….None for ages and then three come along at once.
This month has been a bit of a 5K frenzy for me. First I ran the ODU Big Blue 5K, which I had also run last year. It was another awesome day out. Last year I finished it in 28:17. This year I managed to knock off over two minutes, to finish in a time of 26:13. I finished 6th in my age group, 68th female overall and 294 overall, out of 2091. I was really pleased with my progress over the past twelve months, but a little grumpy that I still couldn’t get a finish time with a 25 at the start of it (even with a 59 at the end). I had been gradually improving my times but still couldn’t quite get there.
Next up I ran the Surf’s Up 5K along the oceanfront, this time as part of a team. The conditions were perfect on the day. I dispensed with my usual logic and tactics of trying to pace myself, and just decided to run as fast as I comfortably could for the whole race, to see what I could do. Well, I managed to finish in 25:35! I impressed myself, but also kind of annoyed myself because I had improved so much since the ODU race that I thought I had peaked and now had nowhere else to go. I got 3rd place in my age group, and my team won 2nd place overall for our combined performance!
Today I ran the Spring Fever 5K. Having only run the previous race four days ago and done so well, plus having an atrocious run yesterday in the ridiculous heat and humidity, I didn’t expect to do so well today. Yet again, however, the weather was pretty good, bright and sunny but a little breezy. I decided to just run like hell again without really pacing myself. Well, I got to the one mile mark and this happened:
and I decided that I didn’t care how well I ran the rest of the race, I was just so happy to finally run a sub-eight minute mile 🙂 In the past I have only occasionally managed an 8:06 (my previous best time) or slightly slower pace and that is only when I’m running one mile and then stopping. Well, my average pace for the whole race today was around 8:06. That’s right, not just one but three-and-a-bit miles at that pace! So you can work out that I did actually manage to break my own 5K record today – with a finish of 24:58!! I never thought I would ever actually see a 24 at the start of my time.
I came 3rd in my age group (third again!! Even having taken four minutes off my 5K time since my first trophy last year, I still can’t get 2nd place!).
I’m quite pleased that I have no more 5K races for a little while now. The heat and humidity is just starting to increase here so my times will be ever increasing from now until about September. Plus I have to concentrate more on my longer distances now, as I have a 10 miler, 10 K and Half Marathon to compete in very soon…..