Oak Hill 5k – 18:29
When I saw Oak Hill Elementary’s “Run For FUNds” 5K on the race calendar (5/1), I made sure to sign up this year. Last year, I missed the race, as I ran through the course during a 15 mile long run. It’s an easy course and an easy field. Only a handful of the 200+ runners break 20 minutes. It’s one of those family/school-oriented 5Ks. Thus, I left the suspicious do rag at home. 😉
Another race. Another PR. My 18:29 beat my last 5K and PR of 19:12 at the Crystal City Twilighter. I knew I would crush it. My mileage has been really good lately. And, my transition to forefoot striking has made my running much easier, faster, and more enjoyable. I know that I’ll be taking down this 18:29, sooner or later.
My goal for this race was to run close to sub-6:00s the whole way. While I didn’t quite do it, according to my Garmin (5:54 6:08 6:05 + 0:21), I did run well. My Garmin recorded 3.07 miles. That’s fine. The runner I drafted behind for 3 miles did a great job of running the tangents from traffic cone to traffic cone. Hey, it counts. I eventually passed him in the final ~0.1 miles, and as I did, I told him that I was just trying to break my time (which was going to happen anyways). He wanted me to pass a few times earlier, but I just wasn’t sure I could pass him and hold on to 3rd place for a longer stretch.
It’s kind of weird running on the road for 3.0* miles, then finishing on grass for the final ~100 yards. It was hard to keep the pace up during the transition. I know I slowed a tad in that final stretch.
All in all, it was an enjoyable, low key event close to home. I got to meet some local runners, putting faces to names I’ve read in other race results. Now they know me too.