On a quest to better my short distance times, I decided to hop into this local 5k to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I had been running doubles all week and ended the week running 95 miles. I was feeling GREAT!!! My legs did not feel tired during the race, so I was happy to run well with high mileage.
I won the woman’s race with a new PR of 17:19. Results here.
I was really hoping to break 17 minutes and was on pace through mile 2. Mile 3 just really slowed me down. Running on the grass was fun but not something I am used to, so that was interesting in the 3rd mile! My plan was to stick by my teammate Derek as long as I could. I held on until about mile 1.5 and backed off a bit. One thing I am always working on is taking risks and just going for it! I feel like I am improving on that with each race I do lately. I am not there yet as the fear of having to stop still grips me sometimes, but I am starting to shake that fear. I also feel like I did really well in holding my form and staying relaxed. In hindsight, I wish I would have pushed that 3rd mile harder, but that’s life as a runner I guess, always striving to do better and to push further!
The course was great! There were lots of turns which kept it interesting! I really feel like I could run even faster on a flatter course, but we’ll see! 😉 The shorter distances are my weakness, so I am working on getting comfortable with the pain those bring!
This Friday, I leave for Minneapolis to run in the USA 10 mile Championships. I am SUPER excited!!!! The race was blazing fast last year, which honestly can be a little intimidating, but I am ready to run a fast race and crush it! It will be great to race on the same day that many of my Bandido teammates will be running the Twin Cities Marathon. I can’t wait to cheer them on at the finish line!