Saturday night was the Billy Bowlegs 5K. It starts at 10:30pm. That’s LATE for me! I honestly like to be in bed by 9:30pm! :) Yet this is a big local race and is a lot of fun. Thankfully my training partner, Lisa, ran with me.
I definitely felt pressure going into it being the defending champ. The local running store keeps a HUGE trophy in the store and every year the overall male and female winners’ names are engraved on it. Pretty cool.
Between Lisa and another local girl, Cindy, I knew it’d need to be a good race. Then right as the gun goes off, Lisa points out another girl – “the air force girl” – who beat me Monday at the Gate to Gate race. I have to admit – I cussed loud when I saw her. And also quickly made the decision to go for it and try to go with her.
I hit mile 1 in 5:53. She was about 5 steps ahead of me. I pulled right on her in the 2nd mile, but she surged and opened up her lead a bit. Mile 2 was 6:08. I knew if I ran an awesome last mile I could PR. I can honestly say I fought with everything in me, but I just didn’t have it. Cindy blew by me with about 2/10′s to go in the race. Mile 3 was 6:22 and 18:24. All I could think about at that point was finishing on my own 2 feet. As I neared the finish, it was definitely a let down to see 18:59-19:00. I finished in 19:06.
When I think about 19:06, I know it’s a good time and I should be happy. When I ran my PR in April, the weather was perfect. It was really hot and really humid Saturday night. I guess I just walked away from that race thinking I could have won. Cindy was 18:50 and “the air force girl” was 18:55.
I keep thinking I’ve got to try a 5K where I start out more like 6:10 and then speed up. I just get too dang competitive and go out too hard. EVERY.SINGLE.RACE.