Today was the Milford Road Runners annual Winter Wonderland 5 miler. I was super excited because it was the first race I was able to do with my friend Steph. I working on convincing her to do a marathon in the fall and this was her first race over a 5K. (btw she loved it and is accepting my game plan of a 10K next). I also got to run with her friend Lauren who was another fun runner to meet. Today was her first road race also and she too is in love. All three of us are planning on a St. Patty's day race next!
I started the day with a 5 mile warm up. I wanted to get in at least 10 miles today. My weekly mileage was down because of the less than awesome weather we have been having. But I figured 10 miles would be at least longish enough.
It was a nice day for a run. Sunny and low 30s. We haven't had weather like that in WEEKS. It felt downright balmy and we worried about sunburn. The race itself was pretty hilly, but a great course. I've been running on slushy icy roads so that is what I was pretty much prepared for. However, these roads were dry and wide and perfect. A runner's winter dream come true. It reminded me that I typically LOVE winter running!
The first mile went by faster than I am used to. I always find that the first mile seems to take forever, regardless of speed, but I think my awe at the weather and day itself put me into a runner's bliss.
Mile 1 (7:12)
Mile 2 was another flat and fast mile. I started to feel like I was passing people at this point and moving towards the front of the pack. I felt good and went with it.
Mile 2 (7:17)
The next 3 miles were still fun, but were hillier. I also started to feel too warm and wished I had worn a lighter weight top. I was back and forth with another female runner and in the end she beat me (and ended up being in my age group). I still don't think I went out too fast even though my splits indicate that I did. It really was a downhill course at the start and uphill at the end. There is one hill that I might have wasted a bit too much energy on, but overall it was a good race.
Mile 3: 7:43
Mile 4: 7:33
Mile 5: 7:53
Finishing Time: 38:03; 7:30 pace. Not a PR (by about 20 seconds) so that's a bit disappointing. However, I had been feeling very slow this week so this definitely made me feel better.
It was good enough for 6th female overall and 2nd in my age group. Official results aren't up yet, but I did get the sweetest trophy!