That was my mindset for this race. Last year was the inaugural race and I had paired it with my long run of the week. So, I ran an extra 6 miles and then tacked on this race at the end. The race is a fundraiser for my school's cross country teams. They always have some decent teams with some exceptional coaches (one is a BQer that finished in the top 75 last year, the other is considered one of the top female runners in the state). It's a small race, but it's a lot of fun. Here's my criteria for me to qualify it as a race:
- A t-shirt - CHECK
- Bib number - CHECK
This is one of the very few races where I line up at the front. At the sound of "go", we were off. It's a pretty flat route, so I knew that my Balls Out strategy was going to work. Sure enough, I looked down at my Garmin and it read "6:43" for pace. Hmmm, might want to dial it down a notch. I settled into a relatively comfortable pace until Spanish Teacher sidled up next to me. He eventually passed me and I managed to maintain my 250 yard distance behind him throughout the race. He was incorporating the walk/run strategy and he stopped at the one and only drink station twice and I still couldn't catch him. DAMNIT!
When all was said and done, I had to "settle" for a 5K PR and 2nd in the High School Teacher division, though. I destroyed my old PR by about 45 seconds! Wow, those supplements from the Red Sox clubhouse are paying off.
Finishing Time - 23:27
*A BIG congrats to Jess who went to the hospital yesterday to have their baby! Jump over to her website to congratulate her!