Jake agreed to pace me, and to guarantee a PR all I had to do was hang on to his heels. We got to the park where the race started to pick up our numbers. Since its a local race we knew a lot of other people there. Its always fun to do a hometown race too. There was a great turnout and the weather was pretty perfect too. I set out for a quick warm-up then changed into my flats. I took one last bathroom stop then we lined up. There were a lot of kids doing the race, so I wanted to make sure I was at the front of the start to avoid any blocks.
Then we were off!
|check out Jake's sweet outfit :)|
We did well at not starting out blazing. I'm getting better about that, so I just let people bust out ahead of me, I knew I would catch them eventually. I felt good and steady, and I just told myself to focus. Mile 1 split was 6:35. My breathing felt good and controlled and I just kept my eyes in front of me.
|at about mile 1.5. Look! Our strides are the same!|
The crowd was really great, lots of people cheering and waving. I tend to get tunnel-vision in races and don't pay attention to people spectating, but I always appreciate a hoot and holler! Mile 2 split was 6:39. We turned a corner and I knew we were on our way back to the park to finish. This is when I started to feel tired. There was a woman who had been a good 400 yards in front of me the whole time, and Jake said to me he could see her legs getting tired, that I could catch her.
We got into our last loop to the finish and I felt my legs get tired and start to give out. I told Jake to go ahead and just let me be on my own. I think my words to him were "see ya later!". He took off and I got tough with myself. I told myself to man up, and go catch that woman, who was now a little bit closer to me. I rounded my last corner, mile 3 split was 6:33, and gave it everything I had, and squeaked by her.
|hard to see, but this was when I made my move!|
|coming into the finish|
* I should note that the official results have me at a 20:24, the other times were from my Garmin.
This is proof to me that I do have it in me, I can be faster that I thought, and that if I just let myself run, I can do it. Do I have a sub-20 in me this year? It's seeming more and more likely, and I kind of love it :)
So thanks to Jake for pacing, not an easy job, especially when pacing me ;) Thanks Nichole for the tough track workouts- they are paying off in a big way. Shooting for a time in the 19's is scary, because its just seems SO FAST, but it's also pretty exciting that it's so close, and something I never thought was possible.
|also, ya cant beat a homemade trophy :)|