Oh yes. Guess who was the first female finisher in her 5K tonight?! THIS GIRL!!
Granted, it was a small race. And maybe you are joining the little voice in the back of my head in saying, Wait a sec – wasn’t this a “guess your time” race? Where people are aiming to hit their predictions rather than win?
Well, to that voice I say suck it!
Nobody is gonna rain on my paraaaaaaaade!
Okay, yeah, I know Deena Kastor could have been back there logging ten minute miles to win herself a prize. I don’t care. 100 people ran today and I was the first chick across that line (and, I think, 6th or 7th runner overall).
I really needed this. My last few races have been just crappy, and today felt great! I don’t have an official time yet, but glancing at the backward-facing clock they had at the finish line I think I finished around 21:20. I know I’m not setting any world records with that time, but it’s a good time for me right now, and something I can feel confident about and build upon!
And relative to my prediction? I think I was about 15-20 seconds off – I’d predicted 21:37. Not sure if that will be close enough to win a prize, but honestly I don’t really care. Running a good race is enough of a prize for me!
The whole no-mile-markers, no-watch, no-clocks thing was kind of interesting too. Actually…I kind of liked it. I found myself taking in the sights and scenery of Prospect Park and really observing landmarks (hey – that building that was at the start is now across from us!) to try and orient myself and determine how far I’d run. I’m not sure if it would be a great thing for a longer race – at some point, having feedback about your effort and pace is helpful. But for a 5K is was fun to just run hard without worrying about how many miles I had left.
Running races in NYC can be kind of defeating sometimes. There are just SO many people, and SO many of them are fast. It’s hard to get fired up about running for 10th or 20th place in your age group, you know? Even though there were so many reasons why tonight’s race was not a big deal, it felt so amazing to hear all of the race volunteers exclaim “Hey – first woman!” as I ran by.
Small victories. They can be so empowering sometimes.
Race Stats (updated official results):
Race: JackRabbit “Anyone Can Win” 5K
Date: April 13, 2010
Conditions: Cool (55*) and cloudy
Mile Pace: 6:52
Overall place (all): 6 /93
Overall place (females): 1 / 55
Prediction place: 15 / 93 (19 seconds off – woohoo, I won a $20 gift card!)
Finally, a sub-7-minute pace. Finally, a race where I actually stayed engaged throughout the entire thing. Finally, a strong finish. Finally, I feel good about running again.
Today’s EAT: It was kinda late when I got back from the race, so I opted for an easy dinner. But true to this blog post – I did have chicken! Grilled chicken on a big salad, with a frozen mini cheese pizza. Not too exciting but it was super quick and hit the spot.
I’ve got a couple of good recipes planned for the rest of the week though, so stay tuned!
Today’s DRINK: Celebrating my little victory with a bottle of two buck chuck. A cheap wine for a cheap win – haha.
Today’s RUN: Between race and warm up and cool down, I covered about 6 miles today.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s a small victory you’ve had lately that has really made you feel great? I think I’m going to be riding this race high for a little while.