I ran my first 5k this past Wednesday on July 4th — yep, this endurance runner put on his speedy shoes and gave it a go. As you can see above, I had the best cheerleader clapping for me. It was the first time she has ever come to see her daddy race. Talk about pressure. It was a big moment for me, and I like to think she enjoyed it as well. She even wore her crab shirt. I tell her to be sneaky and grab things from the side… like a crab. Gotta teach her the important things, ya know.
Okay, now onto the race. Here was my strategy:
- Mile 1: Keep it around a 7:30 pace. This is reasonably quick for me, but not a go-speed-racer-crazy-and-burn-out-early kinda pace
- Mile 2: Faster than mile 1, but not pedal to the medal… yet.
- Mile 3: Broken up into 2 parts. Run the first half pretty darn hard. Run the second half with everything I have left.
- .10 — sprint your ass off!
Final time was 22.45 (7:24, 7:21, 7:08, (.10 mile) 6:17)
I pretty much hit all the goals. I might have been able to shave off 5-10 seconds off the second mile, but I did take a quick sip of water at the half way point. Either way, I’m excited that I was able to run a solid race and all of your pre-race tips really helped. I did a one mile warm up with lots of stretching and some sprints/strides to get the “fast” juices flowing. I placed 47/451 overall and 12/90 in my age group.