Saturday was Run the Pointe, a small 10k/5k to support the local high school athletic booster. My original plans were to run to/from the race for an extra 4 miles to make 10 miles for the day. That plan changed to not running extra miles and changing to the 5k. I don’t race too many 5k anymore. Maybe 2 a year. I will almost always opt for the 10k race if there is one.
So before the gun start, I was planning to just take it easy. A coworker at the start with me asked my goal, and I told him “just under 30.” I didn’t have a watch on me, so I was never certain on how fast I was going, but I figured I was in the 8:30 range. It didn’t feel easy, but I also decided against any speed strides – a tool I often use in short races to help cut my time.
I was shocked, to say the least when I caught sight of the finish clock. No way it was reading 23 minutes, but it was and it jumped to 24:00 with about 50m from the finish. I was a little off in my pace estimate; just by 44 seconds or so.
Official Chip time: 24:04!
Good enough for an age group award? Nope. I placed 6/7, but get this: my age group was 18-39! That’s quite a spread. And being it was a fundraiser for the high school, my age group was basically the varsity >-CC-> team.
Like I said, this was a new PR for me. My previous best was from this past March, when I ran a 25:25 – a minute faster than a year before. So in the past 6 months, I dropped my 5k time by 1:20 and 2:30 in the past 18 months. I’ll reach terminal velocity soon enough, and I don’t believe it’s anywhere near my cross-country days. I would have to cut another 45-60 seconds off my pace.
Free Press Marathon is 6 days away. My ankle is almost back to 100%. I have a nice easy (for running, anyway) week ahead of me until then.