I will say, first thing, that I did not have high hopes for my performance at the Trek the Trails 5K in McKinney this past weekend. Some kind of head cold had dragged me down and I had not run for about 4 days when race day rolled around. I still had a good bit of congestion and just was not feeling on top of my game. But, like a good runner (who had paid her entry fee!), I made the journey up to McKinney on the morning of April 19 and lined up with all the other runners.
As far as races go, it was a fairly small one. The race’s web page had said the start time was 8 a.m., but that was really for the handful of people running the half marathon. Since I didn’t have anything else to do while waiting, I snapped a photo of them taking off:
Then it was time for our race. I found the course to be fast and flat, and the weather pleasantly breezy, but my feet felt like lead and it was a struggle to keep an 8:00 pace. I cursed all of those times that I trained at an easy 9:30 or 10:00 pace and decided right then and there to start speed work ASAP. Sometime after mile 2, I ended up stopping and walking for about 20 seconds, because my body was just worn out and I needed a brief respite.
But something interesting happened in the last two-tenths of a mile. My head was telling me to slow down, but I knew I was doing OK. So I started to pick up the pace. The slightly faster pace felt all right, so I took it up a few more notches. I picked off a handful of runners that were a few paces ahead of me. Usually, I am the one being picked off, so this was HUGE for me. I ended up crossing the finish line doing something like 7:30. Wow!
My end time was 25:52, about 40 seconds slower than my last 5K two weeks prior, but I gave myself a pass since I had been sick. So I was really blown away when I checked out the results and saw that I had placed first in the 35-39 age group!
Given the fairly-fast-but-not-quite-competitive pace that I run at, awards are a hit-or-miss thing for me. So this was a really nice surprise. While waiting for the awards to be handed out, I managed to meet up with some fellow members of the local chapter of Moms RUN This Town. I have only run with this group once so far, but they are terrific ladies. I had never met the fellow group members who came to the race, but introduced myself anyway and they didn’t even think I was a weirdo. (At least, I don’t think they did!) They even took a pic of me with my participation medal (which everyone got) and the age group award:
After the race, I immediately went home and fetched my kids, met some friends at the park, went to the farmer’s market, and then came home and cleaned up just in time to catch an FC Dallas game in Frisco. When my hair is clean, it makes all the difference in the world, I think.
I then got up Sunday morning and did some serious working out…but that’s a post for another day. Have a good week!
Trek the Trails 5K, McKinney
April 19, 2014
Avg pace: 8:21