AM - RESULTS AND MORE PICS FOR OKTOBERFAST 5K on Jake's Blog!
First of all, I have to say that this event was everything I was hoping for. We had a great turnout, including -
9 racers (Adam RW, Sandy, Ashley, ACorn, Jake, Andrea, Dave, Chad Robinson, Kam)
Great timer (Kam's son Jens)
Sub-Professional photographer (Allie)
Spectator support crew (Adam RW's wife Sandra and kids, Paul and kids; both have adorable kids!)
Thanks to everyone that came out! It was really nice to meet more local runners and put names to faces on the blog. NEXT EVENT SPOOKY FAST 5K on Oct. 29!
About the race - 2 mile warmup. I was a little nervous that the football team was going to take over the track, but they quickly retreated for McDonalds and orange juice on the sidelines :) We had some introductions and handed out awesome bids. I got lucky number 7!
Race started at 9:05am. My goal was even splits of 83 seconds every 400 and pick it up at the very end for 17:15. I went out a little fast but felt controlled. Mile 1 was 5:25. I felt a twinge from mile 1 to 1.5 in my hamstring - not sure what that was about. I caught up with Adam RW right after, and we stayed close for a couple laps. Mile 2 was 5:34. I slowed a little the next few laps - this is always the challenging part of the 5k. The last 400 ACorn FLEW past me. If only I had that kind of kick! Mile 3 was 5:36. I pushed the last stretch with a finishing time of 17:16.3!!
I am quite thrilled with my performance - 9 second PR, and with the NCAA altitude conversion it could potentially be 16:55 at sea level. If I ever ran sub-17, that would be incredible. I cheered the rest of the crew coming in for their final meters. Then we all chatted for a while and drank some chocolate milk - the ultimate recovery drink.
Cool down with most of the group. This was probably my favorite part, just a casual run with some great people.