It’s hard for any race-runner to turn down a “cheap” 5K; we may love-hate the distance, but when that event pops up fitting perfectly into your calendar, and the price tag is reasonable? “Register” is clicked without even a pause of hesitation!
Duh, of course I’m in…
The 5K test is no easy “fill in the C bubbles” jog – it’s ready to really make you think about what’s worth 20(+/-) minutes of your run!
It was the typical why-isn’t-winter-over-yet chilly in the morning; we noticed a 5* temperature drop as we walked down toward the water. This is only okay for the first race of the year, so we don’t complain too much. This is also okay because the race is small enough that we can show up at 7:30am for packet pick-up, bag-check, warm-up and to still have a few minutes to spare before an 8am start! Good stuff.
I-phone pic, en route to the starting line. Good morning, DC!
One crew member had a sub-20 goal in mind, while the rest of us had no goal and were already thinking about coffee & putting our jackets back on. Then once we actually started running, that thought pops up that maybe this would be good to actually race. It is totally flat…and the legs aren’t sore or over-tired or complaining…and Kate’s making me run faster…and, ah. GO FOR IT.
My 5K “PR” was so over itself – 2009 was a long time ago, legs. Get on it!
The course was a PR-perfect flat out and back. Boring? Of course. Doable for 3.1 miles? Absolutely. I wanted to just race against myself – I had no watch on, but the mile one marker shout-out was “6:48”, followed by “13:45” at mile two. Feeling thankful that my brain only had to do one mile of math, I realized that as long as I chased Hiller for another mile me and that shiny new PR would be all set!
I instantly felt the need to vomit when I crossed the finish line: success!
21:37 – avg 6:58 min/mile
And just like that, 2013 is off & running…
Thanks to the Washington DC Junior League for a well-run, organized, charitable and fun race!
What personal best are you looking to challenge this year? How so?