Another 5k with a goal of going sub 25 minutes, I missed it by 17 seconds. An overall time that is worse than the race running on grass and clay! It was mainly, because I started out too fast and did not know the course. The latter had more to do with it, but they never posted the course. Beginner errors, but oh well.
This race started at the Virginia Zoo and was an out and back loop. Overall a nice morning run. We are getting a bit more streamlined with getting M up feed, changed, etc and feeding again before the race.
Mile one — 7:44 minute mile, a little fast, but not something I couldn’t handle, but I knew I needed to slow down.
Mile two – 8:30 with water stop, a little slow, but I thought I could make up the different.
Mile 3 – 8:15, I spent this mile deciding on when to open my stride, I did so a quarter-mile out, but that was too late.
I finished at 25:17, 3rd in my age group, 50th out of 500 runners. Not too bad, but I missed my goal. I have decided to take June and July as months to train, pick up my weekly mileage and add some intense speed work.
We spent the reach of the morning and early afternoon taking M through the zoo. She loves the giraffe and black bear exhibits.