I ran the Race for the Cure 5K today. When I race, I always set a high goal and a low goal – low goal is something that I feel fairly confident I can accomplish; high goal is a stretch that I would be ecstatic if I accomplished. Today, my low goal was to run under 21 minutes; my high goal was to run under 20 minutes. I ran 20:47. I’m happy. I do wish my 3rd mile had been faster (my splits were 6:13 – 6:41 – 7:16). The 1st mile is down hill, the 2nd mile is flat, and the 3rd mile has 1 hill and the rest is a very gradual uphill. I was the 2nd place women (Gina Krabbendam won in 19:44 – she is A M A Z I N G!!!).
In a lot of ways, I HATE racing a 5K. I’ve really come to prefer longer distances. A 5K hurts so bad! I like in the longer distances to start conservatively and to built speed as the race progresses.
I don’t think I’ll be able to get any more races in before the Philly Half Marathon in November. I am so excited about that race! :)