i have run a number of 5K races and typically finish somewhere in the 23s. it's been a goal for quite some time to break through that barrier -- and today was (crazily enough) my lucky day!! i think it was actually the fact that i DIDN'T really care that much about the race's outcome that helped.
see: usually, i try to play it smart, tactically -- i worry about crashing and burning, and i think "steady as she goes -- don't do anything you'll regret!". this time, i worked an ER shift last night until after 11 pm, carb-loaded on guglhupf pastries (oh YEAHHHHH), and slept not-nearly-enough pre-race. so i just decided my strategy would be just to be reckless. ie: go out as fast as possible, because if i bonked mid-race, who really cares? i suppose it was a bit of an experiment.
it was COLD and hilly and i had to weave past much slower runners for the first half mile or so. this didn't cost me too much time, however, since there wasn't a huge crowd. there were NO mile markers or splits available -- which fit my "just goooooo" strategy quite well. my iPod soundtrack was just my half marathon list on shuffle, and i ended running to an odd mix of ben folds, girltalk, lady gaga (thank god), and kelly clarkson (what? it worked).
i saw a gorgeous, elegantly striding runner out of the corner of my eye mid-race. it took me a little time to figure out that it was meg! she ended up having a great race as well (recap here -- check out her tasty post-5K eats, too!).
as i headed towards the finish line (downhill, THANK GOD), i saw the clock said "22:42" and GUNNED it -- i really, really wanted that sub-23!
and, luckily i made it, literally by the skin of my teeth, in 22:59. an unexpected PR and 2nd in my age group!! i was super-excited.
with meg! as usual, i appear extra pygmy-like beside her. super flattering, huh? (or not). in case you're wondering, i did not gain 50 lbs from my guglhupf carb-loading -- it just looks that way as i'm wearing a giant reach out & read top over 2 layers of running clothes! maybe i would have been a couple of seconds faster without all that air resistance . . . but then again i needed the layers for warmth!
so yes -- the race was fun! but even more exciting than a random age-group winner was this:
WOW! that far exceeded any amount i thought it would be possible to raise, especially in such a short time period. combined with 3 other residents, we made over $1000 for reach out and read. that makes me so happy -- as i know it will the kids who receive their books!
thank you to everyone who donated and to those who even considered it! i know it's a tough time economy-wise right now and there are a TON of worthy causes all tugging at your heartstrings. i am amazed at the outpouring of generosity and really appreciated the support!
hey, it's saturday!
this weekend truly snuck up on me. i am psyched that it's only 12pm and i feel like i've already done so much! josh and i will be indulging in some serious couch-time this weekend -- in fact, i've marked on tomorrow's calendar: DAY OF REST.
first up: a nap. i think i've earned it.