This past weekend, I participated in the Snap Fitness Walk, Run, and Roll 5k. This race was managed and directed by my cousin, so that’s pretty much why I did it. However, it ended up being a really fun race, and I loved the prizes I got! Here’s a little recap of the race.
The morning started with a thick fog, incredible humidity, but mild temps (around mid 70s). I arrived at the race site about 45 minutes before the race. It was weird for me to plan how early to get there, because usually I have a lot to do before a triathlon! A 5k is pretty low key though…I registered in about 30 seconds, did an easy 2 mile warm up, pinned my bib on, then sat down and waited for the start.
When the timing guy called us to the start line, I was pretty sure I’d be the only one “racing” the 5k, so I was surprised when a girl I knew from college walked up and stood beside me. Not only did I know her, but I remembered she used to run on our cross country team in college. “Oh man!” I thought…. “Am I actually going to have to RACE this thing??” I couldn’t remember how fast she was in college, but I hoped if I went out really fast in the beginning, that I would scare her and she wouldn’t match me.
The gun went off, and so did I! I sprinted out of the parking lot, and then settled in to a 5:30 mile. After about 3/4 a mile, I couldn’t hear any foot steps behind me, so I slowed down to a 6 minute mile. The course was straight out and straight back, but had two rolling hills going each way. The ones on the way out, I pushed up and maintained close to a 6 minute pace. When I got to the turn around though, I saw that the closest person to me was a guy, and he was at least 45 seconds to a minute behind me. I figured my lead was secure, so I slowed up the pace even more. I decided to just take it easy the rest of the way and coast into the finish line. I was glad I was taking it easier too, because the hills on the way back were a little challenging!
I made the turn toward the finish line and saw that my time was 20:04. Not the greatest time, and I know it’s not the best I could do. However, I got first place overall, and I didn’t wear myself out too much! I didn’t want to go hard because of my race coming up next weekend!
Overall, I was very happy with how I raced, and definitely with how I placed! I got some awesome prizes too! My favorite is a bowl that was made by my sister (get a grip pottery). And the other was a gift card to a running store! I promptly spent it on socks! Yay!
My next race will be 70.3 Ironman World Championships!!
Do you have any races coming up?