|Your's truly on the cover of Hermes 2012 Event Guide|
On race day we were blessed with sunny skies and no wind. It was a bit chilly, but otherwise perfect conditions for an early March race. I had no real goal going into this race other than running between 8:50-9 minute average pace. This was my first of two races this weekend and as hard as this race was. Sunday's 15K was much harder.
My race started with a half mile warm up. Then made my way to the start line with fellow #dirtyrunner and Ragnar teammate Jill Earle. This is a large race and this year had a great turnout of over 2,500 runners.
|The elevation chart does not do this course justice.|
The start was jammed and I was walled in with walkers. I had no where to go and had to walk to the first corner. Fortunately, I was able to clear them by the first bridge and hit the sidewalk to make up the time lost. I was through the first mile in 8:20. At this point I began to relax a little and decided to run slightly above comfortable. Mile 2 passed by and BOOM! 7:25 I was shocked. This was the easy portion of the course, but I was feeling great and continued on. Mile 3 was 8:02...WOW! I was way ahead of my goal pace. Even better than my 5K pace. I have never ran 5 miles below 40 minutes and decided to see if I could hang on. I made it through mile 4 losing a little time on the next climb. Mile 5 consisted of a short steep climb followed by a long climb over a bride. I kept telling myself if I could crest the bridge at 37:00, that I could make it. I tried to climb it as fast as I could and it felt like my heart was going to fly out of my chest. I don't remember what my time was at the top, but I tried to recover on my way down. Thankfully, I caught my breath back and sprinted to the finish. There was a lot of runner traffic. So I had to take the next 2 turns wide. Sprinting to the finish I made it in 40:04.89 for an average pace of 8:01.
Not only was I shocked to 5 miles so quickly (my 5K PR is 8:00 pace), but to do it on that course was amazing. I PR'd my 5 mile race by 1:56!! Hermes had a post race party at McCarthy's bar. It was a great time celebrating everyone's PR's with Summer Shandy!! Yes, Summer Shandy is out here. Just in time for the race season.
|The Sunday run crew and fellow Ragnar teammates Jessica, Ryan, and Kristy|
|Celebrating with Jill and Pam.|
|A PR party isn't a PR party unless you have Shandy!!|