I signed up for the Honor Connor 5k a few weeks ago. This was before my family and I decided to drive to Fern Lake in East Texas for Memorial Day Weekend. The race took place 35 minutes west of our house while the lake house was 3 hours east of our house. Funny, right? I enjoy experiencing new events and racing in different places, so the extra hour of driving was really no big deal.
I arrived in North Richland Hills at 7 a.m. The race start was at 8:30, so I sat in my car and listened to music for 30 minutes before beginning my warm up. 2 miles easy and some strides. I thought my warm up was short enough to keep me from pouring out sweat before the start of the race, but I was wrong. After strides, the sun shone with vengeance, and beads of sweat began to form.
From the beginning of the race, I felt off. 6:30 pace felt hard. I was out of breath from the start. Earlier in the week, I ran 20 200s at 5:30-6:00/mile and focused on running fast versus running hard. I did not feel fast for this 5k. When this happens, I give it all I’ve got and whatever time I end up with is the time I end up with. After about 200 meters, I was the female leader, so instead of focusing on my pace and new PR, I focused on holding my place as top female and on passing as many people as I could before the finish.
My splits…. Mile 1. 6:27. Mile 2. 6:36. Mile 3. 6:40. Finish. 5:30/mile pace.
1st Overall Female. 20:24.
After the race and after my 2 mile cool down, I planned to pick up my award early so I could start on my way to the lake. However, they put on such an awesome Post Race ceremony that I had to stay. I knew I would have regretted bowing out early. The performance by Trey Griffith, the fastest Cup Stacker in Texas was amazing. I was blown away by his speed and accuracy.
Shortly after Trey’s performance, the Overall Winners were called up on stage. We were wrapped in a smiley face flag (or cape), and awarded with a crystal plaque, a before/after coffee mug, a smiley face spatula, and some inspirational quote cards.
I had a great experience at the Honor Connor 5k. It was a truly inspirational event.
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