Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I'm so proud of myself!! My running buddy and I completed our 5K in 27:50!! I smashed my goal of under 30. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I even met my weight loss goal of losing 5 lbs before the race. In fact, I lost 5.5 lbs!!!
The race definitely pointed out some of my weaknesses, the main one being pacing. We had calculated ahead of time that we wanted to hit the 1 mile mark by 9:30 and the 2 mile mark by 19:00.
As often happens on race day, we flew out of the gate at a bit of a sprint and had to do a bit of weaving around people but by the end of the first mile we'd settled into a nice pace. I looked down at my watch; 09:14. Awesome! Right on track! "Keep this pace!" I yelled to my running buddy.
I was feeling pretty good but started to feel a little tired through mile 2. Looked at my watch and saw 18:30, but couldn't see the 2 mile marker. 19:00, still couldn't see it. I sped up and started sprinting around the turn. Did we miss it?? Finally at 20:20 we finally passed the 2 mile marker......a full 1:20 off our goal pace!
Do or die time. We both cranked up the speed as fast as we could go. I was breathing heavy and just concentrating on making it the next few meters, then the next, then the next. Finally I saw the gates and the sign for the finish line, looked at my watch......27:00!! How did that happen?!
I tried to sprint to the finish but was already giving it my all. Looked down at my watching 28:05....woohoo! The best surprise? When the official times came out I actually did 15 seconds better than I thought with a time of 27:50!!! I came in 181 overall (out of over 1000) and 63 out of 688 women :)
We've decided we're going to work our way up to 10K then our eventual goal of running the famous Bay to Breakers race (12K) here in San Francisco. The plan is to find another 5K race sometime this fall/winter before Christmas, do a 10K in March then our 12K B2B race in May.
Wish me luck!!!