Great Bay 5k race recap

I recall thinking, after running the Great Island 5k two weeks ago, that I'd need to postpone my dreams of a sub-30 minute 5k to 2014, as no way could I run a fast (for me) 5k so soon after my ankle healing.

After yesterday's race, that goal is alive and well.

I awoke yesterday morning to below freezing temperatures. 28 degrees? Really? I pulled on a pair of tights I haven't worn since the early spring and added a long sleeved shirt, and brought along my brand new Great Island 5k hat to keep myself warm before the race.

Me ready to run the Great Bay 5k.
Ready for some fall racing!

The race started just after 9am, and while I felt cold when I started, I didn't feel terrible. I didn't feel terrible during the entire race, honestly. I kept at a steady pace of about 9:50 for the first two miles, and picked it up to about a 9:20 pace for the last mile. I couldn't believe how good I felt during the race, especially since I haven't been training and I sure haven't been running very consistently the last month and a half.

As I rounded the corner to the finish, I noticed my time and realized I could possibly finish the 5k in under 30 minutes. With the last .1 of a mile to go, I sped up, hoping to reach my goal. Even though I felt tired, I seriously hauled toward the finish.

I finished the race, and I glanced at my watch.


It wasn't sub 30, but it was a new PR. I looked again in disbelief. After my 34 minute 5k just two weeks ago, I finish this one in 30? I couldn't believe it.

My split times for the Great Bay 5k.
My splits.

I'm signed up for two more 5ks before the end of the year. I am so close to a sub-30 5k. I can do this.