This weekend, I ran in the Home for the Holidays 5K. This was the first year of this run and proceeds went to built a home for a family in need.
When I got up Saturday, it was already in the 60s. I went to the race in a tank and shorts and wore my dri-fit Nike hat because of the off and on rain.
My goal for this race was to have fun and if I could, finish in under 20 minutes. For some reason, the sub-20 minute 5K in a race eludes me. I can run it in my neighborhood, on another course and on my treadmill (where I've gotten below 19), but for some reason, I hoover right about the 20 minute mark in races. I don't know if it's because I psych myself out or if I hold back too long or start off too fast. Regardless, it's driving me nuts and one day I'm going to break it in a race.
The race started off great. About half a mile in, it really started to rain. I was glad I had my hat at that point. There was also a 10K which led to some confusion on the course. The course was the same as another big local race, but the markings weren't easy to read. I was running with a friend who was running the 10K and when he didn't break off where I thought the 10K broke off, I, along with some others, got confused. I ended up losing 20 or 30 seconds at this point. Due to this and the super wet roads, I didn't expect to get sub-20, but didn't want a lousy run either (I had one on this course last month with my slowest race time in a year or so).
I ended up finishing in 20:50 which I was really happy with considering the rain and the mixup on direction. I was first female and third overall.
The boys had fun watching a train after the race and Kaden was super excited about the hot chocolate and candy cane that came in my winner's mug!
What motivates you to break your running goals?
Labels: 5K, running