Going into this race I had one goal: To run under 22 minutes. I hadn’t done that in a few years, and since I was taking a break from longer distances, wanted to work on my speed. After doing track workouts for the past month plus, I hoped I could. Spoiler alert: I did! 21:53.
It pleased me to reach my goal. But I have a couple post race notes.
One – When I previously thought of a 5K, I always thought of it as a 3 mile race. I never gave the last .1 miles much thought. But then I looked at my average pace of 7:03 per mile. In my mind I couldn’t figure out why it didn’t add up to a 21 minute TRT. But then it clicked…that last .1 miles is not a gimme. It added almost a minute to my overall time. Drats! I don’t forget that in my races now. 13.1, 26.2, 6.2, etc. I’m not taking that last decibel for granted!
Two – I had looked up the previous year’s results for this race and I would’ve easily won my age group. This year I finished 7th. I was 41st overall. That means in the top 40, 6 were from my age group. That’s a tough age group. That tells me two things.
One – You never know who is going to show up to any given race. So results are never to be assumed.
Two – My theory is that my age group is one of the most competitive. I think that in their 30’s people start to get into running to combat a slowing metabolism. They start hitting their stride a little later on. Keep in mind I don’t have any stats to prove this, it’s just what I’ve noticed. So notice that.
All for now. Love for all. I’m out!