(goals written pre-race)
*Run a pain free race. This is honestly the only goal I truly care about. If I have no hip pain, I know the time goals are 100% possible.
A) 22:xx Danielle and I both have a goal to hit in the 22's for the summer on a 5k. Why not do it out of the gate right? I know it's possible for me to get this time, I honestly don't know if it's possible in this race given the little speed work I was able to do post marathon pre-hip pain. We'll see!
B) 23:30 After reading through my race report from my PR race from last summer (yes my PR is almost a year old, no fun!) I was shooting for this time (7:30 pace), for that race. Since I didn't get it, why not shoot for it!
C) Sub 24. My current PR is 24:02. So. Darn. Close. I'd like to say adios to the 24's.
D) Place in the top 10 for women, and top 3 for my age group. If the field is as slim as last year, top 5 for women, and win my age group. Winners of age groups get gift certificates to my favorite running store in town...uh score!
Luckily a guy and his family pulled over, and he got to work helping me change my tire changing my tire. I paid insanely good attention, so next time it will not be as big of a crisis. After he got my spare tire on there, and lowered the car back down, we realized that the spare was very very low. As in, too low to drive on. So Mr. Savior jacked the car back up, put my tire in his vehicle, and drove it to the nearest gas station (probably 10 miles away) to fill up with air. Meanwhile I'm tweeting like a fool, and text Jenn to not bother to come to my race because I'm stuck on the side of the road and am not sure if I'm going to make it. She had ran a 10k at 8am in Iowa, and was going to trek to Beresford to watch me run before we started our day of post-run awesomeness. I told her where I was, and it was at that moment that she crossed the Iowa/SoDak border and realized she was just north of me. We decided she'd come get me, and we'd leave my car on the interstate to pick up later. Super nice dude came back, put my tire on, I professed my undying thanks to him and he left. And I chilled in my car waiting for Savior #2. After Jenn got there, we hauled ass to get to my race so I would have time to stretch. (I had left ridiculously early for the race so I could stretch TONS to hopefully make the hips feel a-ok.) Somehow we still got to the packet pick up with 30 minutes to stretch and get ready for the race! Yay.
Mile 1 7:24
Mile 2 8:02
Mile 3 7:53
.1 :35 (6:48 pace)
5k in 23:55 for a pace of 7:43.
As soon as I crossed the finish line, I stopped my watch, glanced at it, and yelled out a YIPPEE (seriously.... I'm the biggest dork evah!). A PR by the skin of my teeth is still a PR in my book. :) So a review of the goals, Goal C: check! PR for the day. I finished 9th place overall, 4th place female, and 1st place in my age group (20-29). Goal D: check! And most importantly I was pain free. Mega Goal: Check! My cardio level definitely struggled in this race. Looking at my training, I've only had about 2 weeks (once you take out all the rest days for semi-injury) of training post-marathon, so I shouldn't expect my body to be in speed work shape. But I love that it gives me a goal to keep working toward, because 22:xx will happen this summer, yo. Hopefully this will only be my PR for a couple of weeks!!
Post race we had a photo shoot, obviously.
Absolutely super fans: my parents. I was bummed. I bought them bright green TEAM GREEN shirts that I was giving them for Father's Day/madre's birthday, and they didn't come in quick enough. :( Good thing I race a lot, they'll still get some use out of em. ;) They were at 4 different place along the course route, and in a 5k that is legit, let me tell you! Love that they support me as much as they do. :D
And Miss Jenn who saved me in a thousand ways before 11am. Impressive fo sho. Love her. She rocked her 10k btw, but I don't want to steal her thunder, so you'll have to check out her blog for her report. :p
Post race, off to pick my car up off the side of the interstate and then enjoy some sun and Skinny Dip beers at the waterpark. I heart race days. :D