I heart 5Ks. I don't often race in them (since they don't seem to fit well into a half or marathon training schedule), but really, I heart them.
This morning was the Autism 5K. My first non-virtual 5K in a year. In fact, the last time I ran one was the 2009 Autism 5K. Last year, when I ran, I remember gunning it and just praying that I had enough in me to make it to the finish. I did and I finished the 3.15 miles (yup, this course is long) in 25:19. I was so excited.
Fast forward to today. I really wanted to go sub 25. I had accomplished this on my treadmill (but that is pace controlled). I needed to do it on my own. So, I arrived nice and early and met up with G, SpeeDee (who paced G's oldest), and V.
Oh, and a special thanks to Teamarcia, who hooked me up with the sweet socks I am sporting.
After a quick warm-up jog, G, V and I headed to the start line. And after MANY announcements to stay tight through the start as to not trip on the curb, we were off. I had decided I was going to shoot for sub eight minute splits and try to stay consistent. I heard my watch beep at mile one at 7:40. WOW! I was shocked and I was still feeling really good. It was also at that point that my Garmin started beeping every two seconds. The lap counter was full and it was asking me to clear it. Not really possible while running. So I ran the next two miles "blind." I just tried to keep up with the people around me. At the two mile mark, I was amazed by how quickly the first miles had gone by. Apparently, the faster you run the shorter the course feels. Crazy concept, right?
I really started feeling drained with about seven-tenths of the course left. But I knew I was super close to the finish. And when I came around the final corner and could see that the race clock was still under 24 minutes, I kicked with all I had. When I crossed the line, my Garmin read 24:08 for 3.15 miles (7:39 pace). A 1:08 PR! (official results are not up yet) Can I tell you how pumped I am? And can I also mention how annoyed I am that the race was long? I was so under 24 for 3.1 miles. But it's all good. I'll show that course next year.
And because I know you love them, here are some post - race pictures ...
Good for you!!! That is fantastic.
that's awesome...hello abs of steel!
Woohoo!!! Way to go!!!!
Awesome job! Congrats on the PR!
I am honored to know I supplied you with lucky PR SOCKS!!! Congrats!
Way to PR. It's great to hear that all of the work is paying off.
Cute socks. I like the black ones too.
Fantastic race and you all look fabulous.
Way to go!! Super cute pics. You always look so stylish, I love it!
Awesome race!!! Me <-----jealous :)
congrats T thats so awesome!
Woohoo! Congrats on a new PR! That is awesome! :) Oh, and I love the pics...you girls all look so cute!
congratsw on the huge pr -- and you're looking fantabulous!
Can I just say WE ROCK! Love the post pics. Thanks for coming back for us, T and G. :)
Amazing PR! You rock for sure!
you are a racing fiend, I love how many runners you konw!
Good job! I love your outfit!
WOW That's a great PR!!
Congratulations! Sounds like a great run for an excellent cause :-D
Great outfit! Great PR too. Nice group of running girls, gotta get me some of those. Are you all in near pace ranges?
outfit: hot! new pr: hot! You're amazing!
Great race report. My 5k race is tomorrow and I am trying for a major PR.
Congratulations! What an amazing time! It looks like you were having a lot of fun too :)
GREAT JOB! Awesome way to enjoy a Memorial day weekend. Congrats on the new PR and great sock.
you are so freaking fast! good job!
Big congrats on the PR!
Great job, what a terrific race time!! Nothing feels better than a great PR like that!
Oh my speedy! Wow, great job!
Nice run! CONGRATS!!!
I read this on FB on Saturday but didn't get a chance to comment! CONGRATS ROCKSTAR! You are getting speedy and I love cheering you on!!!
Wow! Way to go on the PR! I love that you did it by feel!
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