Half of me wants to scream “I did it!” and the other half wants to calmly say “You know you could.” I went into Saturday’s Annual Run For Fun Winona Lake 5K in Winona Lake, Ind. hoping to break my previous 5K PR of 31:48 set in May 2009. I knew I would break it. But by how much? By 3 minutes.
Run for Fun Winona Lake
Believe it or not had I run a mere 33 seconds faster overall I would have jumped to 4th place. That’s how close 4th through 7th place times were in my age category!
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I didn’t win any age group awards, although the race organizers said my age group of 19-24 was larger than most. And I believe it, there were more women than men at this race. Overall I have mostly positive to say about the race and my performance. But let’s break it down.
Run for Fun Winona Lake
- Great weather. No rain. Sun. Mild temps. Near-perfect racing weather.
- Awesome post-race food and beverages. Bottled water, bananas, grapes, oranges, apples and fresh locally-baked bagels and cream cheese.
- Not too small and not to large of a race. Enough people to have some competition, but not so many you felt claustrophobic.
- Overall I pushed myself hard during the race. I had a great pace at the 2-mile marker, under 18-minutes at that point. I knew in order to get a PR I had to feel like I was working. My legs were still a bit sore the next day and it’s because I was pushing myself.
- A PR is a PR.
- Results for the race were in a little bit of disarray as the organizers were trying out an ankle chip timing system for the first time.
- Thankful I was not signed up for the 10K race. Apparently “someone” moved a cone on the route — decreasing the 10K to a mere 5.1 miles. When women were finishing that race in 37 minutes I was like “Dang they are fast!” Low and behold the faux pas.
- I think I could have pushed myself harder at the Run for Fun 5K. I was getting negative mental thoughts during the last mile and I know that slowed me down. I swear I was like “Is this really 3.1 because I think they tricked us and its 3.5, etc.” I know I kinda struggled during the last 1.1 miles as my pace then deceased a little bit from what it was at the 2-mile marker.