4 hours sleep+getting lost on way to race+severe smoke allergies (due to Texas wildfires)+freak cold front=PR!
I honestly can’t believe I got out of bed on Saturday morning. I got 4 hours of sleep. I am worthless without sleep. For this reason, I usually have a “no going out on Fridays if there is a race or important long run on Saturday).
To compound the fact that I was tired, the wildfires in Texas were still burning strong, which meant I couldn’t breathe. It was bad Friday night, which in turn, left me unable to breathe on Saturday morning. I drove to Georgetown and it’s a good thing I was early, because Googlemaps sucks. It told me to go right where I needed to go left. I eventually made it to the park, but I was very close to just giving up and running at San Gabriel Park by Dan’s office.
The weather was WONDERFUL. It was 50 degrees and felt like heaven. I registered and warmed up. I kept telling myself that I was too tired to do very well, just take it easy. Besides, it was a fun run and gun-timed only. With there being several hundred people in a gun-timed race, there would be no stellar performance.
I started mid-pack. That was my first mistake. I also assumed slower runners and walkers would start further back. WRONG. The course was VERY narrow, so the first half mile I was confined pretty tightly. At 3/4 mile, I saw a high school boy get sick. Can’t say i’ve ever seen that at the beginning of a race! After the first mile, I was able to hit a groove and a pretty good pace.
By Mile 2.5, I’d moved up quite a bit. There were 3 girls in front of me. Mile 3, 1 girl in front of me. She finished .01 second in front of me. She took first, I took second. Technically since I started further behind her, I beat her. . But because it was gun-timed, I settled for 2nd and a new PR. I really liked my Garmin time, which was 20 seconds faster than gun time. I was content with my finish and walked around with the 1 person I knew to meet new people and congratulated the young girl who beat me.
Either way, a new 5K PR. I learned many lessons and had some reminders about that distance. It had been so long since i’d run a 5K, that i’d forgotten how to pace, strategy, etc. Plus I felt like I still had gas in the tank when I finished, which almost never happens.
I’m running another 5K in May, but by then, the weather will probably be pretty warm, so a PR will be hard to come by. But having a surprisingly good performance at a race is the PERFECT way to start your Saturday!
I’m a goober, I never really wear anything special for races, but since it was near Easter, I wore those new Easter socks, a pink flower-y ponytail I got in the kid’s Target dollar bin, and pink shorts. I had to show off my socks (and my new fence). I suppose I thought by lifting my leg, you could see the socks from 10 feet away, lol!
Maybe my socks were what brought me luck?
And maybe I like those new Brooks Trance 10 shoes afterall 😉