It’s Race Day Here in Dilworth

I laced up my kicks bright and early this morning, with butterflies in my stomach, and my trusty “I’d Rather be Running” playlist blaring in my ears. I mentally prepped for this 5k for about 3 days, because the Yiasou Greek Festival course is heralded as the flattest race in Charlotte and I was on the hunt for a PR.

You see, I tend to really hype myself up for races, whether they’re short-n-sweet 5k’s or grueling half marathons. For me, there is no such thing as leisurely running a race: it’s race pace or bust. No run with a bib on my chest is taken lightly.

So I stepped up the starting line with a belly full of carbs, my heart beating out of control, and visions of crossing the finish line feeling on top of the world.

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Well, things didn’t go exactly according to plan. I kicked off the first 30 seconds of the race stuck behind a pack of slower joggers, who acted like a barricade standing between me and my target first mile split. I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. But I managed to weasel through them and get my pace back on track. That is, until I hit a wall around mile 2. My legs were like balloons slowly deflating and a demon side-cramp creeped up out of nowhere. I was not having fun. No lies, I even considered throwing in the towel and taking a detour off the track to sneak on home (just kidding). But just as I wanted to quit, I saw my sweet boyfriend standing on the street corner cheering me on. And that quick glance was the power surge I needed to send me soaring towards the finish line.

That moment of euphoria was short lived though, when I realized I wrapped up my race with a time of 23:05 (a minute and 8 seconds slower than last year). Womp womp… But even though I didn’t walk away with that coveted PR, I managed to impress myself in two ways: 1) I kicked off the first mile with a time of 6:55 (and for dedicating only 2-3 weeks to training, I need to pat myself on the back for this), 2) In the last 100 yards of the race, I had a sprint-off with this one dude that was buggin’ me the whole race. And obvi he ate my dust. 😉

Overall, this race was an eye opener for me. A wake up call that I’ve got my work cut out for me for the next eleven weeks as I train for the Charlotte Half-Marathon. But I do feel super energized and fueled to tackle the challenge. Next up: the SC Aquarium Turtle Trek 5k in Charleston in two weeks!

RACE STATS:

7th place F25-29
29th place Female
131st place Overall

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