I got in around a 3.25 mile warmup with part of it being a run down the course and then back up. It was a nice gradual downhill most of the way. As I was running back up to the start, I was running a little short on time. I had to push the pace a bit to get back to my car, have my gu, change into my racing flats, and wait in one of two very slow moving bathroom lines. After waiting for 10+ minutes in a bathroom line, it was a couple minutes to the start and so everyone in the line bailed and ran to the start. I wish I hadn't wasted all that time in line when I could have been doing some strides/jogging some more.
I wasn't quite sure where to line up. There were a lot of fast guys and girls there. In the end, 3 guys went under 4 and 4 women were under 4:45. I ended up lining up 4-5 rows back, behind several faster looking people, but ahead of the really small children and next to a fast looking 12 year old and some guys that were probably around my speed.
The gun went off and my legs just didn't turnover as fast as I wanted. Several people ran past me and I just kept trying to convince my legs to move. After 300 meters or so I started passing a lot of people that started out too fast (a problem I don't have in a race this short). I never felt like I was moving very fast, I was just going along with the flow of the crowd, which was fun! I passed a traffic light in the middle of the course at 3:15 which I knew was probably around 650m or less to go. Not long after this a woman (a coach I'm guessing) started screaming from the sidelines and then I heard her jump into the race behind me and keep screaming at a woman behind me. She ran at least a quarter mile with the woman until 100m or so to go (after they had passed me) when she jumped off the course. I got a little distracted by it. I probably should have focused ahead on keeping contact with the high school and junior high girls ahead of me and letting them pull me to a faster time instead of letting that distract me.
I finished with a gun time of 5:33 and a chip time of 5:31.5 and 17th overall female and 9th in the 20-39 age group. A little better time than I expected so I'm happy with it.
It was really fun because it was over so quick. I don't have the leg speed yet to really hurt in a mile, so once I got to the finish I felt like I could have run another mile at the same pace. At least that's what I like to tell myself :) I'd like to do another mile race after I am in a little speedier shape. There is one next Wednesday in Boulder, but that doesn't give me time to get in shape. After that I only know of 1500's on the track, so I may just do one of those. I definitely liked the feel of the road mile with all the people around.
|Looking cool and calm heading to the finish.|
|And then the ugly pain face going to the finish. Maybe I couldn't have run another mile after all :)|