Because the race took place over an hour from my home, I had to go to bed quite early and got up before 4am. I got to the high school at 6:15 am to pick up my race bib and packet. I walked a bit and then went back to the car to get ready. It was warm enough to go with short sleeves and shorts and, luckily, the rain held off.
At the start area, I saw Megan from Watch Mego Runfor the second straight week. As we currently run at a similar pace, I would see her a couple more times during the race. I didn't see the other area run bloggers (it was a big race with over 1000 people), but hope they did well.
I started out a little fast, but intentionally so. I figured if I felt good, I would try to maintain an 8:40 min/mi pace, which, if I could maintain it, would get me a 1:54 race time. I actually was right on it for about 9 miles. The last 3-4 miles were tough, mostly because of sore legs. While they were sore, they kept moving. So, how did I do?
I set a PR by over 8 minutes and beat my "Gold Medal" goal by finishing in 1:56:36. Overall, I am very happy with the race and the result!
Three races with 3 PRs this year so far. I feel like I'm really making some progress on the way to the goals I set for 2012.
So... what's next? I don't have any races on the schedule at the moment. I want to do another 5k, because it is still my "favorite" distance and because I think my 5k PR is soft (I know I mentioned race times a lot in this post. It isn't "all that matters", but one of the main reasons I train is to improve). There are a lot of 5k opportunities - the most interesting being the Big House, Big Heart race at Michigan Stadium. I'm also considering another half marathon - possibly the "Lets Move" one in 4 weeks in Macomb County.
Have you raced this year? If so, how did it go
Is just running reward enough, or do you need "results"?
How do you pick races to run?