Well I finished my first 5k of the year and it was record breaking! 🙂
My friend Nicole met up with me before the race and we took some pre-race photos.
I was excited to sport my new Nike running hat. It rocked btw!
I also found J. Alabama in the crowd. He was running the race with his fellow ROTC’ers. Did I mention before that he really doesn’t like to take pictures. So that explains the serious face.
Here is the whole ROTC crew posing with Coach Pete pre-race.
Shortly after the pre-race photo session took place we took our places at the start and waiting for the count down begin. Once the race started it was a free-for-all. It was probably one of the most chaotic starts I have been involved in. Since this was a fun run there was no timing chips and no sense of organization between the runners. Just a crazed mad dash through campus.
I looked at my garmin and realized I was running waaaaaaaaaayyyy faster than my normal pace. But the wave of people kept me going at this fast pace until around mile 2. That was when I heard the ROTC formation yelling cadences at each other and creeping up on me. I knew I had already ran too fast in the first two miles but kept pushing it as long as possible. I knew J. Alabama and crew were right behind me.
Of course I didn’t want to be passed by the whole ROTC formation but J. Alabama happily waved at me and encouraged me to join into the formation. I loved the gesture but my steam was wearing out. I waved him on and tried to pace on behind them.
I kept going and was super excited to see the outside of Bronco Stadium. I knew the Blue SMURF Turf (BSU is known for it’s blue turf) was just inside and the finish line would be close. I looked down at garmina and saw that I was still under 30 minutes and I would make my secret goal of finishing a 5k under 30 if I just hoofed it a bit more.
I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I high fived Coach Pete and crossed that finish line at 29:39!!!!
My running splits:
- Mile 1: 9:16
- Mile 2: 9:37
- Mile 3: 10:14
- Mile 3 – 3.10: 7:32
Total Miles: 3.10 / 5k in 29:39 minutes!
I broke my own personal record of 31:32 from almost a year ago! I am so happy about the improvements I have made in my running. I was even more excited to see my 9 minute miles. That is a huge accomplishment for me.
Unfortunately it was not quite enough to beat the coach. 😦
We sadly sported our consolation prize of a t-shirt saying “I’ll Beat Pete Next Year!”.
There were roughly 1500 racer’s in Saturday’s race and about 500 actually beat Coach Pete. Pete finished in about 25:00 minutes this year. He generously donated $10.00 per racer that beat him instead of the original $5.00 he said he would give. What a good guy!
Do you write your finishing time on your race number? I started to after my last race and kind of like the visual to see where I have been and how I am improving. Though my goal of this race was ultimately to have fun. That’s why they call it a fun run, right?! 🙂