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Fast & Flurry-ous 5k race report. No pics but a PR!!! (Read 76 times)


Jess runs for bacon

    So a little background: my fastest 5k was from May, 33:30. I beat it by one second accidentally during a 10k in October, so you think I could have beaten it by now. I've only raced one 5k since that 10k, and I was fully expecting to PR that one. Instead, I was a minute slower, a combination of lots of people in my way (it was a Turkey Trot) and some nasty hills.


    So today I was really hoping for a PR. I've been pretty miserable the past two weeks from low mileage and persistent ITB issues. I can manage 3 miles most of the time though, and it doesn't hurt as bad if I run quickly. I grabbed a coffee from DD and played some pump music on the way to the race to get the adrenaline going.


    we had a 9am start. It was 20 degrees but it was actually nice: no wind at all and the sun was shining. I saw daisymae in the corral and said hi to her, then we were off. I knew this course would be mostly flat so I really tried to push it. My first surprise was looking down at my watch right in the beginning and seeing 8:30 pace. This is incredibly fast for me, but it didn't feel hard. Still, I reigned myself back.


    mile 1: 9:51. No idea. I used my Garmin's virtual pacer for the first time set at 10:45 (which would have gotten me a PR) and it kept squawking at me that I was ahead of pace. I tried to slow down a bit but I was feeling good so I mostly rolled with it. By the way this is my fastest mile ever.


    Mile 2: 10:08 some hills here, but the slowest pace I had was my goal pace, and that was up the hills. I'd relax on the way up and pick up speed back down.


    Mile 3: 10:08. One last hill and then downhill and flat. I knew at that point I would PR and let the adrenaline take over.


    .05: 35 seconds. Didn't See this until after, but yeah, course was short. The if ish line was in a parking lot so I told myself to sprint the second I hit the lot. I kind of feel bad because I zoomed by some other girl but it felt good.


    Then I saw the clock: 30:27. A PR by three minutes!!!!! I had no idea that I would do that well. if the course hadn't been short it would probably have been around 31, but that's still a huge PR. i guess sub 30 is closer than I thought!!


    quite a few people PRed on this one today. Great race conditions. My hip kills right now but so worth it Smile Thanks for reading!



      Awesome job, lilac!   And this was under less then stellar conditions.   Take care of that hip and enjoy your new PR!


      "We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don’t like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. "  ---- Shasta Nelson


        Great job lilac, you should be so happy.  Well deserved PR and awesome negative splits run like a pro too!


          Great job.  Sub-30 is definitely in your future.

          Life is good.

            Congrats on the PR, that's a nice improvement.


            Go figure

              Great work!  Any time you can set a PR in the middle of winter you have to feel really good about your training and the potential for a great season of racing.  Just make sure you take care of your body and get rid of those niggling injuries.  As others mentioned, great job pacing and being smart about pulling back a little in that first mile.  Congrats.

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              delicate flower

                Great job, lilac!  Nice even pace, too!  Way to rock it.


                YAYpril - B-Plus

                  Congrats, Jess! I am so proud of you. Smile


                  Barking Mad To Run

                    Yay!  Congrats on your new PR, way to go!

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                    Squidward Bike Rider

                      Great job, Jess, and great seeing you today!  It was a great day for a PR...take care of that ITB!  Smile


                      hop, hop, hop...

                        W00t! Congrats on the shiny new PR!

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                          Congratulations on running it so well.

                          Bad Ass

                            Congrats on the huge PR!  Very happy for you.



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                            Jess runs for bacon

                              Thanks everyone! Obviously I am super stoked Smile Daisymae congrats to you as well on your awesome PR!!!




                                A three freaking minute PR in a 5K, despite all the IT band stuff you've been battling?  How amazing are you????  The first mile, being a PB mile to boot????  Awesome!  You even had gas to sprint in at the end.  I know the course was a hair short, but clearly you know now that you have gotten tons faster.  You are SO going sub-30:00 in Spring, girly!!!  Congratulations!