I mentioned last week that I was running a race on Sunday, the Sea Dog 5K. I don’t normally get excited when I run 5K’s or 10K’s because I’m not really fast and I think of myself as more of a distance runner, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be fast, I do, I’m just not.
I signed up for the Sea Dog 5K as part of a series from Premier Racing Institute, which
includes 4 races, a 5K, a 10K, a 15K, and a half marathon. By signing up for the series, you save money AND you get to run a few races in the summer when marathons are pretty much extinct. (Not that you would want to run a marathon in the summer in Florida anyway…unless your cray cray, and in that case, have at it).
I also talked my neighbor Matt into running with me again and he signed up as well. We got to the brewery around 6:45am and with a 7:30 start time, we had loads of time to spare.
We stretched out a bit and then I hit the bathroom line. It was about a 10-15 minute wait but I met Cheryl who was very sweet and chatted with me the whole time.
About 10 minutes before start time, we lined up. What I like about the races that Premier Racing Institute organizes is that even though they are local races they have average pace times clearly marked at the start so that you can start in the appropriate
I went to the 9 minute pace group because I felt like I could run between a 9 and 9 and a half mile if I pushed a little. I didn’t want to be over-confident because the start time was 7:30 and I’m usually finished with my runs by that time. It was also going to be a ridiculously hot day. Two strikes already, oh joy.
When the horn blew we took off:
I decided to just run and have fun.
The course itself is unremarkable. It’s an out and back through some local streets. There is no great scenery but it’s just how I like em, fast and flat. I felt I was making good time but I didn’t realize how fast I was going until I passed these guys:
Anyway, I was feeling pretty good so I just let go and the time sort of slipped away….1 mile…..2 miles….holy heck, it’s almost over…..3 miles, we’re back at the start with only .10 to go. And then it happened, I crossed the finish line, AND I PR’d! And it was so sweet! My official chip time was 26:27 which is an average of 8:31 minute miles. 8:31! Thank you speed work, thank you hills of Virginia and thank you Walter White. I now rock the mid 8’s.
Cheryl, whom I met in the bathroom line and my friend Matt also PR’d with 25:45 and 20:30 respectively.
That’s me and Speedy Cheryl.
And here is Matt the Machine:
Overall, it was a great day. And I was fortunate enough to meet some really great people, (Cheryl and Kristen), who I hope to see at future races.
This was a fun race. It was a fast, flat, out and back course. The organizers did a great job even though I did not stay for the post breakfast, I have heard that it was fantastic and loads of fun with pancakes and beer. (It was the Sea Dog 5K, as in Sea Dog Brewery).
You can see me running in all dorked out at about the 5:46 mark, (I’m in the blue shirt, black shorts and fashionable knee brace, I did say dorked out, right?).
I will definitely put this race on my calendar for next year and I will also be continuing the speed drills and hill repeat,s because obviously, it works 😉
Did you run a race this weekend? Did you PR?