I ran this race back in 2016 when I was focusing on short distance running and speed. It was the first time I broke 27 minutes in a 5k and one of the first times I ever made it on the podium. I was excited to run it again, but I knew I was nowhere near in the shape I had been the first time I'd run it. When we drove to packet pickup on Friday night, I had pretty bad nerves.
|I was so nervous, I almost couldn't enjoy my pre-race sushi dinner...almost.|
|The race started at 8am; our saving grace was that it was still partially-cloudy until about 8:30.|
During most of mile 2, I felt strong but was starting to struggle by the end of it. The humidity was making it very hard to breathe, and my whole body felt heavy and tired. It was weird, because my legs felt great and fresh, but my body felt like such a burden to carry!
When my watch buzzed at mile 3, I thought for sure I was going to beat 28:00; imagine my surprise and disappointment when the last .1 felt long and the time on the clock was slower than my last 5k, which had included that stupid bridge.
|My biggest regret for this race is that I didn't have a stronger finish, but I just couldn't get my legs to turn over any faster.|
|Jenna, Wendy, me, Bonnie, and Elaine. I saw a couple other women in Skirt, too!|
|I saw Montana, who was working the Fit 2 Run tent and had run the race, too.|
|Matt and me post-race, pre-awards.|
|You can see his amazing paddle time made up for some time lost on the run.|
|My actual 5k time based on Strava's analytics.|