A new PR. #happydance
No, it’s not sub-30. #boo-hoo
I was disappointed for a wee little bit on Saturday, but then I got over myself and moved on.
As I’ve mulled the race over in my mind, two things keep coming up.
(1) This is the first 5K I’ve run that I did not feel like I was going to burn out after the first 1/2 mile.
I really held myself back during the first mile of this race. I kept looking at my Garmin. I was running a 9:30 pace and felt awesome.
For comparison purposes:
The first mile of the second 5K I ran, I also ran at a 9:30 pace. The difference is I thought I was going to die during that race. I kept telling myself, “You’re going too fast, Ruthanne. This is too fast. Slow down. You’re burning out.” And that’s exactly what happened.
This time around I felt strong.
That’s improvement and that makes me happy.
(2) I should have kicked it up a notch sooner. I don’t feel like I left it all out on the race course. I felt like I still had “humph” left in me. I don’t want to leave a race with that feeling. I want to know I gave it all I had.
My first 5K: 36:02 October 8, 2011
My sixth 5K: 30:19 April 19, 2012
In other news, I think I figured out why I got such a nasty blister.
I have a huge hole in my shoe!
I think new shoes will be on my birthday wish list for Saturday.
P. S. My man and my oldest killed it during the race. They did awesome!