Running by my parents towards the beginning of the race....Todd is in the gray shirt & white shorts and I'm on the right side in a white hat. Also, we ended up passing those kids during the next quarter mile...the girl was wearing Keds!
"Sprinting" to the finish
Trying to pass a few people at the end...and I ended up beating Todd
Race was a bit long and my official time was 26:00
Post-race baby bump
Todd & I
And one more with my Running for 2 tank top
I also ended up placing 3rd in my (new) age group of 30-39 and got a $10 gift certficiate to Fleet Feet
Mile 1: 8:11
Mile 2: 8:03
Mile 3: 8:11
Overall Time for 5K: 26:00* (Garmin read 3.2 miles instead of 3.1 miles)
Average Pace: 8:07 pace
Female 30-39: 3/25
My goal going into the race was to break 27:00, which is around 8:45 pace. I knew this was definitely doable with how I'd been running recently. I also had a secret goal of wanting to place in my age group although I wouldn't really know if I had done this until after the race. I do want to note that I wasn't running all out during this race. I can honestly say this was the first race I've ever run where I wasn't nervous at the start line and wasn't breathless/tired during the race. My plan was to run with Todd at a comfortable pace where I could still carry on a conversation and I wouldn't look at my pace until the mile split popped up. I would say I was successful in my race plan because I talked to Todd most of the race and even slowed down at a couple points because I felt like we were going too fast. I was surprised when the mile splits would beep on my watch and I felt like we were running fairly easy even at a quick pace. Being the competitive person that I am, it was a bit frustrating to see people ahead of me that I knew I could run faster than especially when they were breathing heavily and I wasn't. With just about a tenth or two tenths of a mile left, a girl came up from behind and started to sprint to the finish. Well, I just looked at Todd and told him I was going to pick it up a bit and wasn't going to let this girl beat me. She didn't have much left in the tank so I easily stayed ahead of her and ended up passing another 4 or 5 people. Unfortunately, I ended up beating Todd too. I actually feel bad about this since he ran with me the entire race and then I took off at the very end. He said he wasn't surprised....he knows me well!
My official time for the 5K was 26:00, which is 8:24 pace, but both of our Garmin watches read 3.2 miles instead of 3.1 miles. I tend to trust my Garmin more than the course because I'm not sure how they measure the course so I really ran 3.2 in 26:00 which is 8:07 pace. My Garmin is usually spot on for major races (i.e. marathons) where the course is certified.
Overall, I'm so happy with how I did and would love to run another 5K later in the summer depending on how I'm feeling.