Well, another festival that is probably going to get rained out...but unlike prior races (last week) I decided not to chicken out on the rain and take my chances that there would be no thunder during the race.
I sortof knew I wouldn't have a 5k PR, even though I really think it's about time that I cut a few minutes off of my overall time. But I figured with a little strategy building I could quite possibly eek out a PR on the race itself. Last year - 27:54. This year - 27:14. Success feels good.
Although I came in 40 seconds faster, my strategy didn't work so well. First my Garmin shouted "low battery" as soon as I turned it on. Thanks, oh thanks thanks thanks to Karate Girl (or Speedy Girl, depending on if she's getting a ticket or not!), she let me use her Garmin. I guess I just looked that pitiful. So, Garmin situation averted, but my overall strategy was to run to run a 10:00 mile, a 9:30, and then a 9:00. It wouldn't have given me any shot at any sort of record but I would have finished strong and got a good run in. But, instead it sortof went like this: 8:34, 8:54, 9:46. Hmmm...that sortof posed a problem with my strategy, but it got me a PR and I'm still able to talk about it, so I guess it's all good.
Now, if I can get all 3 of those miles to stay around 8:34 then I'll be in business.
The rain held off until the awards ceremony, where I was certain that I was getting 3rd place for my age, but got beat out by a mere few seconds. And I was pacing that girl until the end, I just didn't think she was in my age group! That's what I get for assuming. My 7 year old nephew wanted to know why I just didn't run faster than every one else...then I wouldn't have to worry about whether she was in my age group....ahhhh, if all of life was just that easy.....words of wisdom from a 7 year old.
Troy is still covered up with work so he didn't get to run this one. Maybe next time.
Well, I'm off for my post-Cracker Barrell nap. Have a great weekend!