This morning I got up before the butt crack of dawn for my pre-race prep. Incase you missed my post this morning, check it out here.
I seriously got up at 3:20am (ridic). Ate some blueberry muffins for breakfast, drank an iced coffee & was out the door by 4:40. I was meeting the running group in Clearwater for group pictures (which I missed, go figure..) Carolyn & I met in the library parking lot so we could right the trolley over to Clearwater beach together.
We had no problems getting on the trolley, besides the 25 minute wait. We hit up the potties with no issues then rode over to the start line. The trolley situation was kind of nuts. We got on okay, but when we left the line was sooooooo long. I seriously don’t know how some of the people made it to the race start on time, it was nuts.
We did a warm up run; about 1.3 miles. I must say I’m pretty proud of us for actually doing a warm up run. I was already sweating before the start of the race. It was really warm this morning.
please take note of the time. 4:37am, and it was already 73 with 82% humidity. Oh yah, that makes for a great race.
Start time was 7:15 for the 5k. Miraculously we started on time. Carolyn & I were lined up toward the front so we didn’t have to wait long before crossing the line.
I don’t have any pictures of me on the course right now. Don’t you worry though, I will share the pics when I get them.
This race went so fast. I mean, my time was fast, but mentally it was fast. At the turn around I couldn’t believe we were already turning around. I ran with out music, so that is even more surprising that it went so fast.
overall place: 28 out of 1905
division place: 5 out of 289
gender place: 28 out of 1911
Yah. So. My results are good. Hell, they are great. I mean, top 5 out of 289 women in my AG… yah, that’s awesome.. but…..
Can I be honest? I’m a little disappointed. I slacked off during the 2nd mile. I don’t even know what happened. I can’t give a mile-by-mile recap. I honestly do not remember.
I remember there was a tiny little girl in front of me for the entire race (she was 9 or 10 I’m guessing).. she started to slow down and I kept encouraging her to keep going. I said, “You didn’t run this fast, for this long to quit now. Keep going.” I asked her if it was her first 5k, she said no. ( I didn’t think so, this little girl was haulin’ tail!”) In the end she picked it up and killed me at the finish. I don’t know what her name was, and I don’t know what her time was, but she was fast! She was getting lots of cheers. Everyone we ran by was cheering her on, it was totally awesome! That’s pretty much the only thing I remember.
I didn’t feel like I was going to die at the end; this tells me I didn’t go hard enough. blargh.
My knee says I went hard enough. It didn’t hurt while I was running but sitting around after the race was painful. It tightened up and now walking is painful. fail.
There will be other 5ks and I will definitely have a chance to beat my PR. I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of pushing myself a little harder.
Don’t get me wrong, 23:43 is a great time and I’m happy with it, but I want better. I don’t want people leaving me nasty comments like they did on Megan’s blog when she commented that her half marathon time was slow(for her).
I’m officially taking this entire week off. Monday to Monday with no running. This is actually a perfect week to take off since we will be camping Thursday – Sunday.
GO BIG OR GO HOME