Hope everyone is having a HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!! Today, there was a local 5K in honor of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country!!!! No way was I going to miss this 5K!!! It was a pretty good turn out too! :)
Yes, I had hope to PR.... or at east see a 24 on the time clock as I crossed...... NO! That did not happen today! But, oddly enough, I actually feel good about the race in general. Unofficially, my time was around 25:15 today..... I took Female Master's category! This is because the runner before me (who is wicked fast and finished in like 22 something) took first female.... and, there were a few other female runners who are faster than me that were out of town this weekend... so, there you go, that is how I took the Master's category today :) LOL! And, for the newbies or non-runners following this blog.... the Master category if for those over the age of 40!!! Not that I am a Master at running itself!! HA! HA! HA! :D
I decided that with the heat and humidity, I would try running with music which is something that I do not normally do....... even selected out a new playlist as seen above..... honestly, I don't think that having music made much of a difference.... undecided to continue to run with music. In fact, the only song that I even remember playing was "Fancy." If I continue, I really need some wireless type ear buds!!! I am open to suggestions on brands!!!
RACE BREAKDOWN: 5K at an unofficial 25:15
By my Garmin- unofficial time was 25:15 (I turned my watch off at the end of shoot-I think-so this is pretty close to official time)
**MILE WARM UP- 11:00 pace... then onto the race
Mile 1- 7:54 ( I really felt good. My legs felt good and my breathing was pretty good. Bottom line, I met my goal and followed the instruction of the coach that designs my plans to stay controlled..... BIG, I mean HUGE progress!!! I usually fly out of the starting line and go incredibly too fast at the start)
Mile 2- 8:23 ( I still felt good, but hot! I walked at the water station and took 2 cups-- one to pour on my head and neck and the other to sip)
Mile 3- 8:35 ( I did keep the slower pace from mile 2 until 2.5 mile mark and then tried to speed up. However, I think that there just wasn't enough speed left in me to make this mile a negative split...Coming in the last quarter mile was tough and tried hard to push, but honestly, I just couldn't)
Cool down was SUPPOSED to be a 1 mile easy pace..... didn't happen... why? Well, I socialized too much after the race and totally forgot!!!! I remembered when I was driving home..... oops!
Here is my friend Arlene, then me, and then my friend Lisa...... it is tradition that we always take a pre-race photo......
When Arlene says she puts blood, sweat, and tears into running, SHE MEANS IT!!!!!!! OUCH!!!!! But, she is truly a bada$$!!! She got right back up and kept on!!!!!! Below is a close up!!!!! Seriously, that is a running battle wound for sure!!!!
Below are two of my friends and co-workers..... These ladies ROCKED this 5K!!!! Did I mention that the humidity was 91% at the start of the race?!?!?!!!!!!!!! It was a HOT one today!
Below, are dear friends of mine..... this family treats me as one of their own!!! Always encouraging and supportive!!! They truly are the nicest people I know!!!! And, that is not exaggerating!!!! Lina, on the left when looking at the picture even drove all the way to Albany, GA in March to see me cross the finish line of my first ever marathon!!! How awesome is that?!?! The 2 fellas in this picture did not let the humidity slow them down..... not sure how they did it..... the heat turns me into a wimp!! LOL!
Gotta run....... UNTIL LATER!!!!
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT HOLIDAY!!!