Eyes on the Unlikely Prize
So I decided somewhat spur-of-the-moment to run a 5K yesterday morning. Hubs was out-of-town, I needed to get a run in that day anyway, and I figured a race would be the most fun way to do it. I found one about 15 minutes from my house and laced up my running shoes.
It was a pretty small race….probably about 200 people, and the course was a down-and-back sort of thing with some rolling hills, but nothing crazy like running in downtown Nashville. I normally try to pace myself well, but when I realized I’d run the first mile in about 9 minutes (fast for me) and that there were only 10 women in front of me, I decided to turn it up a notch and try to set a personal record. All was going well and I was totally on track to beat my own time when of course I took a wrong turn near the very end and had to backtrack, costing me about 3 minutes. My official clock time was 35:14. I was super disappointed at not setting a personal record, but I knew I’d finished 12th overall out of women (I’d counted carefully….so competitive) and so I decided to stick around for the awards just to see.
When they called out the winner of “Women 20-29” I was amazed to hear my name! I won a certificate and an iTunes gift card which I’m treasuring on account of the fact that I have a feeling this will be my one and only win in the racing department…..EVER….(and to be fair, my time wasn’t great and I lucked out by having a small age division of only about 15 women, who all happened to run slower than I did yesterday)….but I was on cloud nine all day long anyway. Especially after the disappointing running-the-wrong-way mishap, it was nice to come away with the win!
Also in the wide world of sports, Triathlon training officially starts tomorrow! I’m once again using a Hal Higdon program (Triathlon 1) because his training programs are so simple to follow and seem to work well and make sense. I did my first swim this weekend as well, although I think I look more like Amelia Earhart than an Olympian. It went better than it might have and I got some free coaching from a bored/helpful lifeguard….but I’ve got a long way to go before July 22!
***UPDATE: You can view the official 5K race results online HERE. Looks like I only won my age-group by a second! Crazy!