What a great race! It was much better than I expected and it was a great surprise.
Let’s back up to 5:30 this morning, when I woke up. I had my tried-and-true pre-run breakfast of cereal and applesauce.
We headed to the race a little after 6:30, and after a bit of GPS drama we got to the parking lot. We were running the University City Memorial Day 5K, which is a very popular race. There were 675 people there running the 5K and another 447 running the 10K. This is the biggest race I’ve run since Thanksgiving!
The course wasn’t too bad. There were a few hills, both up and down, so it evened out. My first mile was 7:41, which was right on pace for my sub-24 finish!
My second mile was tough, but I chugged along at 7:51. I crossed the “Mile 2” marker early, at about 1.9 miles, so I was pretty sure the course was going to be short.
My third mile was quite a bit slower at 8:16. I again crossed the mile marker early, and crossed the finish line at 2.99 miles according to my watch.
My finish time was 23:50, which is a sub-24 finish, even if the race wasn’t quite long enough. I had to go to the bathroom right after I finished, so I didn’t see my mom finish, but she came in at 28:02!
We got some water and walked around a little bit, trying to decide if we wanted to wait for awards. Allen said he saw a few finishers before me who could have been in my age group, but he wasn’t sure. This race split up the age groups by 5 years, so I was competing in the 20-24 age group.
We decided to check the results. The race was timed by Big River Running, who always does an awesome job, and they had laptops set up under a tent for people to check their finish time. I checked mine first, and was so excited by what I saw!
I also snagged a banana, which I ended up taking home for a smoothie!
I looked up the final results after I got home, and it turns out the second-place finisher in my division had almost the exact same time as me! Online it says 23:50 as well, but I probably beat her by less than a second. Incredible! When I picked up my bib yesterday, the lady at the running store asked if I was ok with “13.” I am glad I said yes because it was good to me!