I shot up North to stay with my parents Friday night, and got up waaaaaay early Saturday to head to NW Arkansas for my 5k. I didn't go to bed early enough, and didn't sleep well, so the race day was a bit stressful as I was afraid I would be too tired.
By 7:30 a.m. it was already at 89 degrees and 100% humidity....YUCK. The 10k took off at 7:30 and we 5kers waited around for another half hour, sweating while doing nothing.
The course started off down hill...down a BIG hill. This is deceiving as you can start off too fast and burn out too soon. I had to tell myself to go slow b/c it wasn't all downhill. We flattened out about 1/4 mile in, and crossed what would be our finish line. A slow incline gave way to another big hill, this time, UP hill. The remainder of the course to the turn around was flat and fast, but I stayed at a slow pace because I was sweating so bad. I have a fear of passing out, because I do get weak when I get too hot. We all do if we sweat too much and don't refuel. Near the end we ran back down the UP hill, and headed toward the finish line.
|Back down the hill to the end. The girl in the blue was in front of me the entire race. I used her as my pace keeper. I tried to tell her later, but I couldn't find her once the race was over. Thanks to you blue shirt girl!!!|
....and THAT my friends is a PR.! I beat my last race by about 9 seconds. That's a huge win considering the conditions.
But do you want to know the best part??
I got 3rd place in my age division!! And, there were more than 3 women in my division! I was 3/7, 103/157 overall. I think that is pretty cool.
Check that out. I was totally shocked too. Here I am 4 hours from home, only 1 of 4 people in this race from our town, and the only one in my category. They announced "3rd place, from Durant, OK, with a time of 34:54.1...." and my friend said I was just looking around like I wasn't listening. She asked me if I thought there was really someone else there, from our town, with MY name that won, b/c that was the look on my face. I would have never guessed I'd place. I'm so stoked!
I'm still shooting for a sub30 5k. And I would like to try a 10k or a half in 2013. I'm one step closer though!!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and have a great Monday!
When was your last PR?
When was your first medal for placing?
How far have you traveled for a race?