So today I did the Super 5K race in Lowell, Massachusetts. The race that was "Born on the day the Patriot's won the Super Bowl." My sister is training for her first half marathon, and her training schedule calls for some races so I told her I would run this race with her.
I haven't ran a 5K in almost a year. I obviously like longer distances as I have time to warm up and get into my pace. So Kelli and I were chit chatting and I see a guy raise a gun and I was like "Ummm, I think we are starting." So we start and there are a lot of people in front of me that appeared to start where they didn't belong. I spent about a minute weaving around people which is crazy as this race only had like 250 people in it. So after weaving and the crowd thinned out, I looked at my Garmin and my pace was at about 7:05. My goal pace was 7:30, so this was obviously faster than I had planned, but I knew I would go out fast and settle in eventually. So mile 1 I finished in 7:25. Perfect. The first mile had a small hill that I passed quite a few people, and I felt great. Mile 2 was just the same. My pace was right around 7:30 and I was impressed with myself, although, my previous 5K proved a big slow down in the final mile, so I was banking on that. And that I did. It was during mile 3 that my asthma starting acting up. Note to self, don't forget inhaler for 5K's. I rarely use my inhaler during training, and don't carry it around during short runs. But my asthma is irritated by cold weather and I had a cold to top it off. So I slowed it down to an 8 minute pace for mile 3, and my lungs were burning. In the final .2 I sped up to a 6:30 pace, even though I felt like I was crawling. I finished in 23:41 (7:39 pace). My last 5K was in 25:21, so I set a big PR. And I got hardware! I signed up for the Filly division. (140+ pound women division.) Now I must point out, 140 pounds is at the bottom of my weight range for my height. If I weigh 140, I would be SKINNY, but apparently that is big for runners. But I digress, I got 1st in that division. If I had not signed up for that division I would have placed 3rd in my age group, so I still would have gotten a medal. Yay for progress! So overall, a good day for running. I still don't like 5K's though, I will take a marathon any day over this.