|Finishing the run in 2010 at 52:17|
I came into todays race with 1 single goal.... RUN THE ENTIRE 5K, NO WALK BREAKS!
My friends/coaches Ann and Coop had suggested for me this year to focus on my two target races in 2012, my half marathon in May, and the NYC Marathon in November. Every other race Im to run this year is to work on my endurance and to be able to run the distances with little to no walk breaks.
The 5K course is basically 2 times around the Garden State Plaza mall parking lot. What I considered hilly last year is actually as flat of a course as you will get, lol! The temps were in the 40's and the skies were clear.
Before the race I met up with my friend Anthony, who ran this race with me last year as well. And I also met up with a friend from myfitnesspal.com, Tom.
|Anthony, me, Tom|
|All set and ready to go!|
So I settled back a bit and got into a comfortable pace at around 10:30. First couple miles went by without a hitch, felt good, kept a pretty even 10:30/11:00 pace.
|Just past the 1 mile marker|
When I got into the 3rd mile, this is when my brain started to convince me I was tired and that I should walk a bit, but no way was I about to start walking with less then a mile to go!!! I actually got a little choked up fighting myself, knowing that I Can do this, just fight thru it for another mile and you can acheive your goal!
|Coming into the homestretch, the girl to my right I had been on |
her tail for most of the last mile, and I was determined to beat her!
|I start to pull away|
|Left her in my dust!|
My splits were: Mile 1 - 10:37, Mile 2 - 10:53, Mile 3 - 11:02
|Tom, me, and Anthony Post-Race|