On Saturday morning, I headed to downtown Baltimore to participate in the Fiesta 5k. It was a large race of about 1,500 runners/walkers to benefit the Robert Packard ALS Center at Johns Hopkins University. I originally signed up intending to run it with the NSSLHA group from school, but I ended up being the only person to sign up. I have a friend whose Dad passed away from ALS last year who had hoped to run as well, so I ran much of the race thinking of her Dad. I never met him, but from what I’ve heard, he seemed like an amazing person who was taken much too soon by ALS.
The race itself was really great, and I went in super excited to (hopefully) meet my April goal of finishing in under 30:00. It was a flat course that ran from Powerplant (a popular bar area in the Inner Harbor), through Harbor East, Fells Point and back. While there was next to zero spectator support and someone definitely had gotten sick on the course the night before (EW!) it was super enjoyable. I got my first mile split at 9:05 and thought “holy crap, I can do this!”. I struggled to keep my pace up and pushed the whole way. I was shocked when I finally crossed the finish line!
The clock said 27:39 – WHAT?! That was only 12 seconds slower than the PR I set 5.5 years ago! I patiently sat around, eating, while waiting for the official results to be posted…my chip time was 27:28! Just 1 second off of my PR! I was (and still am) in disbelief that I blew my goal of 30 minutes out of the water. However, I can’t help but be a little bummed that I couldn’t shave off just two more seconds to earn a new PR! I’m sure going to try to get it next weekend – but I expect the race course to be hilly so I don’t see that happening.
Next up for me is the Active Minds’ Outrunning Stigma 5k next Saturday! I’m going out the night before, so I can’t expect to run amazingly…I’m also trying to decide what half I’m going to run in the fall! I need to decide and then plan other races, and trips to Maryland around it.
Gun time: 27:40
Chip time: 27:28
Place: 310 overall, 44 in age group