Monday, January 01, 2007
This year is off to a great start! I ran my 2nd 5K today. It was a small race and I was able to place 5th out of 16 in my age group with a time of 29:19, a new personal best! I shaved 2:48 off my 1st 5K time 6 weeks ago. I passed a lot of people on the 2nd mile and then at the start of the 3rd mile I came up behind a guy wearing a marathon shirt and I just kept running behind him. I was thinking I'd do well running behind him since he's run a marathon and he should pace himself well. But in hindsight I probably should have just passed him because I was pretty comfortable keeping up with him and he didn't really pick up his pace much. So my 3rd mile was the same pace as my 2nd. It should've been faster. I expected my average pace today to be a little faster than usual since it was a race, but besides staying behind that guy, I think mentally I was afraid that if I sped up, I might push too hard and end up one those people bent over on the side of the road. It's strange how much of running is in your head. It's much easier for me to push myself when I'm alone on the track. Anyway, it was a beautiful, sunny day and the race was on a nice, scenic dirt trail, and I was smiling almost the entire time. Now that I've officially run a sub 30 5K I can move on to a 10K.