Here I am with my parents before the race.
This was my very first event last year fresh off the Couch to 5K training plan when my mile pace was right around 12 minutes. My goal last year had been merely to run the entire way without stopping to walk. I reached that goal and finished in 36:27!! I went into the race this year with a plan to beat my time from last year. My unspoken goal was to finish in under 30 minutes.
I'm so proud to say that I DID IT!
Official race time: 29:34!!!
Yes, that is my fastest 5K to date!
I have to say that I felt awesome before, during and after this race. I love this course because it's paved and basically flat. It's held on the Centennial Trail which was made for biking, running, and walking activities, and is not subject to car exhaust, potholes, and the like. Since it's an out and back course, it is awesome to see the winners making their way back. Another plus is the amount of numb skulls who stop and walk without taking notice of who is behind them is minimal. All in all, I would say that this might be my favorite race, and definitely my favorite race distance.
My Garmin was very helpful on this one, and of all the running gear I think I can't live without, Forrest is number one on the list. I didn't want to make the mistake of starting too fast so I made sure to keep track of my pace in the beginning. I absolutely love having the distance, pace and time easily accessible on my wrist. I can see it becoming an obsession for some, but I use it as a tool not an obstacle.
Anyway, I keep watching the race site for race photos and they haven't been posted yet. I hope to update this post later with an official photo. The one below was taken by my husband. I notice my form does not look all that great. Oh well.
|Heel strike, anyone?|
What about you? Do you get nervous before events? How do you deal with it?