|Nicole, Aubs, and I|
After some lunch and a show by Tswift Alexander, we were headed out to warm up again. I felt terrible on the warm up, but I expected as much. This time Aubrey and Barb would join us. There was one other gal in the race that I knew would help with the pace this time. Ari Fisher, a former Toledo athlete with Nicole, and a 16:20 5k gal. So that made me excited to race. I hoped to go out around 5:16. The gun went of and Ari took the lead. Actually I was probably in 10th for 100m. Then I got around a group of ladies that were out way too hard and on the back of Ari. We were running perfect 79's. Just before the mile I got a little too close and clipped her heal. I apologized and after hearing 5:16, put in a big surge to try and make a break. I have to admit, the second I did it I thought "what the hell am I doing? That was way too soon! I won't be able to maintain this!!!" So I pressed as hard as I could and ignored the lap counter.
|Just after the break, and about 1300m to go.|
With 1k to go I heard my split was 78, and a former college teammate told me I had a 20 meter lead! I excitedly continued to push toward the finish. With 400m to go, I tried to make start a decent kick, but I didn't really have much left. Again since we haven't run anything over 400m at these paces it was hard to feel strong doing it! I won in 9:53, 27 seconds faster than last year, followed by Nicole in 2nd in 10:08, Ari finished in 10:11. The best part of the day was the 5th place finisher though! Aubrey ran 10:19 which is a 10 second lifetime PR!!! Barb finished up in 12:12 and a solid finish for her.
|Aubs, stud of the day, with a 10 sec PR!|
So we had a great start to the upcoming season, and I we are all excited to see where our fitness can go in the upcoming months! We will be back in action in January although we will be all over the place and not 100% sure where. Time to get back to training for now!