Sunday, July 29, 2012

Paint the Streets 5K 2012: My Return to 5K Racing

I ran the Paint the Streets 5K on Saturday, July 28, 2012.  I decided it was finally time to try racing a 5K again after an 8-month hiatus.  My last 5K was the Turkey Trot, and I've only done a few 10Ks since then too.  I intended to do several 5Ks this summer, but after the Minnesota Marathon, I was injured and had to take some time off from running and then racing while I healed and recovered.

This race was a clean sweep of the top 3 women's spots for the Fleet Feet Racing Team.  My teammates Caitlyn and Jillian finished 1st and 2nd respectively.  I was 3rd.  I am extremely happy with this ranking, since there were two girls right on my heels that I managed to stay ahead of.  I am also happy with my time of 20:18.  It is only 3 seconds slower than my winning time in this race last year.  I felt pretty good throughout the race which surprised me because my warm up was horrible!  I would love a chance to improve on this time in another 5K soon.

20:18 8th OA, 3rd OA Female

These pictures are courtesy of a great local guy, Gregg Gelmis from We Run Huntsville, who takes photos throughout the race.

Start line (I am towards the right in pink shoes, second row)

I could feel my competition closing in as we finished the race!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your race and placement! Good surprises are always nice :)