Yesterday I ran the PB&J 5k. It's a great cause that provides backpacks full of food to struggling families, so I was happy to join in! Let's be honest. I'm always happy to join in a race!
I went in with hopes of beating last weekend's race. I was proud of how I had done the weekend before, getting a new fastest race mile (9:57) and a new fastest 5k record (31:26). Keep in mind, those aren't my fastest ever. They are the fastest since I restarted running in April. This weekend's race would be on the exact same course, so it was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself to do better.
The night before, I made a dumb decision! I allow myself a cheat meal every week, but I probably shouldn't have gone so big the night before a race! We had chips and queso, hot wings and fries, and then I had ice cream for dessert. I felt like I was going to explode! When I woke up race morning, I still felt bloated and heavy, and I was still burping wings. Yuck, I know. I didn't think that meant good things for the race, but I was going to push myself to try anyway.
It was definitely hot and humid at the start, but I've come to expect that!
I recently bought AdvoCare's Spark, and I drank some about an hour before the race started. I really like it and plan to try more of their products. I was hoping the Spark would give me an extra boost of energy.
Before the race started, I found a couple of friends. The teacher I'm mentoring was there to run, and another friend was spending her birthday morning walking her very first 5k! I was so proud of her! We chatted for a bit, and then it was time to get going.
I started off going a decent pace, and I did have to jump around a few people. I was going strong miles one and two, and I had sub 10 minute miles for both of them!!!! I knew I could end up with a great time if I just held on.
In the third mile, I had to stop to walk. A man with his wife and stroller came up beside me and said, "No! You're doing so good! Keep going!", so I joined them and ran with them for as long as I could. It was so nice of them to motivate me and let me join them. After about a half mile with them, I walked for another couple steps, but I picked it up again and finished strong.
I am very, very happy with how I did!!!!
GUYSSSSS! I took a minute off last week's time, and SUB 30 IS SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT!
I also beat last week's fastest mile time.
I am so, so excited to see the old me coming back with every race. I can't believe how close I am to sub 30 again, when only a few months ago I was finishing in 37:00.
Here are the splits. The course measured a little long, but check out my average pace!!
I met my goal of sub 10 minute overall pace!!!!! That was my first goal, and now my next one is sub 30 overall time. True, they are definitely positive splits (oops), but I'm focusing on the good things right now!
Here's my friend and I after she completed her first 5k! YAY for her!!!
The three of us work together at the same school!
While I may be her mentor teacher, she's my running mentor! She finished in 28 and some seconds. Someday soon I'll be able to stick with her! :)
Next weekend I have a 10k race to run! Eeek! I really haven't trained for distance much lately, but I know I'll make it. I just have to adjust my expectations and know I won't be able to match my 5k speed. Slow and steady will win that one!
Did you race this weekend?
Do you have friends to run with? I wish I did.