Firecracker 5K - O'Fallon, MO
Time: 18:00 (PR, previous 18:11)
Place: 3rd in 20-29 AG
Overall: 8th out of 1111
Wow, fun morning! I had doubts going into this one after a lackluster last 2
weeks and feeling some discomfort in a few areas of the foot/legs. I didn't know
what to expect. I've been building this whole spring towards a 5K PR and the biggest speed base I could muster going into this fall's 3:05 BQ attempt(s), and up until I started dealing with this foot issue I had been ON TRACK to hit it.
I showed up at the Firecracker 5K in O'Fallon and got in a nice 1.5mi warm up. My legs felt good but it's hard to tell until you really start pushing some days. We took off at the gun and the front pack of runners I was in immediately split from
the rest of the field. I felt smooth, relaxed and strong and settled in. I glanced
at my current pace and we landed at right about 5:40 pace, but it felt like
exactly what I needed to be doing. I had put in mile repeats at that range earlier this spring and it felt familiar. First mile was 5:41 and we rounded a corner and
shot down a side street.
There were 3 guys running the 10K that were loping along at
about 5:45 pace making it look stupid easy so I relaxed my form and tucked in
behind them for a good pull up a nasty little incline. Mile 2, 5:45... my
breathing was labored at this point and I was starting to really push and dig.
The course went up a long slow grade at the 2.6 mile mark then turned around and
came back down and onto the warning track inside the ballpark. (finish was at home plate) Mile 3, 6:03,
GAH, pushing up that incline took a few seconds away. I sprinted around the warning
track and down the 3rd base line as hard as I could to dip sub-18.... I thought I might have a shot at it and I could just FEEL like I was close. I was watching
the clock all the way as I rounded the corner.... 17:56, :57...:58.. :59... I punched my watch and leaned
across the mat and when I gathered myself the watch said 18:00. FLAT. EVEN. I
hoped for a chip time of sub 18 but that was it.. official time 18:00.
Super stoked for a PR of 11 seconds from my high school days. After I gathered myself I got in about 2.5 more miles of cool down back and forth to the car to get my Hammer gear on and get settled in for food and awards.
It was a real treat getting something positive out of my body, given the last few weeks. It was such a relief to push and get a level of performance and response out of my legs and lungs that I don't often get. The body goes in ups and downs and has
aches and pains. But, it doesn't do us any good to doubt ourselves and all the
work we put in. I felt strong... and I loved being out there racing at
what felt like a high intensity, but still under control. Now it's time to move forward into the next phase of training, building a bit of volume and stretching out that pace on the track to 10k and half marathon pace work. One day at a time... eyes fixed on the fall.