09-15-2014

Weekend 5K Race Recap

Is it Monday already? I had an awesome weekend and wish it didn’t end so soon. Mainly also because I didn’t get a chance to sleep in/catch up on sleep ;)

Friday night my mom and I went to see Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden.

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He was so good!! I’ve been wanting to see him for a while and I’m glad I finally did. We had to leave a bit early because we had the 5K in the morning, so that sucked but it was such a fun time. Even with leaving at 10:45, we didn’t get home until 1:30AM. Yay for 5 hours of sleep before running a race…

So Coach Marc wanted me to negative split the race and really focus on making the last mile the fastest. This is always the hardest part for me in 5Ks. I always end up going out to fast and fade hard towards the end.

My goal was to make my first mile 9:45 and go from there. We got there early to pick up our packets and have time to warm up. My mom’s friend was running too and it was her first race ever – so I was excited for her. It’s always great getting others involved with running!

Anyway, we did our warm up and lined up. My mom likes to run an even pace as opposed to going from easy(ish) pace to faster pace towards the end. She went off right from the start, whereas I stayed back.

My first mile was in 9:20. I felt good and was thinking oh wow, this will be good if I can maintain this! My second mile was 9:25. I slowed down a bit to try to gather my energy for the last mile. I still felt good though and not like I needed to slow down or walk, which is a big change from my first few races this year.

Once I hit the 2 mile marker I sped up. I started passing people which felt really good and also made me feel stronger. I would “pick people off” as we used to be told in high school cross country. I saw my Garmin “lap pace” slowly decreasing and just kept giving it all I had. I ended up running my last mile in 8:49, with my final .1 in 8:00!

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I crossed the finish line feeling strong and proud of myself. A few weeks ago I ran a 5K in 30:44…this is a big difference! Granted, the course was flat and the temperature was perfect, but still!

I had a feeling this would be a good race because I had a tempo run on Wednesday that went really well. I am finally starting to feel more in shape than I have been recently. And I finally was able to follow Marc’s race strategy! :)

My mom and I both ended up winning 3rd in our age group. It was a great morning overall and now I can’t wait for the next race. I’m planning on a 5K and 10K in October. Now just need to stick to Marc’s training plan and keep getting into better shape!

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Did any of you run a race over the weekend?

What is your usual 5K strategy?

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