What a gorgeous, temperate morning along the riverfront in Shenandoah, VA.
We ran 5 miles along the Shenandoah River. Five hilly miles. The Baltimore 10 miler had nothing on these hills. I might even venture to say that this 5 mile race was my most challenging race to date. The distance is fine, I have no issues running 5 miles, but the hills were killer!
Though this was more of a relaxing destination race for me, I’m always interested in a PR time. And…I did PR! By a huge margin — my best 5 mile race (and only other…) before this was Al’s Run, with a finish time of 47:20. The Shenandoah Riverfront race time was 42:37. Almost 5 minutes faster!!!
Here are the splits:
Mile 1: 8:33
Mile 2: 8:34
Mile 3: 9:25
Mile 4: 8:50
Mile 5: 8:05
I calculate all time using the Nike+GPS app on my iPhone. The GPS is sometimes spotty, but it catches up. While I’m running, it gives me a good indication of my pace and time. I’ve loved using it for races this year!
Mile 3 was the toughest (see the crazy change in time?). It was uphill, then a right turn, more uphill, then a left turn and uphill around a bend. Physically, I felt fine, but mentally, it totally threw me for a loop. I even started breathing shallowly, which messed me up for that entire mile.
But I recovered quickly, thanks to Shane being there and offering encouragement (he ran the whole thing with me, but I know he could’ve raced much faster).
The last mile was speedy, and felt amazing. There was a section of it down a hill, and then at one point, I could see the finish cones. I made a mad dash for the finish. I love sprinting to the end – it’s my favorite part of a race. No matter the distance, no matter how tired I feel, I get this rush of adrenaline that carries me through the finish.
Shane and I even won some of the door prizes from local businesses! I got this LED light and Shane won a steering wheel cover and other accessories for the car. Silly and sweet!