HOWARD COUNTY POLICE PACE 5K
September 13, 2009 (Sunday)
ROAD RACE: 3.1 MILES (5K)
ELLICOTT CITY, MD
I run on Thursdays with my local running club in a fall program called G.I.R.L. (Get Inspired to Run for Life). Last year I was in the run/walk group. This year, to challenge myself I went in the running group. I have ran several 5Ks, one 10K and even a half marathon. I ran/walk each one. I feel like I should be able to run a 5K nonstop but I never have. I think itís mental and I always feel like I need a walk break. So this past Thursday was the beginning of the program and we were scheduled to do a 2 mile run. My group pacer was at the back with us slow runners. I know my speed and I knew we went past 2 miles and so we ended up at 2.5 miles. We ran nonstop mostly because I didnít want to seem like a whip and the lady next to me apparently felt the same (she told me later). After my slow but brilliant performance (for me at least), I felt so good. Then everyone said we should do the Police Pace 5K today. I relented and signed up that night. My body was tired because I swam about half mile in my swim workout that morning and ran 4 miles (run/walk) the day before.
Because of Thursdayís run I felt really confident and prepared for this race. I was nervous and happy at the same time and anxious to see if I could repeat the same performance. I ran into a neighbor at the start and we decided to run together and keep each other moving. The race began on a short uphill, then a downhill. The rest of the course had a small area of flat but mostly rolling hills around the lake. I didnít care about my time, I knew it would be slower than my last 5K of 43:31.
I TOOK MY FIRST WALK BREAK AT THE FINISH LINE!!
Bib# - 778
Time - 44:21.25 unofficial (? I ran past the clock at 44:01)
Overall place: 722 out of 743