This will be short. I had a tough time today. My asthma was acting up, which often happens to me when it's cold or I'm sick. Today it was cold and I was sick, so it's not shocking that I had issues.
My official time was 18:49. I ran as fast as I could today, but given more ideal circumstances I'm pretty sure I could run faster. I'm pleased though. Breaking 19 again makes me feel like maybe it wasn't just a fluke last time. The race was super competitive. I was only the 6th female finisher. I would have thought breaking 19 at a small local 5k would be fast enough to earn at least a third place.
I could tell before the race even started that it was going to be crazy. There were a ton of people in running club jerseys, and they brought their game faces. It was a little intimidating actually. These runners looked tough and old school. (And apparently they were every bit as tough as they looked.)
It was definitely a great race. It's the same course as the turkey trot I run every year, but today it was accurate (not long like on turkey day). I've figured out that the course is only long on the days that they also have a 10k race. If there's only a 5k for the day, the course is accurate, and fast. There's one small uphill in the first half mile, but then there's a bit of downhill for about half a mile, and the remainder is flat.
Now I have to start thinking about my half marathon in two weeks! Yikes! I don't feel prepared at all...