On paper I should be happy. My unofficial 24:25 5k (7:52/mile pace) is a new PR. I was 4th female and 9th overall. I’m not sure what the final race participation was, but it was more than last year which the race website said was around 200 people.
Just for comparative purposes, I ran the same race last year in 30:11 and was 50th.
But first, the course was short according to my Garmin (again, like last year). And while I probably felt considerably better than I did running last year as a newbie runner, I still felt pretty crap. Basically, I ran my 10k pace from January, but I felt far better in that race.
I’m hoping that this is a function of where I am in marathon training. I’m not going to make excuses. But I am bummed it wasn’t a better time. It should be more in the low 23:xx or even high 22:xx on a great day. Today was neither. I let a woman pass me in the last .10 mile, which was just dumb.
I need to put it behind me for my 24-miler on Monday.