Today I ran my first 5K race since freshman year of college!
I started off my day at a whopping 6:00 am. The race was in the next town over…but luckily only about a 20 minute drive. Check-in was at 7:00 am. Left myself plenty of time to wake-up – and chow down a breakfast bar and drink a bottle of water on the way.
So imagine my surprise when I get there and they don’t have my registration! I suppose it got lost in the mail (I never thought to check up on it!) – so…no biggie…just had to fill out the paperwork again. Then I got my number (112), and then waited around an hour for the start of the race. I did a 1/2 mile walk…then some active stretches…and then toed the line!
Since this race was a fundraiser for the local Junior High School, there were tons of kids participating! Luckily, the announcer gave us “sections” – 22 minutes & under lined up first…then 28 & under lined up second…then the rest of the participants!
The race was pretty fast – mostly a flat course. It was a 1.5 mile stretch along the Tchefuncte River on an old 2-lane road…then the 1.5 mile stretch back.
My fastest “practice” run was 27:42, so I was secretly hoping to beat that! I practiced a few 9-minute 2-milers…so I was hoping to keep that pace throughout the race. I actually ran the first 1/2 mile at an 8:32 pace…a bit fast…but ended up crossing Mile 1 at 8:40. Since I was feeling decent, I tried to keep roughly that same pace. Miles 2 & 3 were both at 9:03! So…total time of 27:17 – good enough for 10th overall female.
And the coolest part, they had a really nice set-up for the runners after the race, including a water station & snacks table. Snacks included: Bananas, Muffins, Nature’s Valley Bars, and Oranges! Very cool indeed!
Overall – very happy that I decided to race today!
Next Race: 5K – Covington Junior League Spring Stomp (04.16.2011)