So it was a nice little runniversary celebration today to go out and run a 5K. Even better? I PR'd by more than two minutes from last summer's 25:59 PR with a time of 23:53! My 5K goal for this year was to run a sub-24 minute race. I guess I underestimated myself because I thought it would take all summer to get there and I hit it on the first race. So, I suppose I need to adjust my goals accordingly (maybe a sub-23 minute 5K is what I should be shooting for?).
Since it's been so long since I've run a 5K and my racing life has consisted mostly of long races over the past several months, I got a little lax in my pre-race prep and must have eaten something (not sure what) that disagreed with me on Friday because I spent Friday evening feeling like someone had punched me in the stomach, popping Pepto like candy, and hoping the feeling would go away while I slept. It mostly did, but I was tired and queasy this morning. If I had not had a race this morning, I would have pulled the covers up over my head when the alarm went off, and stayed in bed for a few more hours. But, as any runner can tell you, running is just as much mental as it is physical. And I had goals of PR'ing today, so I got up and got myself to the race.
And despite not feeling 100 percent, I managed to pep talk myself into a PR and convince my legs to keep moving when I really just wanted to stop, and I feel like I actually raced this course today instead of just running.
As for the course, it's a typical Charlotte course, with some small rolling inclines and one bigger hill in mile one. The best thing about this course, though, is the downhill finish in the last 3/4 mile. It is amazing, especially after so many races here with uphill finishes. I'm sure it's also helpful that I no longer run in those awful, horrible, ill-fitting sneakers from my first run, and have proper running shoes after getting fitted at a local running store.
And I usually don't mention the race shirts they give out, but this one is particularly nice. I know a lot of runners get all excited when they give out tech t-shirts (or women's t-shirts instead of one-gender-fits-all), but this race gave out super soft (and slouchy!) grey American Apparel t-shirts with artwork designed by students at Central Piedmont Community College (the college was the beneficiary for the race, too). So I finally have a race t-shirt I might actually wear when I'm not sleeping or running. Good stuff. Other races, take note!
Sorry for the lack of actual event pictures here. Usually I'm a little more camera happy, but the only decent picture I got at the race was of Dave coming in at the finish line. He ran his second 5K today and PR'd by more than two minutes! I'd say that's worth a picture, right?