Have you ever had one of those races where leading up to it you were like “Ugh, why did I sign up for this? It is the bane of my existence; the last thing I want to do is run in it!”
Well, that was how I felt about this race. And all I wanted to do was not show up, but I said to myself, “Sarah, come on, it’s 3.1 miles. Stop being such a little baby, suck it up, and get it done.” (I give it to myself straight).
You know what, it seems to be a theme of this blog that I don’t want to do something, I force myself to do it, and then I realize how much I enjoyed doing it.
So, not to give anything away or anything but I FREAKING PR’ed at this race.
I went into this race not really expecting anything but a really cool-looking tech tee.
Pretty great, right?
All I was expecting/hoping for from this race was to finish under 30 minutes which I still thought might be a stretch since my legs felt so slow on Friday.
It really helped that I ran this same race/course last year so I knew exactly what to expect. It was a flat out and back through some parking lots at the Navy Yard.
I kinda like an out and back because you know exactly what’s coming the second half of the race. Also, I get to see the front-runners pass me, which I think is cool and I always cheer them along!
Yes, I know that I have said that I don’t like races in parking lots because they are a snore-fest, but I love the Rescue Run’s mission- help get all the puppies/kittens/animals adopted! Also, there were two bands along the course, which I think is pretty big-time for an average (not expensive/gimick-y) race.
Just like last year, the first mile felt fast. I looked at my watch and I ran the first mile in about 9 minutes. PS I ran this race with just my regular running watch, not my Garmin. It was weird but kinda nice to not know my exact pace at any moment.
The second mile, just like last year, felt like FOREVER. It was the kind of mile during a race where you start to think that you missed the mile marker, or you’re going to die.
The final mile felt fine, and I like that you can clearly see the finish line for a long time which helped to push me to the end.
I finished with an official time of 27:55 (9 min/mile pace) which is the fastest I’ve run in my adult years (I don’t count my HS PRs anymore because I’m not going to be running a 21:53 5k anytime soon!)
Sorry, no race photos in this pace 😦 my photographer/boyfriend wasn’t able to snap any. You can send your complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org
So what is the lesson, the same lesson that I have been learning over and over again?
Pushing myself outside of my “comfort zone” almost always pays off.
Out and back courses, what are your thoughts?