of my races. I know, it sounds crazy, but us athletes have our quirks.
The course was fast and flat through local Mansfield roads. I knew I wasn’t going to do fantastic in the race – I’ve been struggling a bit with speed the last month – but I always give it my all. I pushed hard in the first mile, clocking a 10:24 mile. That’s pretty good for me, because I’m normally a 12 minute per mile runner. Second mile I slowed a bit with 11:29, and then picked it back up slightly for an 11:17 in mile 3.
My finishing time was 35:01, with an overall pace of 11:16/mile. All in all, I was super happy with my performance. That’s a pretty good 5K time for me. After the race, we headed over to Casey O’Conors where we were treated to some post-race appetizers and indulged in a few beers...
Anyway - time to look for some good fall races – only a few 5Ks or 10Ks though. I took a lot on my plate this summer and had a road race, cycling event, or triathlon just about every weekend. I’m looking forward to having a little downtime (and going to zumba and some other classes; I like to change it up during the off-season)!
My goal for next year is to finish a 5K in under 32 minutes. Think I can do it? We’ll see! I’d love to hear from you too - What are your goals for exercise and fitness?