I’ve been wanting to switch it up on the races this year. I skipped Throo The Zoo last weekend. I’m glad I did because the runners got soaked in the rain!
I’m always mindful of my running budget too. A $20 entry fee is a no brainer if it’s an event I want to do. People often ask me, “Do you have to pay to run those races?” They begin to understand when I explain the race swag, food, beverages, shirts, medals and overtime for police escorts.
After my last two races being half marathons, I wanted to do a speed trial and attempt a personal record. I only told a handful of people about my PR goal and I thought about the accountability I owed to them all. Sometimes I share goals, and other times I do not.
Packet pickup was at Ken Combs Running Store. I have never been there and I was impressed with the variety of merchandise. The St.Matthews Street Festival 5k race shirt was a nice change from the typical neon colors.
Race morning weather called for low winds, partly sunny, low humidity and 48° at the race start. Perfect!
The St.Matthews Baptist Church parking lot had plenty of spaces available when I arrived about 15 minutes before start. There were signs leading to the restrooms inside the church. I took a look around and it’s a place I would like to visit for service.
Around 7:55, we were told to head towards the start line. I jumped about 3 rows back from the timing mat. I spoke to Lynn Reidling who I totally admire. At the age of 52, she places overall 1st for nearly every 5k in the area.
At 8:00, we were told there was a wiring problem with the mat and the start would be delayed for a minute or two. I was glad because my Garmin was taking forever to get a signal. Some runners did run ups but I was warmed up from a light jog around the church.
8:03 is the time we started and I got a gps signal. Perfect timing.
I felt strong at the start as I took my first turn. I passed Lynn but I knew the lead would be short lived. She has a short stride and swings her arms low around her belly button. Regardless of her style, Lynn gets down! Needless to say, she passed me in a half mile.
Lynn’s fast feet didn’t damper my spirit. I did a double take when I saw 6:34 for my first mile split.
The course followed a residential route and there was a water stop at the half way point. We had several elevation changes on this short course.
Mile 2 took forever to reach. My Garmin finally beeped at a 7:22 split. I knew I had to hold tight for a PR. I thought about the work I do in spinning as I owned the last hill.
I was passed by 5 guys and I was OK with that. A volunteer announced: #3 Woman!
I thanked her and I saw 2.65 on my Garmin. I thought about the 8.0 speed I finish my treadmill runs with, and I knew I had it in me to slay this last half of mile.
I was looking for the street Grandview. Where is Grandview?
I make a turn and I see the church! 21 minutes and some change was on the digital clock. I sprinted to the finish as I showed no mercy towards 3 of the 5 guys from earlier.
My previous record was 21:52 set in December 2013 down in Florida.
I am so happy to report my official results!
PR of 21:35
Age group place: #1
Women’s Division: #3
Overall place: #33/259
A 32 yr old mother placed 1st with a 19:06 time. She didn’t stick around for awards because she had to take her child to t ball practice.
Lynn finished at 20:45. She came over to congratulate me on my fast start and compliment my form. Those words meant a lot coming from someone with so much pizazz. Lynn runs marathons also, so 5k isn’t her only specialty.
I needed this PR as a confidence booster and to remind myself that I am fast. I can and will get faster. I plan to transfer this speed to a faster pace in the longer distances.
Speed work, hill work, more weights, cleaner eating, continuing to spin, yoga and plenty of rest is the regimen I will follow.