Saturday, March 12, 2011

Running of the Green

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
Pace: 7:17/mi
Overall: 221/1655
Females: 33/???
Age Group: 8/132

22 comments:

Katie said...

Awesome time! Congrats on the PR :D

Nicole said...

Amazing amazing time lady!!! Way to go!!!!! :-)

Rochelle said...

Good job! Congrats on the PR!

Her Name Is Rio said...

Congratulations on that PR! Must be a great feeling!

Suzy said...

Congrats on your awesome race!

KT80 (Running Like a Girl) said...

It sounds like you kept up just fine! In fact, I would consider you to be one of the fast girls. :)

Angie said...

Congrats!!! Nice PR!!! the 25-29 age group is so baller, it sucks doesn't it? I have a few more months of 20-24 before I'm there too!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Congrats on the PR - that's a great time! I am surprised and would have thought that the 20-24 age group would have been faster as I guess I just assumed that people slow down a bit as they age!

Kim said...

Congrats!

Laura said...

Amazing race! You are speedy :-)

Little Miss Runshine said...

Great PR! Gong into a new age group seems like going into a new grade in school! :)

Laura said...

Congrats - Great job!

marathonmaiden said...

congrats on the new pr! whooo-hoooo! i bet being with "the fast girls" makes you even faster!

Christine said...

AWESOME time!! Congrats!! I can't believe you were 8th in your age group...you are sooo fast!!

Beth said...

Congrats on the PR!

Marlene said...

Congrats on the race! Massive PR!!

d.a.r. said...

Congrats on the race, speedy!!!

twentysixandthensome.com said...

Congrats on the super speedy PR!

Jon Gilchrist said...

bravo on the PR!!!

kilax said...

Yay! Congrats on the PR, speedy!

What is is about that last mile of fast races? You feel so good for the first few... it's like our minds tell our bodies it's almost over.

It's strange - out here, the older women's AGs are more competitive!

FruitFly said...

Congratulations!! You are freaking speedy!! Too cool!

Laura said...

Congratulations!!! And be glad that most races don't double-count awards (meaning, if you win an overall, you're pulled out of the age group results). I've taken home an award that way before :)