I'm talking about 5ks. My first recorded 5k was over five years ago at Unity College and my finishing time was 31:08. And last Thursday I ran my last (yeah right) 5k at the Gasping Gobbler with an official finishing time of 21:24. That's right. In 5.5 years, I've taken nearly 10 minutes off my 5k time. It's hard to believe where I started and where I am now. To be honest, I've made so much progress in the five years, it's hard for me to see that there is any more progress to make. Can I really ask for more?
Last week I finally made the decision that I was going to run the Gasping Gobbler on Thanksgiving morning. This was the first Thanksgiving in a very long time that I wasn't hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at my house which meant I could actually run a race in the morning before heading off to my in-laws house for the day's festivities. But I kept wavering between running the 5k with my family and having a family run or if I was going to race it. When we realized that there wasn't a family discount and that it would cost $66 for three of us to run it, we decided that it was going to be a race day for me. But of course, I had my own cheering section coming to the race to support me - only the best cheering section ever - Ward, Tucker & Izzy.
Thursday morning started off quite chilly. So chilly, I wore my LL Bean down jacket and ski pants to the race. I was tempted to run in them. But knew that it wasn't the best racing attire. Cozy yes. Not only was it chilly, it was foggy.
|What to wear to races in Maine - LL Bean down jacket, |
snow pants & Mizuno Universe
About 20 minutes prior to the start, I did a mile warm up. Peed one last time and then found my co-worker. We walked down to the starting line. She has done this race a few times before, so she was explaining the course to me. There was a small hill, down hill, and a lot of flat sections. Sounded great to me! We talked about our goal times and we were both hoping for low 22's. I decided that if I stayed with her, I'd be doing great.
A few minutes later the race directors did their little explanation and before I knew it we were off. We did a little out and back to start off the race, which was awesome mostly because I got to see Ward and the kids two times and because it was mostly flat. I also got to see my friend Seth (aka Mizuno shoe junkie) and his son who came to cheer on the racers.
When choosing my race outfit, I considered dressing for the holiday, but didn't have much in terms of brown, orange, or red. Only my red Mizuno Universe. So I turned to my lucky #GetAfterIt Reebok capris and Tufts10k shirt. My thought was that this racing outfit was good luck for the Tufts 10k, so why not. It was worth a shot.
This is me, rocking it a little after mile 1. Feeling freaking awesome.
After I left them, the course did a little loop around the neighborhood, up a little hill, down a longer hill and then we were back at the high school. That was it. One of the things I love about 5ks is that they are over so fast, but then again, that's another thing I dislike about them as well.
Here I am, coming in to the finish. My hat is popping off my head. Lovely. I would have taken it off a couple of miles back, but I didn't have anything else to keep my hair out of my face, so weird hat, popping off my head had to stay.
|I need to drop my shoulders - BIG time.|
I crossed the finish line feeling fantastic. And I did not let that guy there beat me. No way. It took me a few moments to remember to stop my Garmin, so I estimated my time at 21:30. Flipping Fantastic! That was a 40 second PR for me. I was beyond excited.
Unfortunately, I couldn't stick around for long because Ward needed to fit in his run and we had to get to my in-laws house for Thanksgiving Dinner. I found out later on that I came in 2nd for my age group and won a pie. Darn. I hope the directors donated it.