Talk about an awesome weekend!! Gasparilla was so much fun! Saturday was the 5k that I ran in. It was really weird preparing to run by myself. I was a little nervous but felt pretty good. I went downtown by myself. I walked around a bit to loosen up. It was about 45 minutes out and I ran into my family. They spotted me as they were pulling into the parking lot. That made me feel great because I was afraid I wouldn't see them before I took off.
We took a couple pictures, I got some hugs and kisses and then they left to find a spot on the course. I found the 10:00 minute pacer and positioned myself in between him and the 9:30 pacer. I wanted a sub 30 run. I knew I had to stay in between them for that to be possible. There were sooo many people. The horn sounded and we were off.
The first probably 3/4 of a mile was very annoying. There were so many people that I was literally tripping over them. It was frustrating trying to get around and getting stuck behind people. At one point I even jumped up on the sidewalk to try to get by. Then my shoe came untied. UG! I had to pull over. Even with all the obstacles my first mile was 9:22. WOW! That is quick for me. I was feeling awesome.
Mile 2 was a different story. It started to get tougher. I knew I had probably started out too fast. I though water was at the half way point. Well it wasn't. It was closer to the 2 mile mark. That messed with me. When I'm expecting water and don't get it my brain starts freaking out. Finally I see the water. That was a joke. We were backed up for 15 to 20 seconds. 9:50. Almost 30 seconds slower. Yuck.
Mile 3 sucked. Flat out sucked. I could feel my sub 30 slipping away. I walked a lot. My body was feeling ok. I never even cramped up. I know it was all in my head. I don't know why I walked. I could've pushed on. I could've been faster. Rounding the last curve I saw my family cheering me on! They had made me a sign :) That felt good. 10:05.
I ended up finishing at 30:24. My average pace was 9:45. Pretty good pace for me. Just dissappointed that I didn't get the sub 30. You always play back in your mind what you could have done differently. If only I had walked a little less. If only the water process went a tad faster. If only if only. I just need to learn from this and push harder next time.
Finishing felt good. I didn't make my goal but I did it. My family was there to cheer me on. They are proud of me and really that's all that matters. Every run can't be your best. Overall it was a good time. There were just over 11500 runners in the 4 waves that made up this race. That is a lot of people. I came in at 2632. I was 880/6810 out of the women. I'm pretty estatic about those numbers.
Tomorrow I'll have John's race recap!