About a week ago I got the idea to run another 5K. This time it was in my hometown area, so that was nice. Well today was that run, and I finished…in record time!
What was really nice about this race was we actually ran through my neighborhood, so I was familiar with the course even though that wasn’t the same one I normally run.
So the very first part of the course went uphill…I ran way to fast up the hill and at the first quarter mile I was already feeling out of the breath. I kept pushing myself and wasn’t going to let myself walk until I reached the first mile. Well that mile came and Nike+ told me that I ran at a 9:31 pace. I was shocked. I never run that fast when I’m pacing. I took a mini walk break and continued running.
I made it to the water station which was about the halfway mark. I grabbed some water and walked to drink it. I’ve never been able to run and drink at the same time. I finished my water and kept going. To my surprise, my dad was standing on one of the corners along the race, so I had a fan cheering me on.
I competed the second mile and was now running at a 10:09 pace. That was still faster than I was training at. I took another mini walking break not long after the second mile, and I continued the course. All of the sudden I was coming up on the hill that we started on. I was thinking to myself that there was no way I was almost done because I hadn’t been running long enough, but sure enough, I was at the top of the hill. I ran super fast down the hill and crossed the finish line at 31:07, my fastest 5K yet! It felt amazing. I couldn’t believe that I ran that fast. That shaved about 4 minutes off my last one. I couldn’t be happier!