Spoiler Alert: I set a new PR yesterday morning!!! Sorry to ruin the surprise but I really needed to get that out of my system.
On Saturday morning, I ran the inaugural Shape Up for Summer 5K, a local race that is directed by a fellow TBLB and friend Beth (she likes to go by B.o.B.). I always think it is great when people can take their passion to the next level and share it with the community.
On Friday night, I stopped by the Fit2Run store at International Plaza to pick up my race packet. I am a big fan of being able to pick up the goody bags/shirts/race bibs early. The race goody bag was a pretty good one. There was the standard bunch of fliers as well as two protein bars, some chewing gum and an Artic Ease ice pack.
My alarm went off at 6 AM but I wasn’t having any of that. I didn’t actually get out of bed until 6:30. I quickly changed into my running clothes and grabbed a granola bar for breakfast. Just after 7 AM, I was out of my place and on my way to the race. The race wasn’t scheduled to start until 8 AM but I wanted to arrive early enough to have plenty of time to park and pick up my chip. (I love chip timed races!)
When I talked to my boyfriend on Friday night, he asked me what my goals were for this race. I told him that I just wanted to run and have fun. My last 5K race did not go very well at all and I was really disappointed with myself. I really wanted this race to be fun and a sort-of kick off to my fall training schedule.
While I was waiting for the race to start, it started to rain. I don’t like running in the rain mostly because I am a klutz and am really afraid that I will fall and hurt myself. Thankfully, the rain stopped before the start of the race. Unfortunately, the rain brought in a thick cloud of humidity to run through.
A few minutes after 8 AM, the race started. Even though Al Lopez Park not very far from my place, I have never actually run there so I wasn’t sure what the course was going to be like at all. I can say that I absolutely LOVED the course. It was was beautifully shaded and FLAT. When I looked at my Garmin stats, I was actually shocked to see that the course was so very flat.
Mile 1 – 10:26 min/mile When I started running, I wasn’t planning to PR. I just wanted to run the entire race without stopping. That may seem like a silly goal but it is something that I have been struggling with. Throughout the first mile, I felt awesome! I knew I was pushing myself but it wasn’t really a pace that was above my abilities. I truly felt like I could keep it up.
Mile 2 – 11:01 min/mile The second mile of the race took a little bit more effort. I definitely slowed up but I think I was just trying to find my groove. At the halfway mark of the race, I came up to the water stop and saw Steph! She totally didn’t recognize me but that is because I didn’t really tell anyone I was running this race except for Beth. I did stop and walk through the water stop but that was the only time during the entire race!
Mile 3 – 10:58 min/mile The third mile followed most of the first mile but then took a different route as we neared the finished line. After I stopped to walk at the water stop, it was difficult for me to pick up the pace again. I didn’t give up on running though. I knew by this point that if my pace held up I would be very close to a PR but I tried not to think about it … too much anyway. I also knew that accomplishing my goal of a 30:00 was not going to happen and I was completely ok with that. I just wanted to finish the race strong!
Mile 3.1 – 9.03 min/mile When I saw the Mile 3 marker, I decided to kick it into high gear and give everything I had left. My boyfriend told me to really give it me all when I was coming to finish line and see what would happen. I honestly don’t think I would have PR’d if I didn’t push myself for the last .1 miles or so. When I crossed the finish line and checked my Garmin, I was ecstatic because I knew that I had pushed myself and set a new PR for the 5K distance!
My official finish time is 33:10!! An 11 second PR!!
After the race, I grabbed a bottle of water and some post race food. I wasn’t nearly as hungry as I normally am after exercising or racing but I knew that I needed to eat something to replenish the calories I burned. I was especially excited about the popsicle but it was warm and humid out!
I also ran into Jessica and Kat. It was nice seeing some fellow bloggers and friends at an event outside of our monthly meet-ups. We talked for a little bit while watching the award ceremony. I know that I am not the fastest runner but I would love to place in my age group at least once in my life.
Me, Kat’s friend, Kat and Jessica
What did you do this weekend?