I swore up and down I didn’t care how this race went. But I felt good this morning, and had to tell myself to slow down at least 10 times during the first mile. I didn’t want to gas out. But when I got to the 1-mile mark and my time was 9:52, I knew I had a lot left in me. So I challenged myself to go just a little bit faster for the second and third miles. I know what negative splits are but usually I’m just trying not to die, rather than pace myself, in races.
Despite the 8″ or so of snow we got Friday, the roads were pretty clear in Kendall Square. There was only ice at the start/finish line. And it was SO sunny. I’ve never raced with sunglasses before but I’m glad I did.
By the time I had about a half-mile left, I knew I was going to break my personal best (AKA my PR). I was happy as a clam when I crossed the finish line. My watch said 29:30 but my official time was even better – 29:25! My previous PR was 31:55 at the BAA 5K last April (which was actually my last race, believe it or not – 2015 was not a good running year with my bum ankle). To beat that by exactly 2:30 with maybe only like 50 training runs in between is pretty awesome! And so is being in the top 3rd of my age group!
There was a party afterward with all different kinds of craft beer, wings, and a great band. It was fun to hang out afterward with Teresa, a former Dana-Farber colleague, and her running group. I was smart and brought a change of clothes for after the race. I sweat profusely no matter how hot or cold it is outside, and I knew we’d be outside for a while for the post-race party. I changed everything but my socks, shin sleeves, and shoes. Yes, everything else. Nothing is worse than a soaked sports bra or swamp ass, especially when it’s cold outside. And I was still cold in dry clothes, so I can only imagine how I would’ve felt in my sweaty gear.
I had so much fun running today that I came home and signed up for the Cambridge 5K Craicfest (and then I took a rare afternoon nap). So now I have races lined up for the next six months and need to find something in August. Hopefully longer than a 5K, if all goes well in June!
February 7 – Super Sunday 5K in Cambridge
- March 13 – Craicfest 5K in Cambridge
- April 16 – BAA 5K in Boston
- May 21 – Tim Paige Memorial Road Race (at Long Meddowe Days) in Longmeadow, my hometown
- June 26 – BAA 10K in Boston
- July 4 – Firecracker4 (4-miler) in Saratoga*
- October 9 – BAA Half Marathon in Boston (through Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Longwood)