This past Saturday I ran in the 12th Annual Zachary Vigliotta Memorial 5K Run. This year’s race had 62 runners!
I woke up around 7am and had breakfast; my usual pre-race meal consisting of a corn bagel with almond butter and a glass of orange juice. I brought a travel mug of coffee and a banana with me to the race.
We headed up to the local high school to pick up our race packets by 8:30am. I didn’t do my regular pre-race routine of stretching and taping my knee because my husband took off with the van shortly after we arrived to run to the gas station. This completely threw me off my routine, but I did jog around the parking lot once and did a quick stretch before heading to the start line.
It was a cool morning, perfect running weather! My husband and older daughter both ran the 5K race as well. I had my music and GPS ready to go and lined up towards the front of the start line. After a moment of silence for Zach we were off!
The first 1.5 miles of this race is a steady uphill but I managed to keep a pace of 8:28 min/mile. I didn’t have a goal of setting a new PR in this race due to the uphill but did want to try to improve my time from last year. I had picked out a few runners ahead of me to try to catch and pass (this is my typical strategy). I was able to pass a handful of people in the first mile, then the incline became greater. I was passed by one runner I had just passed a few minutes prior. At this point the first 5 runners had reached the turn around and were headed back to the finish line. I could see the turning point up ahead and pushed myself to reach a runner I had been trying to catch up to.
I went around the cones and headed back towards the finish line. The majority of the second 1.5 miles is downhill and I was able to increase my pace to 7:40 min/mile. Two or three people passed me going down the hill and I let myself go a bit faster.
There is a 2 mile walk option for this race and with about one mile left until the finish line is where the walkers turn around. I remembered from last year having to weave in and out between the walkers and was not looking forward to it! However, this year the walkers seemed to be more accommodating and moved out of the way for the runners.
There was a girl trying to pass me for the last 3/4 of a mile so I went a bit faster, then she went a bit faster! We turned the final corner towards the finish and again I made my legs go faster, I could tell she did too. We both sprinted as fast as we could towards the finish line. I managed to get the tongue depressor just before she did! However, as I reached for it she shoved me hard to the side and I crashed into the runner who had just crossed before me.
My phone time said 25:20 min and I finished in 26th place overall. I was happy with this time and felt that I had a good chance of being in the top 2 for my age group. I walked around a bit, grabbed a water and a banana and headed back to the finish line where my husband had just crossed. We chatted with my mother-in-law and son for a few minutes. My son and I then headed back out on the course to find my older daughter who had run the 5K as well. She was not happy that we went to meet her, so I let her finish on her own.
Next up was the kids’ race! My son ran with the 7-8 year old group which is once around the baseball field. The grass was wet from the rain the night before and Dylan went down around the first turn! He quickly got up after being passed by all the other runners. He was able to pass one girl by the next turn, a boy by the third turn and headed for the final girl in home stretch. It was a photo finish!
The awards ceremony quickly followed the kids’ race. The 1st place overall male ran the 5K in 15:35 min and 1st place overall female in 23:20 min! I ended up placing first in my age group with an official time of 24:47! Only 18 seconds off my personal best and 1:17 min faster than my time at last year’s Vig 5K.
My son won 1st place for his race as well! My husband set a new personal record at this race with a time of 27:09 min.
Did you run a race this weekend? Set any new personal records?
This post is a part of the Fitness Friday Link-up at Running Bloggers.