Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
This is my race recap for the 8th annual Operating Changing Lives 5k race. I absolutely love this event it's one of my favorites. It benefits such a great cause and just has a positive feeling to it. It also just happens to be in one of my favorite places ever- the beautiful Ponce Inlet, FL. Last year I PRed here with a time of 22:39 (first time in the 22-minute range).
The weather was great for a race (low humidity and cool but not cold). My training for the week had been pretty decent, so I chose a goal of under 20:50.
I wanted to start out with a faster than usual the first mile to see if I could keep up the pace, but that didn't happen. I just wasn't feeling particularly quick and only stayed with my regular first-mile pace.
I wasn't especially happy with the way this was going, so I focused on trying to speed up for the second mile. I got passed around the turnaround but was able to regain my lead after a while.
I remembered from last year the last half a mile or so was on a dirt road. I actually enjoyed this part since I was prepared for it and looked at it as a trail race warm up.
I had been training with sprinting at the end of every practice run because it heard it helps to push yourself when you're exhausted at the end of a tough, training run. I believe this training has helped me to push myself at the end of races when I feel like I have nothing left in the tank. I was pretty satisfied with my race and my overall time. I know that if I keep up my training, I will break 20 minutes in time.
The awards are always these cool tiles made by the children of a local elementary school. I got this cute tile along with some sunglasses for winning overall female. This was such a happy race for me, and I feel like I'm at a good place with my running.
Overall: 5th out of 174
1st Place Overall Female