One race down, 11 more to go for the year to meet the challenge of Run for the bling of it. I ran a 5k this morning and was more than pleased with my performance. I have said before that I don't enjoy running 5ks because I am not a fast runner. I have not ran a stand alone 5k since June and I shaved 3 minutes off my 5k time! I uploaded the run this evening and realized I finally achieved negative splits for the first time in a race!
My finish time according to my Garmin was 28:47.76 but my official time was 28:51. Either way, I was very happy. My splits were 9:34, 9:33, and 9:18. I just barely did a negative split for mile 2 but it was by a second!
It was a fun morning and I am glad I did the race. It was geared towards high schoolers but open to the community. There was no mistaking the high school students because quite a few of the girls had full make up on! We figured we would get creamed by a bunch of kids and I did. At the same time, I ran past quite a few kids huffing and puffing as they walked or ran. I had to laugh at the two boys who complained that they are not long distance runners.
I decided last week to contact a local coaching company. I know I will never BQ but it is not stopping me from trying to get faster and stronger. I feel like I am not getting anywhere on my own and decided to check out the coaching company. I was going to start working with a personal trainer again and went for the coach instead. The coach decided to run the 5k this morning and we met up before the race. I really like her and I am excited to start working with her.
My next race is 4 weeks from today and will be the third year in a row I am running this 10 mile race. Can't wait!!