A few weeks ago, I told you that I had a goal: to run a 5K in under 31 minutes. So I did actual speedwork (something I’d done only halfheartedly before — this time, I really concentrated on it) and really got myself ready for the race which took place on Saturday April 30.
I ran the race in 28:32.
That is definitely faster than I’ve ever that distance before! That’s less than a 9:30 pace, and I honestly didn’t think I could run faster than 10-minute miles.
But I did it.
At mile one, the volunteer said my time was 8:57, which I thought was crazy-fast. (Another runner told me later that he thought the time was off at the first mile.) At mile two, my time was 19:28. At that point, I figured I could slow down and still make my goal. But of course I didn’t. I kept pushing.
I was pushing the whole time, and I was really tired by the end.
But I did it. And I didn’t have bunion pain and I felt great.