3 weeks after my first 5K, I pinned another bib on and headed to the start line. This time I wasn't just going to finish...I was going to get a beer at the end! That's right, this race was at a brewery and there was a live band and beer waiting for me at the finish. What better motivation to hurry through 3.1 miles in the blazing sun?!?!
I have been training at around a 12 minute pace and knew that the course was a little flatter than my first race. However, it was also 10-15 degrees hotter, which forced many to slow down, and several to need medical attention.
The first .25 mile was slow--weaving in an out of the walkers who decided it was a good idea to start near the front. But, by around the .50 mile mark, I had found a clearing and settled into a nice pace. When I got to the first mile mark, the time said 12:18. However, that was gun time and I knew that it took me close to a minute to even reach the start line. So, I was doing well.
I walked through the water station at 1.5 miles because I have not yet mastered the drinking while running thing. But, then I was back to it. There was a second unofficial water stop just after 2 miles, and many of us took advantage of that. It was hot and the course was almost all sun.
It was an awesome day and I felt pretty good. As I approached the finish, the time on the clock was still reading 36 minutes and change. I knew I had a new PR! My official time was 35:39! A full 2:10 off my previous race. I was so excited. To top it off, my friend won the race (not a big surprise-she's won several this year!). We had a beer, some food and enjoyed the weather.