Thank you so much for all your good luck wishes on my 5k. I am happy to report that it was a success! If you have read my running story, you know that my only goal was to run the whole way. I knew that I was going to be able to do it as I had run almost 5 miles in training, but still, I DID IT!!
But let me back up a bit...
The morning of the 21st, I woke up around 6:30 and started with some breakfast. Usually before I run, I have at least a banana (I find that bananas before running are a must - otherwise I get terrible side cramps). But since I wasn't running for another two hours, I knew I was going to need something a little more. I went with a classic - toast (nine grain) with flax peanut butter and banana. Perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbs! To drink, I had a glass of coconut water. Like with the food, I didn't want too much, but I knew I needed something. And since coconut water is full of electrolytes, it sounded like the perfect pre-run beverage!
So anyway, we got my number and returned to the start line with time to spare.
A lot of people sprinted out of the start, but I knew that I wouldn't have enough energy to finish strong if I did that, so I started with a good, steady pace that I was hoping to keep up for the whole run. The first mile felt long, but fairly easy, and I enjoyed seeing parts of the college campus that I had never seen before (the whole course was on the campus).
Despite my pain, I managed to keep a smile on my face...
About 20 feet before the finish line, I all of a sudden heard a rush of hard breathing behind me as someone attempted to pass me right at the finish line. All I remember thinking was oh no you don't, and off I sprinted across the finish!
I had crossed the finish with an official time of 25:38 and a pace of 8:15/mile. I was absolutely ecstatic! That was a good minute/mile faster than when I ran a 5k in training the week before. No wonder I felt so awful! I really did push myself. Not only did I run my fastest time, but I got first in my age group!
Next time, another recap! Only it will be of the wonderful time I had with my mom these past few days. :)
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Have a fantastic rest of the week, lovely people!