On Sunday I ran in the Run to Remember 5k held by Charm City Run and sponsored by the Mercy Foot and Ankle Institute. This was my third time participating in this race, and it’s always a great one.
The race didn’t start until 8:46 which is much later than I usually go out running. I woke up around 5:50 and had some coffee. At 6:30 I ate a banana but knew I would need something more to hold me over until the end of the race. I foam rolled and did a warm up, and then ate a Honey Stinger Waffle at 7:30. I continued my warm up and headed out to do a warm-up jog a little after 8am.
I ran 2 easy miles and then made my way over to the start. After waiting in line to use the bathroom it was 8:40 so I went over to line up. The race didn’t end up starting until close to 9am, so I felt like I was standing around quite a bit and was no longer as warmed up as I had been. The weather was great- high 50s and sunny but not hot. This was a nice change from last year when it was about 80 degrees and humid.
Once I started running I was able to get into a comfortable pace around 6:50 based on my Garmin. I mean, it wasn’t truly “comfortable” but you know what I mean:) Rob wasn’t racing (he did a different 5k the day before) so he was able to take my picture in a couple different spots.
Mile 2 is always really tough because we go up a steep hill. I have actually been doing my hill repeats on that hill so I think that helped to get me through it. There are a few more hills with less downhills because the race ends at a higher elevation than it starts. I know this about the race yet I complain about it every time.
I was able to hold my pace based on my Garmin but my watch was not matching up with the mile markers. By the time I finished my watch read 3.19 miles. It flashed to say that I had a new 5k PR of 21:04- but that was based on my watch, not the actual course. The time I read on my watch was 21:40 and my PR is 21:38. I knew I couldn’t have been off by 3 seconds so I knew right away that I didn’t PR.
I grabbed some snacks and updated Rob about how it went. I talked to Sarah for a few minutes and then waited to get my award.
1st female 30-39
5th female overall
While I was a little disappointed at first I had to put things in perspective. I ran this race after running 38 miles in the past 6 days which included mile repeats, a tempo run, and a 16 mile run. I ran well over a minute better than last year. It seems that the course is measured slightly long- and to be fair, I’m pretty sure the course where I set my PR was measured a little short.There is also a net elevation gain, so there isn’t as much of a benefit from the downhills to make up for the effort of the uphills. Also, my splits looked pretty even and consistent. And physically I felt good and strong.
So all things considered, I think it was a pretty marvelous race!
What is the closest you have ever come to setting a new PR but not quite making it?
Anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?!