First, without delay, I want to share I PR'd this race! I am so thrilled.
I had not been feeling all that great the week leading up to the race... I had a string of nights where I just completely crashed and felt fatigued and lethargic -- similar to how I felt before I started the new Thyroid meds.
Really my plan was to just practice my half marathon plan for this race. Instead, things worked out differently after I started. Go figure.
First, I couldn't get my heart rate down. It wasn't for not trying -- it just wasn't happening. I gave up before mile 1 was done, went with it and ran by feel. I decided I was going to try to run sub 13 minutes. I would run mile-to-mile, and take a short walk break each mile. So, if I finished mile 1 in 12:45, then I walked 15 seconds or less. If I finished in 12:20, then I'd walk just under 40 seconds.
By the time I got to the 5K mark I was pretty much beside myself, realizing all my miles were well under 13, even with the short walks. My 5K PR is something like 39 minutes and I knew I was at about 38 -- surely I would tank! My heart rate was just too high; I was pretty much just waiting to bonk.
Mile 4. Still waiting... no bonk yet.
Mile 5. Just like having (2) 1 mile repeats left. "I got this." Feeling good because I'm actually passing some folks at the end. Really? Yes!
I finished in 1:16 for a 12:18 pace. Needless to say I was thrilled. :)
I crushed 13 minute miles AND got faster at the end!