Sunday, April 28, 2013
I meant to write this three weeks ago, but I didn't, and I want to recap all my races this year, so better late than never, right?
The Fools 5K was back on April 6. It's a nice flat and fast course, and my first 5K since the same event last year. My 5K PR going into the race was from 2011, and I'd bested that pace during back in November, so I was pretty confident I could get close to my PR again, perhaps even drop it by a few seconds. On the other hand, I was in my second week of triathlon training, so I was only running two days a week, and I was worried my body might be tired from my new training schedule (I hadn't done a lot since the Hawkeye 25K in March).
I biked to the race since it was just a few miles from my house, which definitely helped my legs warm up. At the starting line I lined up by the 9:00-9:30 pace sign, but when the gun went off I found myself passing people pretty quickly. I felt good so I decided to keep at that pace and see what happened. My first mile was under 8 minutes, which hasn't happened in close to 3 years, and that was only for one mile. Miles two and three were progressively slower (I'm bad about starting too fast), but still fast than I'd anticipated. I didn't just beat my PR by seconds, I beat it by over a minute, 69 seconds to be exact! 25:37, an 8:16 pace.
Three miles has become my mileage minimum, and I don't do 5K races much anymore other than when they're part of a sprint triathlon. I might do a Snow Shuffle in December, but that's a fun run. Since it might be another year or so before I race in a 5K, I'm super pumped I ran the way I did. The only problem is that now my next logical PR goal is under 25 minutes, yikes!