Yesterday I ran the fourth and final race in the Athlete’s Closet Winter Series. Unlike the previous three 5K races, the Winter Series finale was a 5 mile course, making this my longest race ever! My goals going in were to be relaxed, have a positive experience, and hopefully finish in under 45 minutes. And guess what? Mission accomplished! I finished first in my age group with a 42:47!!! Woohoo!
My race day prep was a little different than usual for this 5 miler in that it involved Italian wedding soup and (a tiny bit of) champagne. Yup, I was at a wedding until about an hour before the race started! 🙂 That made for a very fun morning and it helped to keep me really relaxed since my mind was focused on family and friends rather than on the impending longer-than-usual race distance.
At 37° and sunny the weather was pretty awesome compared to this winter’s typical sub-freezing temps. I didn’t even need gloves! The 5 mile course was hilly but overall I felt great. I still have my Runkeeper app configured to only tell me my time, distance and pace when I hit 25 minutes, so I ran the first 3 miles not knowing how I was doing. Then when the app finally started reporting my stats I realized that I was comfortably running much faster than I expected and that made the last 2 miles seem even easier to complete.
Matt was waiting on the street to cheer me on at about the 4.75 mile mark (right where I turned left from Warren Rd onto David Ln) and then he was able to take the short route to the finish in time to snap a photo of me pounding towards the finish line. I was running so fast that my headphones fell out… might need to get some Yurbuds soon to remedy that!
Finishing a 5 mile race in under 43:00 was a fantastic surprise and I can’t wait to see how easy a 5K is going to feel in comparison!! Our next race will be the Pickle Run in Ridley Creek State Park on March 15th. You may remember that we were supposed to do the Pickle Run in February, but unfortunately it got postponed due to damage from the ice storm so I still haven’t gotten the chance to race in our local park! I am really, really looking forward to it!
Miles since last post: 140.8
Days since last post: 27
Avg. Daily Miles since 7/18/13: 4.91
2014 TOTAL MILES: 307.7
• Athlete’s Closet February 5K (2/1/14)
• Athlete’s Closet January 5K (1/4/14)
• New Year’s Eve 5K at the YMCA (12/31/13)
• Athlete’s Closet December 5K (12/14/13)
• Turkey Trot 5K (11/28/13)
• Let’s Go Streaking! (11/21/13)
• Trinity Presbyterian 5K (11/2/13)
• Oy Vey 5K (10/27/13)
• Fueled Up & Fired Up 5K (10/19/13)
• Run-A-Muck 5K (9/22/13)
• The Challenge Begins: 100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge (7/23/13)