I will go ahead and say, I’m not a fan of the 5K. My last 5K was November 2012 in Mobile over Thanksgiving. I haven’t really wanted to race one since I’ve come back from hip surgery, but figured I needed to so that Jess could get an idea of where we should start with my marathon training.
The Singleton 5K (and 10K) are part of the Atlanta Track Club Grand Prix Series, so another free race for me. I debated on which distance to do originally, but after making plans to meet one of my best girlfriends and her daughters at the aquarium on Saturday morning, the 5K really did seem best.
Of course, as for my luck lately, the forecast was rain. The race was in Norcross, GA (a burb of ATL) and it took me about 30 minutes to get to the race. I wanted to give myself enough time for a 3 mile warmup, get my bib and bathroom stop.
I headed out for the warmup run and apparently got a bit lost in my thoughts. I looked at my watch and realized I had gone to far and missed my turn back towards the race. Talk about panic. I picked up the pace a bit because how terrible would it have been to drive all the way the hell up there and miss the actual race!?!?
Luckily, I wasn’t as far off as I had thought and I still had a few minutes to do my drills/stretches and waited for the start. I lined up towards the front, knowing in my head based on my 10K a few weeks ago that I should be able to PR.
I started out feeling good. The pace felt easy. I was slightly worried I was going out way too fast, but I knew I needed to just take the risk.
I had been warned that the race had 3 culdesacs in it. YES. 3 of them. Each of the culdesacs seemed to go downhill, make a turn at the bottom and then come back up hill. Not exactly ideal for a PR type of race. The only benefit was counting the females ahead of me. A LOT of ATC competitive singlets, but there were only 5. A good sign.
Having to slow down to turn in the tiny circle on wet pavement kinda sucked and I definitely lost momentum on the turns. By mile 2.5 I was ready to be done. You can tell it in my time that I was tired, but I knew at this point in the race that I was going to have a PR and wanted to keep pushing.
I crossed the finish line, apparently entertaining the volunteers with my typical “holy shit that was hard” commentary (I swear I think I forget I’m talking out loud) and was super pumped with my time.
Based on the official time, it’s exactly a 30 second PR. Apparently, almost everyone ahead of me was in my age group. No award for me, but points for the Grand Prix Series. I’ll take it.
I will again say it, ATC events are great. Plenty of volunteers, course well marked, free for me ($10 for non members) and a great post race box of goodies.
Overall, I’m glad I raced the 5K. I know I have more in me. It’s just finding the right course and learning how to race the 5K.
Would you choose the 5K or 10K if you had the option? If it was raining and free, would you have skipped it?