On Saturday the high school I attended held a 5k to raise money for their athletics program. I don’t run many 5k’s, but with the Monument Avenue 10k a mere three weeks away, I figured I could use it as a practice race as well as a chance to do some speed work. Plus, the school’s athletics program is definitely a cause that I support! (I ran cross country and track in high school.) I talked my brother into running with me, as he is training for the same 10k and also benefited from this school’s athletics program.
It was quite chilly standing around before the race started, but once we started running we warmed up pretty quickly. I honestly didn’t know what to expect in terms of how fast I could finish the race–the last 5k I ran was almost a year ago–but I decided to aim for an 8-minute mile pace. Unfortunately, my Garmin watch broke that morning as I was putting it on, so rather than knowing my minute-by-minute pace, I had to rely on a regular stopwatch and how I felt (I know… horrible.)
Has anyone had a Garmin break like this before? The rubber holding the metal piece just tore, so there was no way I could wear it! Does anyone know if Garmin can/will replace that segment of the watch? I was pretty bummed.
The course itself was a nice trip down memory lane–we ran through the neighborhoods by the school where we used to do our cross country practice runs. Ross and I maintained a steady, but quick pace, and judging by the mile-markers, we determined we were running just faster than goal pace.
As we emerged from the neighborhood and approached the school grounds (probably a quarter mile from the finish), we gradually passed two high school girls. Moments later they passed us, having clearly picked up speed and decided we were their “don’t let them beat us” people (Runners, you know what I’m talking about.) Ross, sensing a challenge and being competitive to his core, asked if he could take off toward the finish. He passed the girls quickly, and I was not far behind. I heard them mumble something as Ross passed, and then again as I did. Sorry, girls. 😀
My official time was 23:47–a personal best for me! (Hey, I said I ran cross country in high school… I didn’t say I ran it well.) My average mile pace was 7:40, and of that I am pretty dang proud.
The race provided some good quality time with the bro, boosted my confidence for the upcoming 10k, and made for a generally pleasant morning. I just may incorporate more 5k’s into my life from here on out. 🙂
Do you run 5ks regularly? What is your favorite race distance?