This was the first 5k race I’ve done that wasn’t on Thanksgiving. I was hoping to go a little faster on “the world’s fastest 5k,” but I ended up with a five second personal best. The weather was sunny, but not too warm yet – it was a beautiful day. The race is actually divided into six different smaller races with different start times – Masters Men, Masters Women, Men & Women 29 and under, Men & Women 30-39, Elite Women, and finally Elite Men.
I was thankful my race didn’t start until 9:10 because I had a 45 minute drive to get there. After arriving, finding my bib, and checking out where the start line was, I enjoyed the usual sitting and people watching. I didn’t have to wait in line for a porter potty (which never happens at a race), so I had plenty of time.
A train made our start time 15 minutes later, but other than that I was off without a hitch. My goal, besides PR-ing, was to pay attention to my breathing and lung capacity. I told myself not to go out too fast, as I felt like I’d done in the last few races. At this point in my training, I knew my legs could go faster than my lungs. Staying calm in the beginning, I was able to pass a few females after the halfway point. My mile splits were 6:17, 6:13, 6:13 and I was content with that.
My legs felt great, like they could go further at that pace, but again my lungs couldn’t handle the cadence much longer. Afterwards, I could feel that my lungs had just had a productive workout. I counted that as a win. I tried waiting around for results (you know how that is), but I got impatient and headed home.
Time – 19:22
112th of 1910 overall
19th of 1006 in women
8th of 199 in division