|Pre-race. All smiles. :-)|
Wow! What a completely different race experience than my previous 5k.
The before and after race were fun, but the actual race itself was TOUGH!
Dirt trails, rather than paved, will always result in a slightly slower pace. It's physics. ;-)
And most of this race was on a well groomed dirt path. Not really a trail per se, but enough to slow me down slightly.
But I can't really blame the terrain. No, my body just wasn't feeling this one. Everything felt TIRED - my legs, my feet, my mind. There were many times throughout the race that I just wanted to stop.
But my C Goal - no walking - kept me going. If I hadn't made that one of my goals for this race, I know I would have stopped to walk. Probably more than once.
Around mile 2, I got a pretty nasty side stitch that simply wouldn't go away. Still, I pressed on. I kept trying to push myself to go faster, but it just wasn't in the cards.
Around 2.75 miles, the course had to cut back over to the paved trail through the park. This part of the course wasn't nearly as well groomed. Larger rocks in the gravel. Traversing across some grass.
And a twisted ankle. :-(
Nothing too serious, though. When I hit back on the paved section to head to the finish, I was finally able to give it
Official time: 28:04
Splits: 8:39, 9:07, 9:38, 0:40
Nowhere near a PR for me, but I'm still happy with my time. I did make my B Goal (sub-30), after all.
After the race, we stuck around for the awards - something we normally never do - but we're so glad we did this time! You see, my friend, George, won first in his division and walked away with this neat award/vase.
And everyone who ran got this really cool medal.
And this really cool medal also got us a free Mimosa (or champagne) at Rachel's Kitchen, so naturally, we had to go out for breakfast after the race.
I wasn't very hungry, and I mistakenly thought that pancakes would be a bit lighter. I was wrong. They were delicious, but SO FILLING! :-)
It was a pretty good start to the weekend, even if the actual race wasn't my favorite.
Did you race this weekend?
Ever have an off-race, where nothing was clicking?