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For the last several years, we've been coming down to Hilton Head for the Fourth of July holiday and starting about 3 years ago, I started running in be Firecracker 5000--a local 5k with about 1,500 (!) runners! A little different from home, huh?!
My goal every year has been the same--place in my age group. I've been oh so close every year but not quite gotten there--until this year.
The race was in a new location this year and it was perfect. Mostly because it was within walking distance to where we are staying so I used the walk over as my "warm-up". As I have before most races lately, my legs just weren't feeling it before hand. It was SUPER hot, I'd been on the beach all day Friday (poor me, right?), and I was out of my normal race morning conditions. I didn't put much stock in meeting my goal and just told myself to go out and have fun.
Cue to the start of the race--as soon as I get my adrenaline pumping, it's on. Once the gun went off, I knew it was going to be a good race. It was crowded at the start but about a quarter mile in, it let up and I started picking people out left and right to pace off of. As soon as I passed them, I'd move on to the next. I think a combo of this and the new course kept my mind from thinking about pace and how bad my legs were burning. ;)
To be honest, I had no clue what my pace even was. I don't know that I even looked down at my watch once the entire race. All of the miles came fast and before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line. When I looked down at my watch and the clock at the finish line, I was SHOCKED. My 5k PR has been 21:45 FOREVER. I've gotten close lately but haven't quite broken it.
Umm, beach running is clearly good to me. I couldn't believe I not only beat my PR but CRUSHED it. Never in my wildest DREAMS did I think I'd PR Saturday.
I think one of the big motivating factors for me was that I was put in the "Zina" category--145 pounds and over. I was over the cutoff by 2 pounds. I've only ran a few races with a weight category and I'm not a fan. I know some are but I'm old school and think that weight shouldn't matter in running. That being said, I was a) not only going to win my category but b) win my age group too.
Well folks, I did. I FINALLY broke through and won! I've never thought my weight was a big deal with running and still don't. This Zina can run fast and that's all that matters. I won Zina by 4 minutes and would have won my age group (25-29) by a solid 30 seconds. Take that.
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Have a great Tuesday everyone! I'm off for a run and another day at the beach!