The St. Pattyâ€™s Day 8k (5 miler) this morning was quite the success!
Itâ€™s a rainy, gross day here in D.C., but thankfully the rain held off during the race. My friend Ashley and I arrived bright and early (EXTRA early thanks to daylight savingsâ€¦ argh) to pick up our bibs, t-shirts, and make sure we had time to wait in line for the portapotties ðŸ˜‰ Nothing worse than arriving late and stressed to a race!
The race was held downtown near the Capital. Pretty!
There was also randomly a DJ trying to make people dance at 8 in the morning. It was a little awkward.
After watching people do the Macarena (will that song ever go away??), we headed to the starting line, and thenâ€¦ disaster struck:
GAHHHHHHHHHHH Why wouldnâ€™t my Garmin turn on??? ðŸ™ Iâ€™ve had you for 4 years, Mr. Garmin, donâ€™t die on me now!! So sadly we had to race time and pace-less. Itâ€™s turning on again now, of course. But still wonâ€™t charge?? Wtf.
And so, watch-less, we were off!
Doing races as part of a training plan are great because you run so much faster than you normally would. Once we got moving we were able to maintain what felt like a good pace. My legs were feeling a bit stiff and heavy but the clouds and cool air actually made for good (if not pretty) running weather.
Though I knew we were keeping a good pace (yay adrenaline!), we had no idea how fast we were actually going without a watch! So you can imagine my surprise when we reached the finish line and I saw 41 minutes on the clock! OMG! You better believe I ended in a full out sprint. Especially since I knew that meant our gun time might be under 41 minutes!
Our final gun time was 40:50, which is an 8:13 min/mile pace!!! WOOHOOO! A new PR! My old 5 mile race PR was 42:57, which we clearly blew out of the water!
Iâ€™m proud of us ðŸ™‚
Time to relaxâ€¦ I met a friend for brunch after the race and now Iâ€™m SO exhausted. I think a nap might be in order before I can even attempt to get any work done ðŸ˜‰