Race #14 of the year is in the books!
The day started out as any other typical race morning. I woke up around 5 a.m. and had a cup of coffee along with one piece of Ezekiel toast with AB. The weather looked like it’d be about 60 degrees at race start with sun and no wind so I decided on my Oiselle stride shorts and new Flyte tank (yup — I wore it again), compression socks and sunglasses. My mom and I left the house close to 6:30 so I would have time to get my race packet and take a bus to the start line.
Both the half marathon and 5K distances finished in the same place, Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wisconsin. As we pulled up to the park, I realized I had been there once before — sometime around 5 a.m. during my last Ragnar Relay!
I secured my race packet and met up with my friend Amanda, who traveled from Madison and was running the half marathon. Reunited after at least eight years probably!?!
The half marathoners left in their buses around 7:20 and then I got in line for the 5K bus. It took us across the river to Minnesota to the start line, which was in a residential area in the city of Afton (I think). Then, the route followed the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.
I can’t say I was a fan of the way the start was organized (maybe my only complaint about this race). There were no mats at the start (which isn’t necessarily unusual) but then again, my Garmin time seemed to be pretty off from the official time and I pressed “start” right when I passed the start banner. So that was a little confusing. Also, there was no organization and there were groups of walkers that started right up front. The race also started early, so I was a bit surprised when I heard the horn go off.
Mile 1: 7:46
OK — enough complaining. After finally weaving my way through to a place where I could run at a pace with my own personal space, I settled in and focused on maintaining my position and not getting passed.
Mile 2: 7:42
Mile 2 included a nice, long downhill slope that I was very happy about. At this point, you’re also basically running alongside Interstate I-94 too, which was really weird. Things went pretty well during this mile. Right in front of me was a tall girl with long legs that I tried to keep up with — and almost did, until the end of mile 2 when she took off.
Mile 3: 7:40
Mile 3 takes you into downtown Hudson. I was tired and thirsty but somehow kept my legs moving. Left, right, left right. And by the end of the race, I was pretty much on my own. I wasn’t fast enough (or had enough left in the tank to pick up the pace at all) to stick with the pack in front of my, but I had also picked off a few people who had probably gone out too fast. So as I came into the park for the last .2 or so, the spectators were pretty great and definitely got me through to the end.
Final time: 24:37 (and did you check out those negative splits?!?!)
Overall, pretty happy with this race. I was only passed by one person the entire race and by no females! I have to admit though, I feel a little frustrated because it felt like I was running so fast the entire time and then I look at how much further I have to go to make my sub-24:00 goal. I have literally NO idea how people run 17:XX 5Ks. Or faster. Oh, I guess they must put in hard work 🙂
My mom and I watched the 5K awards ceremony and then headed back to the finish line to see Amanda. She had a great race!
How do you approach 5Ks? Do you have any 5K goals?