We made it to the turn around and headed back on the course. It was fun to see all the 10k runners still going out and a lot of them cheered for me and told me I was the first place female. Jeremy saw one of the doctors who helped him after his accident and they high fived. It was funny because I'd fallen about a step behind him but was closer to the other side of the road so I almost got clothes lined by their high five. Mile 4 was also 6:40 and as we neared the turn where we'd been directed incorrectly in years past I told myself even if they directed us the long way around I was going the correct way, but the police officer directed us the right way this year. I powered up the hill and Jeremy fell behind me. I figured he'd catch back up after the hill. I was still feeling strong and was excited that my legs weren't burning when the elevation finally leveled out like it has every other year I've run the 10k! I knew mile 5 would be slow due to the hill and focused on catching the guys ahead of me. I passed two of them pretty quickly after the hill and slowly started reeling in the next guy. Mile 5 was 6:59, I knew that meant a PR was out the window, exactly as I had expected, but I was excited I'd finally run that mile in under 7:00. It was the first time I've run that mile of the 10k under 7:00! I pulled up next the guy ahead of me with about a mile to go and we ran together the rest of the way. He'd pull away from me and I'd catch back up, then he'd pull away, and I'd catch up again. It was exactly what I needed to keep pushing that last mile. I told myself even though it wasn't possible to run a PR, I still wanted to run the 10k as fast as I could.
Toward the end of the race a police motorcycle pulled up beside us and led me to the finish. The guy pulled away from me again up the last little hill and once we crested it and turned the corner I took off and started catching him again. When I got beside him, he took off again, but I kept fighting. I didn't really care about beating him but I used him to help me push to the finish. When the finishing clock came into view I was so excited when I saw 41 minutes in the minute place. I knew I wasn't going to finish under 42:00 but I wouldn't be much over. I ran mile 6 in 6:46 and then finished out the last section of the race in 6:07 pace. It was fun to get to break the tape again. The guy I'd been racing beat me by a second and ran to the side of the finishing tape. We high fived as we walked through the chute. I was just so excited with how the race went! I finished in 42:12 which is only 23 seconds over my PR and that was on a totally flat course. Later my Garmin data wouldn't upload to Strava so I got on my computer to manually upload it and saw that miles 5 and 6 were both 6:40 pace grade adjusted! If the course had been totally flat like the Zoo Run where I ran my current PR, I would have run a PR even with a 5k already on my legs! I'm so excited about where I am right now and I still have 6 weeks of training to go before the half marathon! This was the 2nd fastest 10k I've ever run and was even faster than the 10k I ran on this course 2 years ago when I just ran the 10k!
|Jeremy finishing the 5k.|
|Thomas finishing the 5k.|
|Dad finishing the 5k.|
|Mom finishing the 5k.|
|Dad posing with my banner, they gave them to me to keep.|
|Me and Jeremy with our winnings.|