- Flying Pig 5k - 32:51
- CDR 5k - 31:29
- Pumpkin Run 5k - 32:02
- Spooktacular Scott Teays 5k - 31:06
At the beginning of the year, fresh off the 29:17 PR, I set a goal for 2012 to get under 27 minutes before the end of the year. I thought it would be easy. But as the year progressed, and reality set in, I've revised that goal - it now stands at finishing in under 29 minutes before the end of the year IF I could meet the goal of once again being under 30. One minute at a time, right?
So I set out this morning for another attempt. It was a cool, damp, grey and kind of dismal morning. But I did my best to cheer it up by wearing my super fun green sparkle skirt and some rather awesome black and white striped tights. I was wearing fun clothes, therefore the race was going to be fun. Who can have a bad day while wearing awesome striped tights? Not this girl!
I was totally relaxed and had no real expectations for the race, other than to finish (finishing under 30 would just be icing on the cake; after so many "failed" attempts, I'd given up on pressuring myself). The race itself was also fairly relaxed; it was a popsicle stick race so there were no numbers and no chips - you just run and grab a stick as you cross the finish line.
I found a good position for the start and started well, with a good, but maybe slightly fast, pace. I took a peak at the Garmin and was kind of surprised at how easy the pace it said i was running felt. But since i was only a half mile in, I slowed it down a tad. Easy at mile 0.5 is not always so easy at mile 2.5. But I kept it pretty steady, and felt really good most of the way - mile 1 was awesome (9:31mpm); mile 2 was ok (9:41); I picked it back up in mile 3. I was well on track for a finish in under 30, and maybe, just maybe, in under 29:30...
But with about a quarter mile to go, potential disaster struck - my shoe came untied. Obviously, I had 2 choices - stop and tie it or let it go and hope i didn't trip. Might not have been the wisest choice, but I chose the second. I was so close to the finish and so close to my goal that I was just going to go for it with laces flapping. But for safety's sake because of the flapping laces, I decided against the all-out sprint for the finish I had been saving up energy for and just ran to the finish at the same pace. Didn't see the official time on the clock as I grabbed my stick, but I stopped the Garmin at 29:37!!
|heading for the finish line|
Success!! Finally got my under 30 finish! Without the untied shoe, I could probably have gotten under that even more elusive under 29:30. But you can add up the if's all day (if I'd trained harder; if my shoe hadn't come untied, etc...) but they don't change the facts. I ran the race i ran....
And it was awesome!
|Happy finisher on the Capitol steps|
And it was awesome!