This morning I had a 5k race over at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
I headed out around 5:40 a.m. to the race pavilion in order to get the best parking since the event was expecting to be loaded up and down.
Finding a parking space? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Anyways I got there around 6 a.m. to relax in the car, and focus while jamming out to System of a Down. I had planned to break my 5k record of 18:40 on this race, but was kind of nervous about it since the weather conditions were terrible. 34 degrees, and 20 MPH winds.
Around 7 a.m. I headed out to do some easy running to warm up and check out the course. While I was outside I was FREEZING. I couldn’t even coordinate my hands to tie my shoes.
Once I changed into my race clothes I did some drills and 2 strides. This helped me warm up better.
I got to the starting line probably 2 minutes before the gun went off, and got a good spot in the front. The gun went off and I went off at a pace that I felt like I was jogging, or maybe my legs were so numb I couldn’t feel them doing work? It was weird. I was in the leading pack probably around 6th place within 800m into the race. The reason I though my pace felt so easy was because there wasn’t a mile marker for the first mile. At one point I checked my watch and it was in the late 7:50s. I seriously was about to do some internal yelling when I saw I hadn’t passed a mile marker yet. I noticed there were only 2 guys infront of me so I focused on catching one since I wasn’t dying yet.
Once I caught up to one of the guys that I thought was in 2nd we made a turn and saw the 2 mile marker with the time displayed. When I passed it I looked at my watch and read…
I got pumped! There was about a 50-70 meter gap between the guy I thought was first so I tried to pick it up, and go for the 1st place. At this point, my face was numb! I couldn’t feel a thing AKA boogers.
Once we turned back to the bridge there was a moderate hill left to take care of. It was difficult, this is probably where the guy I thought was 1st put a bigger gap on me. (The reason I say “thought” is because apparently there was another guy who dusted all of us.) I tried sprinting as soon as I saw the finish line, but it felt like I was running the same.
I ended up finishing the course in about 18:23, 17 seconds taken off of my old record, and a 3rd overall!!!=) 5:55 per mile. My best performance yet!! My splits show that I passed the 3rd mile in 17:45. If I can fit another 2 miles in this, I could get 29:35 for the 5 miles, which would be pretty amazing.
Now we got 7 weeks until my goal race, and I haven’t even touched the speed phase of my cycle! This is good, this is really good.