Today I ran my first race in 2011, my first race since September 2010 and my first race in the 25-29 age group. I haven't run a 5 mile race since the summer of 2007 so I was hoping for a PR and also to find out what kind of shape I was in. (Previous 5 miler time - 38:08)
The race didn't start until 10:30am which was nice because then I got to sleep in and leisurely eat my breakfast and coffee before picking up Brian and heading to the race. I planned to meet up with two other girls from my running group who I usually workout with. We warmed up together and then waited for the race to start.
The course was great - a mostly flat out and back. The plan was to run the 5 miles as evenly as possible. I still have not totally figured out how to use my garmin, so I don't really know my exact splits but we were able to keep a pretty consistent pace for the whole race which was great. I felt strong for most of the run except for the last mile when I just wanted to be done running.
And to my surprise I finished a whole minute faster than I planned. It felt good to race again and run with my teammates.
The good news is that I now have a new 5 miler PR! YAY! But the bad news is that now I am in the age group with all the FAST girls!! The second, third, and fourth place finishers were all between 25 and 29!
Finish time: 36:26
Age Group: 8/132