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The weather was not the best, 25 degrees, with big gusts of wind and a wind chill that made the temperature feel like 15 degrees. I headed to the race on my own, my family opting to stay home this time. I arrived at the race 45 minutes before the start, picked up my number and timing chip and made a bathroom stop. I relaxed for a few minutes, sipped on water and listened to music on my iPhone. With 20 minutes before the race, I headed out for my warm up. Because the race starts at Elizabethtown College, there was a track next to where the race was starting. I decided to do 10 minutes of very easy warm up, with a couple strides thrown in at the end. After a couple more sips of water, I headed to the start. I felt great, and ready to go. The wind was picking up, and I didn't want to wait around too long to start.
And then we were off! The first mile is challenging, because there is a significant hill from .75 to 1.1 miles. I was ready for it this time though, and my first mile split was 7:47. At this time, snow flurries had started, and the wind was hitting us pretty hard. I was grateful that this was only a 5K, and not a longer race. The second mile had a couple of small hills, and I felt like we were running into the wind, so second split was 7:54. I knew I had to pick it up in the last mile. The last mile has a couple of good downhills, so I was able to pick up the pace, and completed mile #3 in 7:35. I pushed it through the last .1 and my final time (according to my Garmin) was 24:23. So close to a PR, but not quite! (my PR is 24:10, on a flat course). This was still more than a minute faster than the 5K of last month, so I was happy with the result. I know if I stay healthy I can beat my time next month.
After the race, I headed back to the track and did a nice slow cool down for one mile. Then inside the building to stretch and sip more water. They had chicken soup for the runners, but since I don't eat meat, I did not partake in that. Too bad, hot soup would have actually tasted pretty good.
So, headed home with a smile on my face. Good improvement in the last month. I know a PR is in my near future.