I decided to go ahead and run the 5K in downtown Charleston this morning. It was a small race, probably about 150 runners. Before we started, the race director (who was standing under the Finish sign that a couple of guys had just put up) announced that the course was 250ft short and there was nothing he could do about it. I wanted to point out that perhaps they could move the finish sign back 250ft along the path (there was plenty of room). I guess that would have been too difficult. The organization was less than perfect but that's ok because I PR'd. It's nice being slow because there is so much room for improvement.
The race started in a park with lots of overhanging trees that confused poor Gary. He didn't know how fast we were running. My previous 5K PR was 29:39, so I knew I needed to stay around 9:30 pace to beat that. Mile 1 split was 8:54. Holy blazes, that's superwoman speed for this gal! I tried to slow it down a bit for mile 2, and finished that at 9:15. I was really huffing and actually had to stop and take a couple walk breaks in the last mile. I was berating myself for going out too fast and blowing my shot at a PR, but it turned out that I had enough gas in the tank to finish up in 28:55. I kept running past the oddly premature finish line until Gary told me we had run 3.1.
My fastest ever mile = 8:54
5K PR (according to Gary, not their no-time-chip, unorganized, short "official" time)=28:55
Average Pace = 9:18:44
I'm very excited and glad I decided to run it. Now I have to figure out how to spend the rest of the day since the severe storms here have eliminated all chances of getting the yard work done that I had planned. Hope everyone has a great weekend!