On Thursday, here in Tampa (where I am working / having a blast at NALP’s 2013 Annual Conference), I ran a 5k. It was perfect because I was scheduled to run my last run before the Nike 1/2 (on Sunday) on Thursday. I wanted a nice, leisurely run that would keep my legs loose for Sunday’s race and figured this 5k fun run would be just that. Given that we (NALP Staff) have been burning the midnight oil — and the 6:00am staff meeting oil — I wasn’t expecting a fast race. We had attended our Member Celebration the previous night and were out pretty late.
5k morning I awoke at the gloriously late hour of 5:15am and headed down to the race sight. The sun wasn’t up yet and the weather was glorious. All the NALP staff that were running started after all our members and we started passing groups of people. I looked at my GPS and realized we were running a 10:30 pace, which is always my goal pace. Then, we kicked it up a notch. I felt great and as the sun came up, it was beautiful to run along the water to welcome the morning.
I knew we had passed quite a few folks as we were running, but once we crossed the finish, I was shocked to see that my GPS said that I had run an average pace of 9:30/mile. I have not run a 5k that fast in my adult life. I have no idea how that happened, but am considering it a good omen for the race on Sunday. Wish me luck!
Anyone else out there running the Nike Women’s 1/2 on Sunday in DC? Holla at ya girl!