Brian and I ran this race last year too - Click here for the race report!
With just two weeks to go to the half marathon, I wasn't really excited about racing a 5k. My legs were tired and cranky from weeks of high mileage and entering taper but I knew this was Brian's favorite race so decided to sign up with him.
Brian loves this race because it is on a golf course, plan and simple. That is pretty much the only reason he wants to run it every year. The course is challenging and hilly and not exactly a PR course.
I originally hadn't planned on racing, just running the 5k at tempo pace and seeing how I felt. Once the race started that plan flew right out the window. I began to judge the other women around me and started to feel more and more confident that I could take the lead and hold it. So after the first mile I slowly started to pull away from the other women and increase my lead.
Leading the race was amazing and I felt great the whole time. I just could not believe it was happening and that I was running a very consistently paced race. With about a quarter mile to go, I finally looked behind me and saw that no women were in sight so I slowed down a bit. I knew I had won and I thought that was enough for the day. I will just have to wait for my next 5k to PR.
And now some race photos!
Official Time: 21:49