Saturday, I ran in the McGuire’s 5K Prediction Run. This race 100% brought out my racing weaknesses. 1st the stats – I ran 20:06 and was the 3rd place woman. I also ran on the North West Florida Track Club’s women’s team and we were the 1st place team (and I was 2nd on the team ).
Being a prediction run, you could not wear a watch and there were no mile markers.
I was pretty frustrated with the race. Not knowing the course or the area at all, I never knew how far I’d gone and how much further. At 1 point, a guy running next to me said “half way.” That threw me big time. In reality, we probably had less than a mile left. I also went out WAY too fast.
Experienced racers or at least people who know the course, I’m sure can handle a race like this fine. I am not at all an experienced racer. I do not race enough to “trust my body” to determine the pace.
Chalk this one up as a learning experience!
Next up is another half on April 11 and then I’m going to try a few more 5K’s in late April and May.