This past Sunday I had what I will consider my first real “race” of the season. It was a five mile race on a relatively flat loop course. The morning of the race I felt okay, but was nervous and a bit anxious. It was cold and dreary out and there was high chance of rain all day. I hate running in the rain. Wet feet gross me out!
My friend Sarah came to my house and we drove up to the race with about an hour to get our race numbers and hangout. The rain stopped and the gun went off! I put myself in the middle of the pack and regretted it once we got started. My first mile was done in 9:19- FAST for me! I was nervous that I put myself in a bad position and was going to burn out. I kept chugging along and found a guy that had a comfortable pace that I stuck behind. I stayed with him until about mile 4 where I introduced myself. I felt like he had to have noticed me stalking him the past 3 miles. We chatted a bit and I told him how he was really keeping me going. When I looked at my watch after finishing the 4th mile and saw 38:07 I was in shock. I had a goal of completing this race in 50ish minutes, giving myself about 10 minutes a mile. I was blowing that goal out of the water! I was getting tired though. 4 miles at a pace of about 9:30 is pretty quick for me. I kept my head up and finished the race with a time of 47:56.
I finished the race with these splits:
Mile 1: 9:19
Mile 2: 9:33
Mile 3: 9:32
Mile 4: 9:43
Mile 5: 9:34
I am so proud out myself for finishing this race strongly. This race was at a perfect point in my half marathon training. I feel confident about myself and am excited for the race. I only have two more long runs planned before race day. I can’t wait!
Side note: My friend Sarah finished the race in 37 minutes and came in first in her age group! SO proud of her! I am so lucky to have such amazing runners in my life.