This was my first 5k by myself, so I wasn't sure exactly how hard to go out or conserve. I figured that it was only 3.1 miles, so it would be retarded to "save" something. But, before I go into details about the race, I have to give mad props to by buddy, Jonathan DeWeber! This guy has been fully transformed in the last few months. He has last 60 pounds! Not only that, but he's picked up running and is a lean, mean, running machine! Good grief! The crazy thing is that you wouldn't see it unless you trained with him, but he has this fierce competitiveness inside that he has a hard time holding back. He actually trained for this race and put the effort in, and it paid off for sure. We did several runs together, and here's how the race played out for us.
Our goal was to run sub-23 minutes for the 5k, so we decided to go out quick and then see how we felt. We lined up somewhere closer to the front, because we figured we would be some of the faster runners. The race started, and we easily got caught in the fray of people going out way too fast.
We were running somewhere in the 6:20's for at least the first half mile or so. I could see Jon's competitive spirit really working on him as he would surge every time someone would pass us. I kept giving updates on our pace until we settled into where we wanted to be, in the 7:20 range. The course was a pretty flat course that was two loops around campus.
|Lovely heel-striking, eh?|
The course ended up being 3.23 miles, so my time was 23:32 averaging 7:17's. That means that for an ACTUAL 5k, my time would have been 22:34! That made me pretty happy! Seriously, I would like to go sub-20 at some point this year. That will require some actual speed training, but I think it is possible.
After sticking around to see another friend, Joshua Bennett, finish strong, Jenn and I went home.
|Joshua finishing strong! What a stud.|
Here's how that worked. Normally, the 25-29 age group is full of speed demons, but not at a university where you're getting your masters and the majority are undergrads! Hah! It pays to pick your races carefully. So, we both scored medals and had a blast doing it.
A special thanks to Jennifer for braving the cold just to be such an awesome support and photographer. You're the best, Babe!