I did it! I am the proud owner of a new 5K PR! I can think of no better way to close out my running year.
My finishing time of 38 minutes on the dot is almost a full minute faster than the PR I set in September!
The temperature for the race ended up being nice, although the humidity was a KILLER. It was about 94% at the beginning of the race and 97% by the end.
When I finished the race I noticed that my legs felt like they had a lot more left in them, but my heart felt like it was going to pop out of my chest. On a day with less humidity I think I could easily knock some seconds off my finishing time!
The Cute Costumes
Overall for an inaugural event, I thought this 5K was pretty fun! At packet pickup we all received a “one size fits all” Santa suit and most people showed up to the race wearing it!
By the middle of the race people were stripping off their suits while running (pretty funny to watch) and at the end most of the suits could be found in big heaps like this one:
This race probably works well in cold weather states, but in Florida the weather is gonna be too hot 360 out of 365 days in the year!
It was fun seeing everyone all dressed up at the beginning though!
Adam was supposed to run this race with me but he ended up having to do an emergency work related thing at the last minute. I’m hoping he and a couple of my friends will do this 5K with me next year because it seems like the kind that would be so fun to do with other people you know!
My Racing Details
I can’t lie, after my last speedwork session a part of me really thought that 36:XX (even 36:59) could be in the cards if the day went really well. I started out strong and on pace to make that happen, but the weather got the best of me.
I ended up positive splitting the race as I always do in the 5K. I think I’m going to run another one in February and I will try really hard to be more consistent!
Oh well, it doesn’t matter if the splits were positive or negative, I still ended up with a shiny medal and a new personal best!!! Merry Christmas to ME!
I don’t know if I’ve written about this before, but I’ve dreaming of a 36:XX since I started running. I have no idea why 36, but it’s been my arbitrary 5K goal since the beginning.
Last year I was finishing 5Ks in 46:XX and this year I’m down to 38:XX. Every day I get one step closer to my goal.
This is a good reminder that the the journey of reaching any type of goal is a marathon not a sprint (even if 5Ks feel like an extra long sprint!).
The Annoying Thing
The only big downer to this race was that the same timing company that messed up results for the Fort Lauderdale half in November, also messed up the results for this 5K.
They are listing my clock time and chip time as exactly the same even though I did not start at the front making it IMPOSSIBLE for these two to be the same. There’s even video from the beginning of the race showing me crossing the starting line well behind lots of other people.
I’m guessing since my Garmin read 38:00 and I started it right as I crossed the starting line that it is my chip time and 38:14 is my clock time. I wish I knew for sure … I was hoping the official results would be reliable and I would have found out I finished in 37:58 or 37:59! Bummer.
Comparison to My Previous PR
I’m really bad about running tangents in races and always end up running beyond the 3.1 according to my Garmin.
At the Optime 5K in September my official finishing time was 39:30 (12:43 pace) and my Garmin 5K time was 38:53 (12:30 pace).
I have been thinking of 38:53 as my PR since I ran wayyyy over 3.1 at that race, although I put 39:30 in my spreadsheet…. since that was technically the official time.
Either way, I crushed both of those times yesterday!
I’m waiting to log my official time for the Jingle Bell Jog until the timing company provides us with an update regarding the “changes and corrections” they are making / have made.
On a more positive note I am looking forward to seeing official pics from this race! I bet they’re going to be funny!
Overall the timing issue bummed me out a bit, but I am exceedingly HAPPY with this race. I knocked out a definitive PR to cap off my second year of running which is exactly what I set out to do!
(PR PR PR PR!!!!)
I hope you had a great weekend filled with running, too!
Are you pretty good about running tangents in the race?
Do you ever stop at aid stations in short races like the 5K? I usually don’t.