My first race of the season was the Celtic Canter 5k. There is nothing like a race to get you fired up about your goals!!! I have some racing goals that I think are very much within my reach….Saturday was just not the day.
I am really not too disappointed, but I do have some things that I want to work on. This was my 3rd 5k. I missed my PR by 9 seconds, but was also was 20 seconds faster than when I did this race last year.
I am not really much of a 5k racer…I am more of a half and full marathon kinda gal :), but this race was fun and has me looking for another 5k.
Some fun facts about the race:
I was 1st overall female which was awesome! They gave out a great trophy, flowers and a gift card to the male and female winners!!!
There was a 71 year old woman who braved the weather and ran the race…AWESOME!!!
It was 38 degrees to start and just totally raining! It continued to rain for the entire race. It was a hilly race…lots of up and downs. While yes, these two factors play into a race time (and kind of stink), I try not to focus on them too much for a few reasons.
One, weather is just something you can’t control and have to be ready for (I really just pray that never happens to me in a marathon).
Two, everyone else was running in the same rain and up and down the same hills. Three, I live in a hilly area and therefore I will be racing hilly races…just get used to it.
I wore a garbage bag to the start line (which I took off too soon). My kids thought this was quite hysterical and asked me if I was racing in a garbage bag :).
A 5k seems like such a short re-cap…it goes by in a blur!
Here are what my slits looked like:
Mile 1: 6:22
Mile 2: 7:00
Mile 3: 6:38
.15: I don’t know because I forgot to stop my watch, but you can figure it out if you want :). I always forget to stop my watch!!!!!
I am a pretty firm believer that we can learn from all races..the good, the bad, and the so-so. I definitely came away from this race with a few things I want to work on. One thing I want to work on is pacing (I kind of feel like I am always working on this). Another is endurance at that pace. Another is focus.
My first mile was really not too far off my goal pace…my second one was way off. The ups and downs were hard on my legs in the cold and rain and I think I just lost my race focus a little and settled into that 7 minute pace. I really don’t think the second mile was any hillier or harder than the first or third. For me at least, I need to focus on the 2nd mile in a 5k. The first mile is fast because it is the start and the last mile has the finish so that you are trying to go fast, but that second mile.
So, my first race is done and I am looking for 1 or two more 5k’s to throw into my race schedule. I found another one in my town at the end of April that I will probably do.
I had done a 2 mile warm-up (on the treadmill before the race), and 6 miles (again on the treadmill…I just couldn’t head out into the rain again) when I got home for 11 miles for Saturday.
CONGRATS to Molly Huddle on her NYC 1/2 Marathon win!!!!! Amazing!!!!!
Who else raced this weekend?
How did it go?!
Do you have any big race goals that you are excited about pursuing?