The race starts in Lynch Park in Beverly, MA one of our favorite spots just to hang out and watch the sun set. Although, this day we were there at 8:30 AM.
I have said it once and I will say it again... I am a slow runner, but in 2012 this race was my 5K PR (33:38.2)! My plan was to beat my PR from last year.
Gavin and I decided to get Cliff Bars and Gatorade Prime Fuel drink. Not going to lie, I think Gatorade is onto something.
The biggest thing that probably helped me pace myself was running with a friend of mine, Karen. She started me out at a really nice pace and I was able to keep that momentum going throughout the race.
I am not a big fan of stopping at hydration stations when I am doing less than 5 miles... I don't like stopping at all really, even for the 9K I did 2 years ago I just powered on through. Karen stopped at the first Gatorade station and I kept going... I know I am a terrible friend, but she was well aware I was on a mission for time.
I was able to find a few people that had a similar pace as much as they were not too keen on me tailing them (I don't really know that... but I just assumed that)
My pace splits per each half mile.
I had a bit of ipod trouble for the first part of the race... note to self, get that playing before they say go! Who knows if I had been able to get going at a faster pace then I might have been able to get a better PR. Or I would have not been able to finish as strong, as it was right after the 3rd mile marker I tried to give it more juice and wasn't able to keep it up. That might have had something to do with the obstacle of running through sand at the end.
I beat my 2012 PR 33:05.9, alright so not by a lot. I beat it! Not sure if I was on a high from beating it or I just trained well enough, but I felt great afterwards. Not to mention, shaving 2 minutes off my time from a month earlier was a huge bonus.
Slightly embarrassing post race photo...
Karen, Gavin and I post race! (I made the shirts)
Then we went out for beers, I like to get my antioxidants so mine was blueberry! (hope the sarcasm is apparent)