I’ve been known to repeat races.
Last year, I did it with a running buddy of mine- it was his first 5k. He kicked my butt. Sadly, since he moved, he couldn’t do it with me this year.
At least he can’t beat me again. So there’s that.
This year, my only real goal was to beat my time last year of 25:24. I knew a PR would pretty much be impossible. There were ramps and stairs involved because the path goes up and down the inside of the stadium. Amy doesn’t do ramps or stairs very fast.
But wait! They changed the course!
No ramps? No stairs? The odds of Amy falling flat on her face are significantly reduced!
They still exist, obviously. But reduced, nonetheless.
The course had quite a few twists and turns. With smaller races, this isn’t so bad. And they were clearly marked. Thank goodness because I confuse so easily.
Different course? Clearly marked? Things were looking good. The weather was amazing as well. Just under 80 degrees. Considering it was 103 a week ago, luck was on my side.
The thing that didn’t help? My work day consisted of 9 hours of meetings and no lunch. Getting loose and finding some energy wasn’t easy.
In the end of the first mile, I hit my stride and found a female who, I knew wasn’t passable, but surely I could keep up with her.
And that’s what I did. Around the parking lots. Around the stadium. And finally, around the field.
23:20. A PR by 34 seconds.
This is my third PR in a row. So my pace is picking up. That’s great. Now if only my endurance would follow suit. Because I have the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half in my future. And I hear there are hills. Oh my.
The 5k definitely got bigger since last year. And there were more families in it together. Which is always cool to see. I like the more competitive races, but as someone who’s heavily involved in health and wellness, there is nothing more refreshing than seeing kids of all ages hanging out and truly excited to be there running.
Even though I was fatigued leaving my office last night, I really love 5k races in the middle of the week. As a girl who’s often slammed with weekend plans, they’re easy to sneak in. And it doubles as a weekday workout. A workout that may not have happened had I gone home after work. If we’re being honest.
Happy Wednesday, kids!