Sunday, May 08, 2011
The Mayfaire 5K was my second race. I think I did good. First of all, I finished. That's good. I was far from last. That's good. I got the hydration right (wasn't dehydrated, but didn't need bio-break). That's good. My new MP3 earbuds that curl around my ears worked great. My newly adjusted glasses with new nosepads stayed put, unlike last time when they jiggled up and down on my nose. No blisters. No chaffing. No wardrobe malfunctions. All that is good.
I saw several people I know, including SparkFriend PinkSaint, Beth the Weight Watcher receptionist, and Kathy who I met at my first Lakeland Runner's Club meeting. Good! My hubby cheered me on near the beginning and again near the end. Very good!
Unlike last time, I didn't start out too fast. Actually, the pack was blocking me. I started with the 10 minutes per mile group but they were slow. Nonetheless, I ran my first mile in 10:46, even with the hill and pack, compared to my last race of a flat mile in 11 minutes flat. My second mile was at 20:45. The finish clock was around 31:09 when I ran under it, but my chip time I am sure is considerably faster. I'm guessing my time was 30:41, but it is just a guess. It should be in the newspaper tomorrow and on the Lakeland Runner's Club Website within a few days. So I feel certain I set a personal best, breaking my previous time of 31:19. I feel pretty good about it even though I undoubtedly didn't break 30 minutes like I had hoped.
Hubby drove me and dropped me off to avoid parking problems. He had a good meal while I was getting set up and warmed up. Then he got to see me race, but he was ready to go home when I was done. So I didn't get to find out my official time or who won my age group. Tomorrow I'll find out. That's soon enough.