Running a race with only women adds a certain special element. Sunday was a special day where I got to run the Pink Ribbon 5k with over 1200 women. Since it was a race sponsored by the local Breast Cancer coalition, there was pink everywhere! Almost every person I saw had some kind of pink on...except me (opps!).
Sunday was BEAUTIFUL! Sunny and 50F with just a slight breeze - much better than rain or even snow which we had last year when I ran this race. I was joined at the race by one of my running club teammates who planned to race with me! We got there early and were able to just hang out before starting our warm up.
My main goal was to pace my running club friend to a PR. I knew that she had a lot of speed in her and I knew this was a perfect course to push for a PR even if we just had run the half marathon last weekend. I promised her that I would not start too fast.
After a 2 mile warm up, we lined up at the start with a bunch of speedy runners. I recognized a few of them although I am sure they didn't recognize me. I was kind of nervous for this race because a 5k is so different from a half marathon. The amount of time that you "feel good" running at the pace is a lot shorter for a 5k than for a half.
Soon the horn sounded and we were off and running. Of course the pace felt fairly easy through the first mile. Then the pace started to feel a little bit uncomfortable as we headed into the turnaround.
Mile 1: 6:58
Mile 2: 6:49
Mile 3: 6:47
0.1: 6:27 pace
I loved the fact that this race was a looped turnaround, so that on the way back I began to see a lot of the other runners. I think some even recognized me because they said my name. I felt bad because I wasn't able to respond back or even see who they were because I was focused and also it was just a sea of pink!
As we headed towards the end of the second mile and into the third mile, I couldn't feel my running teammate on my heels any more. I knew she was close behind and I knew I had to keep pushing the pace even though my legs wanted to quit.
After two fairly moderate but annoying hills, I headed into the final straight away. I stopped looking at my watch and just pushed my legs faster and faster. Running to towards the finish was amazing because each side of the course was lined with people clapping and cheering.
Once the results were posted I was happy to see the official PR for me and my running teammate!
Two weekends. Two races. Two PRs!
Official Time: 21:12