I honestly haven't "raced" a 5k in over a year, and I'd been eager to see what I was capable of, especially since I've gotten much faster since then. So although I haven't been training specifically for a 5k and haven't even been running much lately, I went ahead and added a local 5k to my race schedule. My PR was 27 minutes, so I knew I could at least set a new one without trying too hard. I recruited my super speedy coworker, Erin, to pace me (ha, a pacer for a 5k!) and decided my race plan would be to basically go balls to the walls and see what happened. Based on some of my recent times (especially my brick runs) I thought I might be able to average a 7:30 pace. I'd never really run that fast, except during speedwork, and didn't even really know what it would feel like. I needed a goal though, and this pace would give me a sub-24 finish, which I liked the sound of. And so, with this plan in mind, I lined up much closer than usual to the start line of the No Excuses 5k.
i tried to look like i belonged in the front...
check out my atrocious form!
dad and me after