I ran the Chick fil A 5K in Memphis this morning. I had planned to run it with my BFF who was in town as her first 5K, but shortly before the race, she decided I'd probably drive her nuts during the race (which is probably valid), so I decided to run it on my own at the last minute. Considering I didn't eat well the day before and wasn't really hydrated (that's what happens when your BFF comes in town for the weekend), I didn't have very high hopes.
I started cruising along and hit mile 1 in 7:48. Not too shabby. And I was feeling pretty good. At that point, I realized I was neck-and-neck with a guy, and we had been running the same pace for a while, so, I decided I would try to stay with him for the rest of the race. He must have noticed I was right on his heels because if he got a few steps ahead of me, he would tell me to keep pushing, and a couple of times, he told me good job. What a nice guy!
I hit mile 2 in 7:58. A little slower, but still under 8-minute miles, which I was totally happy with. Then came the Beale St. hill. Somehow I managed to stay on pace (and saw a friend at the top who was screaming for me. Thanks, Rachel!) and hit mile 3 in 7:42. At that point, I was struggling, and the guy I had been running with told me to dig deep and make the end count. He also said he was miserable, which made me feel better (holy humidity, it was brutal!). I had really appreciated his encouragement and was hoping to say thanks at the finish line, but at mile 3.05 when you turn into Autozone Park to finish the race, he disappeared and kept running straight. Turns out he wasn't even running the race. I don't know if he started with everyone or if he just jumped in or what. But he definitely was part of the reason I had a pretty strong race. So thanks random phantom runner!
I ran into AutoZone park, and when I finished, my watch said 3.2 miles in 24:54. I know races are always a bit off because unless you run the tangents on point (which is impossible), the distance is always going to be slightly different. But a whole .1 for a 5K? That's not cool. If the race had been right at 3.1, I would have PR'ed with a 24:15, but alas. That darn time clock gets me every time, and my official time was 25:01.
The exciting news is that despite not getting a PR, I got an award-- 2nd in my age group! For a pretty big race, I was absolutely thrilled! Whoop whoop!
5K in 25:01
Age group: 2/118
Mile 1: 7:49
Mile 2: 7:58
Mile 3: 7:42
Last .2: 7:03
And congrats to my BFF for running her first 5K! Hopefully it's the first of many!!!