This race started less than a mile from my house, so I jogged up to the start and lined up just a few minutes before the race began.
Mile 1 - 6:14: Right on target. I planned on the first mile at 6:15, which I think is more or less my "5K pace."
Mile 2 - 6:05: I knew the downhill started toward the end of mile 2, so I picked up the pace.
Mile 3 - 5:42: This race is advertised as "Downhill into Downtown." It's fast. I didn't realize exactly how downhill this course was. In comparison to other 5Ks I've run, the last mile ran itself! So the challenge was to keep my effort level at a 5K effort - rather than just cruising down the hill at 5K pace.
|There's 5K effort.|
|3rd and 4th place finishers with me (orange shorts) trying to catch them|
|6th place finisher on my tail!|
18:47 (6:03 average pace)
2nd of 112 in division F30-34, and 5th female of 663. 27th of 1054 overall.
Two Little Runners