Guess what? I did it! I ran the 5K!
THe day before the race, Becky, Jodee and I were texting back and forth. Somehow, it was decided we would run at a 9 minute mile pace. This had me a tad nervous, as the fastest I had gone was 11:30. The race started, and we were off. Uphill. Then onto gravel, and another hill.
We kept thinking, eventually we would have to go down hill. I felt like I had trained enough, but I had not attempted a 5K packed with hills. As we rounded a monstrous hill, Jodee said to power through and go fast, it makes it easier. So I did. And then my lungs almost collapsed. Luckily, there was a water table, so I did walk while drinking a glass of water. We kept pushing forward at about a 9 minute mile pace, but shortly after 2 miles, I had to slow down a bit.
The other 2 ran ahead, and I slowed down to around 11 minute miles.
The finish line involved a steep hill that led to the track, I crossed the finish line and looked at my time. On my phone, it said 31:11. I was really hoping to be at around 34-35 minutes total, so I was happy with the outcome. On top of that, I averaged 9:43 miles, which was shaving almost 2 minutes off each mile. *Here are the official results from the website*
And, did I mention the hills?
Yeah, my legs are a bit sore today.