This last Saturday I raced in a local 5k for the Grafton Firemen's Association. I've always ran this race- it's close to home, it's for a good cause and it's on my favorite weekend... Memorial Day! Previous years I've had a lot of fun the night before and don't typically "feel well". This year I was in bed early and ready to run Saturday morning.
The weather was perfect for running- overcast. As I started running and continued to run I thought to myself, how ironic. How ironic that shorter distances feel so much more difficult than the longer runs now. Go figure! The race course consists of running over this enourmous overpass- twice! ugh. However, I practiced this many times so I felt completely confident as the runners started walking when they hit this hill. (it's not really THAT huge but it's large enough). I felt great running even though it took a while to get warmed up. I was familiar with the course so I had it all planned out on where to slow down and where to speed up.
Coming in towards the end I started picking up the pace and then I saw my mom at her "usual cheering spot" and she was yelling and cheering for me. This was really cool because she doesn't get to see my run very often. She gave me that extra push and I hauled ass into the finish.
I saw the finish line and the finsihing clock and it read 28 minutes. Holy shit! I let it all out at that point and crossed at 29:08. Wow. My first 5k of this year was around a 33 and my goal for 2011 was to get it down under 30 minutes. I wasn't planning on reaching that goal until the Smiles for Sophie 5k July 4th so it felt awesome!
I love seeing results and I know I will keep seeing the positive feedback as I continue to Believe, Love, Understand, and Empower!