So the race... I started my intermediate 5k training about 2 weeks ago (a 5 week program). I was already running a bit before so I thought this was a good place to start. I know I didn't have 5 weeks until my first race but I thought I didn't have to run the whole thing...I would just test the waters. It was so much fun!
I felt like a turtle. Slow and steady. Several people passed me in the first mile running pretty fast. I tried to put my blinders on and keep my steady, slow pace. Although I don't conciously try to keep up with other people, I find myself trying to go faster anyway. Anyway after the first mile, I was able to pass those people who were doing a fast run then slow walk pace. They tried to speed up when I came up behind them but eventually fell back.
I ran 1.75 miles before slowing to a fast walk. That's my personal best. I don't really care about beating anybody else but those people I passed were the only gauges I had during the run. It wasn't a crowded race so I wasn't around a lot of people. There were a bunch in front, a few in the middle (me), and several in the back. That's how I hike too. Coincidence?
I set my watch and allowed myself to lolly-gag for 2 minutes before finishing the race. I did that twice. I came in alone which was nice because it felt like I had my own cheering section at the finish line.
I got 2nd place in my age category. I was super pleased. I was also faster than 2nd & 3rd place in the decade below me. That was a nice confidence builder. I hope to run without stopping on my next race.
|2nd place in my age division. Did I wear my medal all day? You betchya!|
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