Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lakewood 5K ~ April 14, 2012

On April 14, 2012 I ran the Bridges to Recovery 5K through Lakewood. It’s the same route I’ve run in most of Lakewood’s 5K races, so there were no surprises and I knew it would be fast and flat.

On Friday night, I didn't know whether I would run this race or not. I was not pre-registered so I decided I wouldn't set my alarm and figured my body would tell me if I was supposed to run or not. To my surprise, I was up at 7:30 and ready to run! Steve was close behind and we headed to Lakewood Park. I called my mom & Rich to let them know I’d be running past their street at about 9:05 so they could be there with bells, whistles, Molly and Daisy (my biggest dog fans.)

The race began at 9 am and it was the smallest race I’ve run with barely 200 people. I started off fast (8:40 mile) and maintained a faster pace than usual. Having recently run a half marathon, I’m in better distance shape so 3.1 miles seemed like a breeze and my little legs were moving much faster than they’re used to. I very happily finished in
which is a personal record by 1:24! I have to say that a sub-28 minute 5K is pretty spectacular for me. I ran at a 9:02 pace, when I actually train at a 10:00 min/mile with occasional 8:00 min/mile sprints. Hooray for me!

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