I PR'd today in the 5K. I hit my goal of 27:xx (at least by my Garmin) with a 27:38. I also peed myself.
The race was at Harvard Square starting at 9 am. I was very glad today was cooler than it was a week or two ago, as that's a little late to start a summer race. It was also gray and drizzly at the start so I was chilly in my tank and shorts.
I tried something new for this race - running a mile to warmup before the start. I wish I could say that it had a positive impact on my performance but I don't think it did. I don't think it had a negative impact, just neutral. A full mile might be a little much for me on the mental side - getting myself too hyped up before the actual race.
I got to the race which had a good amount of people - probably 2-300. My garmin was ready, my iPod was not. I was trying to get to a playlist for my prior 5K but everything was so wet that the circle thing wasn't working. Finally got it set just as we were about to start.
The start was the standard - air horn goes off, people start walking as everybody gets jammed crossing the start. I kick myself out and go all out - Mile 1: 8:44. Things seem to be going okay, course is relatively flat.
Then the hills come. There were three hills to climb in the course and I swear to God that even though we were on a loop course it never felt like we got to go down any hills - not fair! I pushed myself up those hills best I could although I definitely admit I felt my motivation lagging a bit when I faced the third hill.
Ran past the water stop, and shortly after that I started to feel like I needed to pee. Still about a mile and a half to go, I thought I could maybe make it. Nope. Immediately after I started feeling it and even thought about stopping to borrow a bathroom (we were in a residential area), the pee started. And this wasn't a trickle - it was a flow. I have no idea how the people around me reacted. I just kept going.
Mile 2: 9:05. A little tough mentally (especially in the second half with thoroughly wet shorts).
I could see that I was on track for a PR. I wanted it, wanted to prove to myself I could do it. I didn't have the drive to really pick it up but I did think I could hold on for the next 1.1 miles. There was a tall guy next to me that I tried to hold on to and pass but didn't, but it was definitely a good motivating factor.
Mile 3: 8:47. Just a little more, if I could hold on, I would PR. I picked it up just a little, and that last .1 was 8:13. Not a full sprint, but pretty nice.
I crossed the finish line and unlaced the chip on my shoe. I had made the mistake of lacing it too high on my shoe and the edge cut into the top of my ankle. I didn't hang around for my banana or free beer and just started walking back to where my car was. Thank goodness I had parked at my gym; I borrowed a towel to put underneath me when I got home.
How do I feel with this PR? Good...I guess? I don't know, maybe the focus on the pee part has got me a little out of it. I will say that I pushed myself hard on this. I crossed the finish line with very little left in the tank. This one felt almost miraculous to pull out, which makes me think too hard about what my next 5K will be. Will I succeed as well? Given the conditions for this one, I think I will.