The proceeds from this local race go to the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation (LBNF) to support programs for at-risk city youth. Some of the Sole Runners are members of LBNF so a group of us went out to support the race.
I'll be honest, the Green Girl went into this race with something to prove to the Wrigley River Run.
I was determined to not let Wrigley River Run history repeat itself - I would not go out too fast and I would do everything in my power to PR.
This week, I really pushed myself on my morning runs in Denver. I was convinced the short-term high altitude training would pay off.
The 10k started an hour before the 5k and runners who could finish the 10k in time had the option to run both.
I cheered on the 10k runners as they headed out onto the course.
Before the 5k, Coach Steve and I discussed my race strategy. He told me to really focus on Mr. Green Garmin and pace myself from the start. His confidence in me was comforting.
I immediately took a deep breath and slowed down. I focused on the ground directly in front of me and blocked out everything else.
The first mile felt great but fatigue started to set in on the second mile and by the time I reached the halfway point, I was fighting the urge to puke.
I had hoped to maintain a more consistent pace but I was all over the place. I would slow down to a 12:30 and then realize I needed to hustle. Then, I'd look at Mr. Green Garmin again and I'd be back at at 9:00 minute mile.
At the Finish Line, Mr. Green Garmin said 34:22. My PR from 2008 was 34:48.
Since the race wasn't chip timed and I didn't start in front, I had my doubts it would be an official PR but when the results were posted, my time was 34:41.
I had PR'd by 7 seconds!