Coming back from an injury can take a while and it’s hard not to get a little discouraged during the comeback phase. For the last several months I’ve been comparing myself to where I was last year before the plantar fasciitis started. My foot has felt good for a while now but my confidence in my ability has not been there. On Saturday I got some of that confidence back and I must say it was good! I actually met my “A” goal so I was thrilled!
I had not broken 19 minutes in a 5K since the Fast Firecracker in July (over 8 months ago) so that was my main goal going into this race. My coach thought 18:30-18:45 was realistic for me but I honestly didn’t know if I was ready. Based on my last two races the McMillan pace calculator had me in the low 19’s. I reminded myself that 5k’s are MY race and I was ready.
The Race: Cabot Spring Fling 5K (RRCA State Championship 5K)
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Cabot, AR
This was my third year to run in the Cabot Spring Fling 5K. There was a great family race registration deal ($50 for 4 entries) so John and I decided to sign up our crew. Then my daughter wanted to invite her best friend since she was going to be spending Friday night at our house. I checked with her mom who was fine with it so we also registered her.
Several other runners from my local running club were there which was great! I ran a 1.5 mile warm-up and some strides with my friend Natalie and then it was time to line up. My goal was to run right around a 6 minute pace and hopefully break 19 minutes!
|Photo courtesy of Arkansas RRCA
|coming up on mile 1|
|How cute is my little niece?!|
Mile 3- 6:09. I knew I was slowing down. This mile is tough because it has the most elevation gain. I just told myself to hold on- I didn’t want to get passed in the last few minutes!
Mile 3.11- 0:38 (5:39 avg). I love finishing around the track! When I rounded the corner I could see the finish line and the clock. I was going to make it!
Official Time- 18:41. (6:02 avg)/ 1st Female. Official results can be found here.
I stayed around the finish area for a few minutes to see some team members finish but then I turned back to find Abi. I knew she’d be coming through soon.
Abi actually ran her fastest 5k ever in 24:36! Then I found my son and Abi’s best friend. They were doing great! I ran with them their last half mile. My son finished in 29:59 which is his first time to break 30 minutes. My daughters best friend finished just 2 seconds later.
|So proud of these kids!!|
My husband snapped this great picture of the male winner, one of our newest club members. Dan ran a 15:26 for the win. He also won the Germantown Half Marathon I ran in last weekend. (He ran a 1:08 there.)
The awards ceremony had a huge breakfast/ lunch buffet and was located in the indoor gym.
|Top 3 Overall Women|
|With my friends Beverly and Kem|
|These girls did GREAT!!|
So hopefully the 19’s are gone for good! This race was a huge break through for me- mentally more than anything. I needed to know I could do this and now I’m excited to see what’s in store!