Sunday, November 3, 2013

the Pajama Run 5k recap

I wasn't planning on doing any more races this year.  This past Friday I found myself signing up for the Pajama Run 5k after briefly reading about it on Facebook.  

The Pajama Run 

The race helps raise awareness and funds for cancer below the waist.

Ryan and Mason went with me to the race on Saturday morning.  It didn't start until 8am which was a nice later start compared to most other races.  It was pretty chilly out, with temperatures in the low 50's.  

I wore my pink Pro Compression socks, Nike tempo shorts, and a Nike long sleeve dry fit shirt. 

The local middle school's track team was running the race and all of the kids lined up in the front of the pack to start the race.  It took about 1/2 mile to get around them and finally get into a groove.  The day was foggy and I couldn't see the runners too far ahead of me so I basically ran by myself after the first mile. 

Nearing mile 2 I caught up to a female runner who looked my age and ran past her.  I totally kicked it into gear during the last 1/2 mile and had a strong finish.

Official time was 22:21 minutes.  1st place in my age group (30-34) and 4th overall female.  

Whoa.  It still feels weird to write those words ... my last PR was 23:05.  I shaved over 30 seconds off my previous best time.  It was so great to have such a strong run after my disappointment from the half marathon a few weeks ago (I still have that recap to write).  

I loved everything about this race.  The race company, Start 2 Finish, did such a great job with the entire process.  The timing chips were attached to the bibs so once you picked up your bib you were all set for the upcoming race.  Once you were done with the race you could check your time at their timing tent, complete with 2 monitors and printers to print your time.  The prize was super useful, a blue coffee mug and $10 gift certificate to the Charlotte Running Company.

Is there a sub 22 minute 5k in my future?  Maybe next year ... 

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