Mike signed us up for two 5Ks for the rest of the year, before we decided to run two races on Thanksgiving day, and today was the East Avenue Grocery Run 5K. I didn't really have any expectations for the race other than that I wanted to PR.
Last night we hung out with our friends Amber and Greg and we didn't get to bed until 11pm.
This morning we woke up and got ready to run. It has been really cold in Rochester so I wore a long sleeve shirt and capris. I was definitely warm enough once I started running!
Mike and I arrived at the start location with about 20 minutes to spare. We met up with two of my friends, Dylan and Ken, and quickly used the bathroom one last time. After a photo, it was time to line up for the start.
Ready to race
The four of us lined up pretty close to the front, but in hindsight we should have been even closer. Mike spotted our friend Laura and went over to say hi to her quickly. He also saw one of his co-workers and ended up lining up near him prior to the start.
At 8:15am we were off! Mike took off right away and I just tried not to run into anyone. There were a lot of people and it was bunched up in the beginning so I had to do some dodging and weaving. I almost crushed one woman's iPod because she had dropped it 5 seconds into the race. This is why it is better to run without music everyone.
I noticed that Dylan and Ken had caught up to me as we were rounding the first corner, and then Dylan took off. He had admitted that one of his goals was to beat me, which I was pretty sure he was going to!
Ken and I ran next to each other for about the first mile and a half before I pulled away from him slightly. I tried to learn from my mistakes at Run for the Young and didn't go out too fast. My first mile came in at 7:56.
As I started the second mile my pace was at 7:40 but it started to climb as I began to get out of breath. For some reason I was pretty winded and I figured it was due to the weather. The course winded through the streets of downtown Rochester and we passed a few of the same spots multiple times.
I started to think that there wasn't going to be a water stop and then right around 2 miles a volunteer announced that water was just ahead. My watch hit 8:27 right around the time I grabbed some water.
I was so happy that it was only a 5K at this point and I tried to just keep up the pace. I knew that it was going to be close and as I turned the final corner (which I didn't realize at the time) I just focused on putting one foot in front of the other.
Eventually I realized I was on East Ave, where the finish line was located, and I pushed it as much as I could. Mile 3 came in at 8:31.
Right before the finish, I saw Mike and Laura cheering me on. I could see the clock at the finish line counting up, 25:35, 25:36, 25:37... and I gave it all I could. As I crossed the finish line, I stopped my watch and it said 25:50. I knew that I most likely PR'd but I wasn't sure by how much.
In the end my time was 25:48, which is a 5 second PR, and I am really happy with that considering we haven't done any speed work lately.
Mike at the finish, photo courtesy of Jeff Sprague
Mike CRUSHED his former PR by 45 seconds and came in at 22:33.
After I got some water and found Mike, Laura and Dylan we saw Ken cross the finish line. Dylan and Ken ran amazing races as well finishing in 24:51 and 27:27, respectively. Dylan accomplished his two goals: run a sub-25 5K and beat me.
After getting some food, checking our times and chatting for a little while, Mike and I changed our clothes and headed out to spectate a trail race. But that's a story for another day.
Two PR's in two weeks, I'll take it!
Did you race today? How did it go?