|Everybody after the race.|
During the 2nd mile I started catching up to a guy wearing an Incredibles onesie, the race theme was onesies which is what they were calling footie pajamas for adults. I felt like I had slowed down after the first mile some but not considerably. We made it to the turn around and I decided to skip the champagne. I told myself if my position as far as females went seemed pretty set and I was going to be around 21:00 I'd grab some champagne, but since I was having such a good race I decided to go for a fast time instead. I caught up to the guy in the Incredibles onesie right after the turn around. When I pulled up beside him he sped up so I just stuck with him for a while. I missed my 2nd mile split but guessed I was around 6:40. I was hopeful I hadn't slowed down too much and felt like I really hadn't. I knew I'd be under 21 minutes but wasn't sure by how much, I was assuming not that much, maybe 20:40ish. I took off during the 3rd mile and felt great. I was excited that I was feeling so good. I wished I knew what my 2nd mile was but just pushed as much as I could even though I didn't have a really good idea of what time I might be able to finish in. Jeremy was wearing his light up vest and gloves so I could see him really well and focused on maintaining the gap between us.
As I was crossing the bridge to go back to the other side of the river the fireworks started going off. I remembered watching the fireworks on the west side of the river as I ran toward the finish line the year I finished in 20:29 so I thought I was going to finish slower than that. The fireworks were still going off as I made it to the other side of the river which was awesome because it was like I was running to the fireworks to finish! They were still going off when I had a half-mile to go and I was feeling really strong. I started picking the pace up some more. I went through the 3rd mile in 6:30 but I don't remember seeing that mile split either, I don't think I looked at it. I turned the corner toward the finish and saw 20:04 on the clock. I was really excited and took off sprinting. I finished in 20:24, an average of 6:32 per mile. My 2nd mile split had been 6:37 and I ran the last portion of the race in 6:10 pace. I was really excited that I ran so much faster than I had expected! That was a course PR for me! My previous fastest time was 20:29 and that was a year when I was already doing speed work! I think my time shows that I haven't lost fitness from this fall, just some speed and I'm picking that back up pretty quickly. That makes me really excited about what lies ahead this spring. Last spring I didn't run that fast in a 5k until the St. Patrick's Day 5k which I ran in 20:25! I'd really love to be able to bust a sub-20 at the St. Patrick's Day 5k this year. I've never put together a really solid race there and I'd love this year to be the year!
|Mom and dad with the fireworks in the background.|
|Cool picture of Thomas with his light up gloves before the race.|