Tag Archive | 5k

Women’s Fitness Festival

I was looking forward to this race!  This was my 3rd attempt to reach my goal time of a 6:30/mi pace.  My training had been going well and this would be a fast race.  I knew that this race attracted several fast women which would help push me closer to my goal time.  I was hoping to be in the top 20.

2012-06-03 women's fitness festival (snip it)

Working hard!  I am still heal striking…..ugh.

As soon as the race started, I knew that something wasn’t right.  I watched the pack take off and I didn’t have the energy to stay close.  It felt very different than my other races.  I had to make the decision to go at a comfortable pace for me which was slower than my goal pace.

2012-06-03 women's fitness festival (snip it 4)

It turns out that I was coming down with a virus and that’s why I felt the  lack of energy that I usually have.  However, I remind myself of what a friend told me, “Not every race is going to be a PR.”  It’s important to celebrate effort.  And, on that particular day, I gave everything I had.  Although slower than I had hoped, I managed to place in the top 20 and also won my age group.

2012-06-03 Women's Fitness Festival

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Sacramento Zoo Zoom 5k

I came up with this idea to work towards a 6:30 pace for my 5k.  This was my first attempt.  I was familiar with this course and knew that it was a flat, fast course.  Plus, I would have some good competition at this race.2012 Sacramento Zoo Zoom (snip it)

Here I am at one point in the race.  What I notice about this picture is that I lost my form.  I was heal striking at this point…..ugh!  I have been working hard on my form and when I am training, I am able to keep my form.  But, I notice that when I race, I lose my form.

2012 Sacramento Zoo Zoom 5 (snip it )

Here I am crossing the finish line.

2012 Sacramento Zoo Zoom 6 (snip it )

And, this is so typical of me……What’s my time?  Did I meet my goal?  Well, unfortunately, I did not meet my goal, but I was closer to it (6:42 pace).  No worries, there’s another chance in a few weeks!  After all, if I hit my goal after 1 race, it wouldn’t have been much of a challenge.