Today started out like the usual. A big black dog and her sad eyes staring up at me. What a heartbreaker.
This morning was the LR Zoo Cheetah Chase 5K! To give you a better idea of how the race went, I’ve dug deep into the files of imgur and found some examples.
I had super high hopes for a great PR because I feel like I’ve been working my tail off to improve my time and overall speed. There was no reason in my mind why I couldn’t get a PR! At one point though, I was feeling less than optimistic! But before you skip to the bottom of this post, I DID PR!!!! 25:05:08!!! When I finished, I felt like doing this…
The race started at 8:30 AM, which thankfully today was completely cloudy with a few sprinkles here or there so the heat wasn’t an issue! Just the humidity. Meh.
There were 275 runners, according to the race results. I could have sworn at packet pick up they said they had close to 400 pre-registered so I’m wondering if a large chunk of runners didn’t show because of the monsoon that occurred not even 10 minutes after I finished the race! It’s been storming all day since! Those poor runners who were still on the course when the rain started must have gotten drenched! I bet they put it into high gear though!
Hokay. So. The race. A friend of mine from work that lives in this part of town (really, we ran by her house this morning!) she assured me that the course was “great!!! flat!! only two small downhills!!” SWEET! That sounds like a winning course in my book.
Not. So. Fast. There. Buddy.
Here’s how it REALLY went. And don’t forget, they were only giving awards to the top 10 overal male and female finishers so the pressure was on!
Mile 1- I started out fairly close to the front of the pack when the gun went off, then quickly realized this was going to be one deceiving run! It pretty much felt like this.
Basically 3/4 of mile 1 was downhill or flat. By the time I looked at my watch when I saw the marker, it had me at a 7 something pace! I thought “no way, if I keep this up I’ll have a huge PR!” Then we turned a corner. And my face looked a little something like this.
As did everyone else’s around me. I’m not sure when this part of town became so hilly, but I think we managed to find every hill and run UP it.
Mile 2- I was still feeling pretty decent about my pace, although my heart-rate was not. Please forgive me for not practicing running up mountains. I feel like the majority of mile 2 was run up a hill, down the other side, turn a corner, back up another hill, repeat. By this point, I was really starting to get paranoid that I might completely miss my PR if these dang hills kept popping up! I’m not usually one to complain about hills, I’m from middle TN for crying out loud, but whoever mapped out this 5K route must not have driven it first! Then, I saw my friend! Who I swear looks and acts JUST like Kristin Wig. In fact, Adam and I call her Kristin Wig just for our own musings.
With her Jack Russell dragging behind her, she ran along the sidewalk with me and asked how I was doing, if I was on my goal pace, and confidently reassured me that the rest of the course is DEFINITELY downhill from here. I beg to differ.
Mile 3- I eventually made it through all the hills, and knew that I WOULD PR, just not sub-25:00 which I had to accept because I knew how tough a course it was. I came upon a 13 year old girl and may have made it my mission to pass her as soon as possible. With a target on her back, I picked her off, and gained back my confidence for the finish. (You’d be lying if you said you’ve never NOT tried to beat a kid at a race. So what if I don’t want to get beat by a pre-teen, ha!) Once I saw the finish line, I put the pedal to the metal and finished strong! I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was the 7th female overall and the volunteer threw my award at me before I could even realize what had happened! 7th out of 169 females?! I’ll take it!!
So, I got my PR. I am ecstatic that I made that time on such a hilly course because now I have the confidence in knowing that on a flat course a sub-25 is definitely possible!! I can’t wait to try again! If I just keep keepin’ on, I”ll get there 🙂
Happy Weekend!! I’ve spent all day lounging, editing wedding photos,
eating cookies & ice cream, and I plan to do it all again tomorrow!
Oh! And in case you were wondering what the top 10 female times were…here you go!
7 . ME (8:05 pace) 25:05.08