After I picked up my packet I used the bathroom (no line!) and set out for my easy 2 mile warm up jog. Thank to Coach Krystal for the race advice.
I had heard that the start was narrow and crowded so I got into the corral about 7:50 and started about 10 feet back from the front.
I took off and took the first mile about 10 seconds faster than I wanted around 8:04. I kept trying to settle into my stride, my breathing, and just run but I couldn't. The course wasn't joking around about being unpaved. The entire race was on loose sand!
I kept my focus through mile 1 and tried to run the tangents. There were several “Florida hills” which I weren't prepared for either. Mile 2 was about 8:22.
The mindset of the 5k is so different from that of a half marathon. In a half I can settle into a pace and mentally push myself along the way. In this 5k I was just pushing from start to finish. There were no easy miles.
By mile 2.4 I was ready for it to be over and my quads were burning from trying to find a foothold in the sand. I didn’t know if I could beat Kyle’s time and I didn’t really care. I stopped looking at my Garmin and just gave whatever I had. The last .1 miles were finally on pavement and I kicked it into the finish.
Official results : 25:30, an average pace of 8:13, 4th in the 20-29 age group, 15th overall, AND 2 seconds faster than Kyle!
Overall I would say it was a good race to run. Tough course, but well organized. I also liked that we were given women's sized tech shirts. They also had free Chic-Fil-A biscuits at the finish...which I didn't have. It's only a 5k after all..let's not go crazy!
Am I happy with my race results? I’m satisfied. I know the course was tough and the sand was something that I had not trained for. I know I have a faster 5k in me on a paved course, but I don’t think it will happen this season. I have my final half marathon on Saturday and then I promised my body a break. After 4 half marathons and 2 (hopefully 3) sub 2 finishes I think it deserves it!
Thank you to everyone who tweeted and wished me well this weekend. It meant a lot.
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Love and slippery feet,
Carissa & Kyle