This past Saturday afternoon I ran the W & OD 5K on a stretch of the trail in Falls Church. I went into the race with the attitude that I was going to have fun. I was honest with myself and knew physically that there was just no way I was going to push out a PR. I wanted however to have a strong performance and had hoped to place highly in my age group.
All in all the race was great and I have no complaints. The course was a slight uphill for the first half, with a bridge crossing before the turn around. Then a slight downhill for the 2nd half with the same bridge crossing. I wouldn’t call it a fast course, but it’s certainly not a hard course at all. If you are looking for a small low key, well run local 5K next year, I’d definitely recommend it.
I ran a 20:15 for a 6:31 average pace. My bib number was #6 and I came in 6th place overall(1st in my ag). Who says bib numbers can’t speak to you? Mine certainly do! Remember #13 from B & A for my lucky #13th marathon?! Someone from up above is telling me something *wink wink*
McMillan has me at a 1:10 ten miler – which too be honest I would be beyond excited about if I got that time at Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! But who knows what the day will bring. All I know is that I’m super duper excited for it because not only is it my birthday but because two of my best friends(another twin set) will be running their first 10 miler ever! I love love love sharing the joy of running with others. I can’t wait to hug them after the finish and see the smiles on their faces as they realize they have run farther than they ever have before!!
It really means so much to me that so many people in my life love to run too. It makes it much easier explaining things when you don’t have to really explain – your friends just get it.
This leads me to something else. Chloe’s ballet teacher told me that she and a friend are thinking of running the Army 10 miler this fall. Of course when she told me I got all excited and went on and on about how it’s not as hard as it sounds and my usual *if I can do it you can do it* speech. I hope I helped assure her that it is possible for her to go the distance. There is a magic on race day. I can’t wait for Amy and Sarah to feel it.
Do you feel race day magic?? Tell me about it!
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