|Running in for a finish time of 26:00 on the dot|
I decided to do another one of the races yesterday, June 25, because I wasn’t positive I’d be able to attend the other two (one is on the morning of July 4th, and I’m not sure what our plans are yet), and I didn’t want to end up only completing 2 of the races and miss out on the shirt. 🙂 The race was in Goodland, IN, where they were having a weekend-long event called the Goodland Grand Prix. The main event is a go kart race, but the festivities last the entire weekend.
The 5k was set to start at 8 am, with registration from 7-7:45. We live about 45 minutes away from Goodland, but we are also in a different time zone, so we had to leave our house at 7:30 (EDT) to be there by 7:15 (CDT). Indiana is a little silly, having different parts of the state in different time zones, ha! I ate my typical breakfast of oatmeal with peanut butter and banana, drank some coffee, and we were off. Once we arrived, registration was quick and easy. By the time I pinned on my bib, found a bathroom, and dropped some stuff back at the car, it was time to walk to the start line. I hopped around in place a little bit, but didn’t really have much of a chance to warm up. Before I knew it, the race had started!
Mile 1: I tried to focus on slowing down at the beginning, because I always start out way too fast during 5ks. About a half mile into the race, I caught up to two girls who I recognized from previous local races, and realized they were running about the speed that I wanted to be running at. I tucked in behind them and continued on. When my watch beeped that the first mile was complete, I looked down and saw a time of 7:39.
Mile 2: Goodland is a small town, so this race circles around the entire town, and still has to make an extra small loop to get to the 5k distance. 🙂
|Follow dark arrows first, then the light arrows to finish the 5k|
I am not very familar with the town, and I had barely glanced at the race map before we started, so I was never sure where we were heading. I think this can be a good thing because it forces you to simply focus on the present, but it also can be a mental struggle because you don’t know what to expect. A large majority of Mile 2 is heading south, and we were going straight into the wind, so it was a little exhausting. I started to feel bad about running behind the two girls in front of me, so I tried to pass them, but I couldn’t get myself to go any faster, and ended up staying right behind them. This mile finished in 8:19.
Mile 3: Here one of the girls in the duo in front of me pulled ahead. I tried to speed up too, but instead just ended up running next to the other girl for this entire mile. I felt my effort level rising, but my speed was staying exactly the same, which was frustrating. I was starting to feel the heat and the exhaustion from the first 2 miles, but I tried as hard as I could to keep pushing. I ended up with a time very similar to mile 2, 8:21.
Last 0.1: I looked down at my watch when it hit 3 miles, and I was at 24:20. I thought maybe I could break 25 if I sprinted until the end, so I picked it up as much as I possibly could. I did end up with a 7:14 pace for this portion, so I was able to speed up, but it wasn’t quite good enough to pass the line under 25. I ended the race at 25:08, good for a PR.
|My splits for the race|
I was definitely happy with my time–it is a PR by 14 seconds (previous PR earlier in the year at 25:22), but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t break 25 minutes. I feel like I’m so close to being able to do it! I have a few more 5ks this summer, so hopefully I’ll be able to hit sub-25 at one of them. 🙂
|Post race photo|