I went to bed last night all stuffed up. Allergies? Cold? I think it was allergies, but I waited too long to get the Singular in my system so I was not feeling so hot. I woke up really dried out and foggy feeling, but overall I felt good. This would be my first Paleo style breakfast before a race. Albeit it was only a 5k, but I am so used to fueling up on oatmeal before a race I felt weird making 2 eggs with spinach and 2 almond flour pancakes with almond butter and half an apple. It was tasty, but I was still a bit skeptical. Andi and I warmed up for a good 15 or so minutes before the race began. I felt a bit light headed. Breakfast was at 7:30am and the race was to begin at 9:35am. Perfect if this was a long run or race. I did not even think to bring a GU or a swig of sports drink ( Paleo way says it’s OK!) I just decided to run anyway…ha! I didn’t have any real strategy going into the race, besides doing better than my first 5k of the year. I also wanted to have negative splits if possible….
mile 1– 7:43 I felt good. I did not want to start off to fast and then lose steam, but I also did not want to be too conservative. I think this was just right for me today.
mile 2– 8:05 Dang it!! I tried to blame it on a hill, but it was so minute that I really can’t. I felt a bit defeated already and I still had more race to run.
mile 3– 7:46 I am semi happy with my finish. I am still trying to figure out when to “kick”. I think I could have easily ( OK, maybe not so easily) run a 7:30 or better here. Yes, I truly believe that.
mile. 1– :38 I usually pass a lot of people at the end and there was only 1 woman here, so I passed her. She had a tutu on!
Here is the low down:
Chip Time: 24:13
Overall place: 164/1671
Gender place: 163/1620
Division place: 22/302
Total pace: 7:49
The overall female winner scored a 16:42. That is crazy fast. Overall I think I ran a good race. I always know there is room for improvement and even as I type I am wondering when the next 5k race is. (That’s a good sign!) It’s my least favorite distance to run, but I am up for the challenge!