I had similar goals for this race as I did for the last five-miler but a different approach. The past couple of races I’ve been sucked into the flow of the speedy rabbits at the front of the racers. I was determined to not be sucked into their powerful vortex this morning! The weather was fantastic – low 70s and not too humid. Before I knew it we were off………here’s my stream of consciousness: not too fast, stay close to 8 not 6, up the hill, relax and lean on downhills, focus, strong legs, pace is steady, stay with this group, it’s getting hard – don’t walk, sip of water, legs burning but go faster, my body is strong, great morning for a run, focus on the music, pace still steady, push a little and on and on for five miles.
My pace was steady – something I was quite pleased with. I can thank Gary, my Garmin watch for that – there’s no way I would have been able to manage a constant pace in my head with a regular watch. Here’s what he reports:
Check that out! Stayed mostly in the 7:00s (compare to my 6:00 – 8:00 range last time…) and improved my time by 24 seconds! I was quite pleased with beating myself AND that all the Pack members improved on their times as well – many by minutes! What a great morning for all!