This morning I ran the Run of Luck, a local 7k St. Patrick's Day race. And it was the best race I have ever had! The weather was cold and rainy - cold I don't mind, but rainy and wet meant that I was concerned I was going to roll my ankle again. I was determined that that wasn't going to happen.
The kids did NOT like being out in the cold so I had Alan take a photo before the race since I wasn't sure if they would see me during.
I had ran a 7k at the gym on Thursday in 55 minutes so I knew I could do it in less than that since I always run faster outside and when it's cold. But, I went into it with my half marathon plan of run a mile, walk a minute, plus walking the turnarounds so I didn't slip again. The gun went off and I started running...but not before being silently amused that it was a St. Patrick's Day race and they had bagpipes...playing Scotland the Brave. I know most people probably don't know the difference, but to this girl who's proud of her Scottish heritage, it was pretty funny.
My first mile was really good, except that my leggings kept falling down...and I mean, I was having to hold them up. Hopefully I didn't accidentally flash anyone behind me! I haven't lost that much weight, but apparently it's enough that I might need some new running gear... :-) I finished mile 1 in 11:18. Somewhere in the second mile my pants started cooperating and I realized that I was running near someone I always am around during River Run training. So, I decided to pace myself off of her. I finished Mile 2 in 12:19.
By mile 3 I realized I was going along a quite a clip for me. I ran a 5k in 37:29, which while not the fastest I have ever ran a 5k, it was the fastest I have ever ran it in a race. I had just over a mile to go and I floored it, keeping pace with the woman from the group runs. Not gonna lie, I did kind of feel like I might throw up at the end, but I knew a PR was in reach, so I was going for it. I had no way to tell Alan that I was going to finish earlier than I expected, so I was really glad to see them as I was rounding the corner to the finish. I finished in 48:54, with an average pace of 11:15/mile. You have no idea how ecstatic I am about that finish. It was six minutes faster than what I had run on Thursday and is the fastest pace I have ever run in a race. I can run that fast for about a mile or so, but have never been able to keep it up for longer than that.
It's 12 hours later and I'm still on a high from that race. I am just in awe of myself. It's so amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Remember when I ran my first ever 5k last summer? Well, this course is basically the same as that one and I killed my 5k time from that race today. Heads up Colon Screening for Life, it's on!