5k race in 16:59 (5:27/mile pace)
~3 miles warmup
5k in 17:03 (5:23, 5:40, 5:26, :32)
$590 earnings ($500 USATF, $90 Age Graded)
~3.5 miles cool down
You may tell me that I'm crazy to walk away disappointed from a race where I won $590 and competed well against some of the best competition that NC has to offer, but I did.
So call me crazy.
Really, I'm confused about what emotions I should be feeling. Excited that I competed out there and executed a race strategy that suited my strengths? Or - disappointed that I was unable to be as strong on the 2nd mile as I was last year in this exact same race? Last year my splits were 5:26, 5:31, 530. This year I dropped a 5:40 in that second mile. I can't really explain what the difference was this year in that second mile, but I'm definitely not pleased with it.
The woman who won from Raleigh was only a mere ten seconds ahead of me and it's frustrating because I truly believe that I'm fit enough to have run a 16:52. In my dreams, Meagan and I would have been battling with her at the line for the win in 16:50 fashion, but we didn't. Instead, this is how it all unfolded:
In the first mile, the four of us women - Heather, Emily, Meagan and I - were all together and then we began to separate as we neared the halfway mark. Soon I couldn't hear the breathing of the other women, but I could still sense they were close. I ran through the 2-mile mark in 10:59 and knew that it was going to be a tough one to break 17:00 because I need to come through about four seconds faster. In the distance, the Kenyan woman was slowly coming back to me and I set my sights on her for the next mile.
As I charged through the downhill last 800m, I continued making ground on the first place woman but I knew that the 5k distance wouldn't be enough for me to pass her. My face contorted into strained expressions as I watch the clock tick off the seconds...16:56...16:57...16:58...16:59, until it finally ticked over 17:00 and I still had a couple of steps to go. I crossed the finish line feeling defeated and watched as Heather and Meagan followed close behind.
|The group at 800m (Photo courtesy of Thomas Eggar)|
|Around 1.75 Miles|
|Some of the CLT crew. Meagan and I have not showered|