Sunday, September 12, 2010

Talk about a confidence boost

Saturday Bruno and I woke up early to participate in the Chick-fil-a 5k in Sterling, VA. I hadn't ran a race since the crapiness that was the Carribbean Sounds 10k (their course was terrible and was the incorrect distance making my time seem worse then it actually was). I've been training with my Ragnar team once a week and running 2-3x more on my own every week. Since I've been training at about the same pace for a few months and mixing in some hills, I really wasn't sure where I would be when it came to race time. Well I'll tell you what, this weekend I kicked ass, if I do say so myself.

I ran the 5k in 27:28, giving me a mile pace of 8:50. I couldn't believe it! I mean, I was checking my watch and keeping track during the entire race and I knew I was running a little quicker then I train at, but I didn't think it was that big of a difference. To give you an idea, I train at a 9:40 pace. Yeah. It's just really a confidence boost because after all the leg workouts I've been doing and running with my team, I really didn't feel like I was making any progress. I just felt like I was at a standstill. So this weekend was really great. I don't know if it was the atsmosphere of the race or the free Chick-fil-a at the end, but I felt good.

I have my Ragnar Relay in 2 weeks, and I cannot believe it! I'm nervous and excited. My first leg is pretty rough (6.9mi with 2 big hills) but the other 2 legs are relatively easy. I think our team has done really great and I'm really confident in how we'll do in the race. It's going to be quite an adventure, that's for sure!