So this past Sunday was the Super Bowl 5K and it was awesome! A lot of the 501ers were there, including our coach who took lots of pics. Hopefully she'll get those posted soon so I can share them.
The run was in Novi and since I hadn't been there before, I arrived really early and picked up my packet in the vacant storefront they rented. It worked out really well and I ran right into a fellow 501er. There were also plenty of Northville/Novi 501ers there as well, some of whom I met at the Big House Big Heart and then saw again in Detroit, so it was fun to catch up with everyone.
There were quite a few people lining up - almost 2000 - and no real corrals, just a mess of people. We ended up about half way in the line and ended up being behind a woman with crutches. hmmm...
I knew it would be tough to bob and weave at the beginning and I know better than to go out too fast, but as soon as I crossed the timing mat, I was off. I just felt so good! We had a little 1/4 mile loop and then an out and back for the remainder of the course. In the loop, I glanced at my garmin once and saw 8:xx. I knew that was TOO fast for me, but I felt good and kept going.
For the first time in a race setting, I really enjoyed the out and back part. I watched the lead runner fly by and then looked out for other 501ers. I cheered for everyone I saw and it was so much fun. I saw another 8:xx and decided I shouldn't stop looking at my garmin. I still felt great and out of no where, we were at the turnaround.
I was then able to cheer for other 501ers behind me and before long I realized that it was almost time to finish. There were a few rolling hills which I didn't remember on the way out, but still hung with on the way back. Before long, we were coming back into the parking lot where the finish line was and I was getting tired. I knew there wasn't much left and I wouldn't let myself look at my garmin until I crossed the finish line. I didn't want to get in my own head about a possible PR.
So I actually managed to pick it up a bit and finish STRONG. I hit the stop on my garmin and took a few steps before I looked down at it: 28:43! PR by over a minute! I just felt SO GOOD!! When the official results were posted, I found that my time was actually 28:40! I was so excited. I've been putting a lot more 'oomph' into my training lately and it felt good to go out there and let loose.
I had to leave right away to get to a baby shower, but I did manage to run into a guy we ran the Iron Turkey 15K with in November. He was unmistakable with his mullet and barefoot shoes. He, Amanda and I chatted about pizza and burritos during the last three miles of that race. Fun to run into him again :)
Now, three days later, I'm still on the high. And to think, I told my husband a few months ago that I wouldn't run any more 5Ks, cause why pay for a measly 3 miles? Look how long this recap is! Almost as long as my first marathon recap!
So thanks for making it all the way through this story; I AM SO PROUD of my new PR and can't believe I averaged a 9:15 pace - I never thought I could do a 1/4 mile at that pace, let alone a 5K!!
Finishing Time: 28:40.9
Average Pace: 9:15
Age Group: 40/131