This morning I ran the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Memorial 5K. The race benefited the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation which is a group that helps families of slain officers and helps pay for funerals and memorials for officers killed in the line of duty. This was my first race in over a month, so it was nice to be running again in a race. There’s something special about pinning that number on your chest. This race is also my blog entry for the Automattic World Wide Word Press 5K.
One is the loneliest number……
The course for this race wound around the campus of Wake Forest University here in Winston Salem. It was a nice course, but not a very well marked one. Thankfully there were police at the intersections but several times I had to ask which way to go. I talked to the overall female winner and her and some of the other top 4 actually missed a turn on the course, she ended up with an impossibly fast time of 16 minutes and change, but they still gave her the award (which I feel she deserved, it wasn’t her fault).
I took this from my car as I was leaving, but we passed this library very early in the course, probably about a half mile. Shortly after this point we hit a wicked fast downhill, I could actually feel myself holding myself back. I looked down at the Garmin shortly before one mile and was shocked to see my pace at 10:20. I ended up finishing the first mile in 10:34, which is my fastest one mile time by nearly a minute. I did throttle back a little at this point so as not to burn myself out, but the course helped as well with some uphills on the back half. I don’t know if it’s good mentally, but I was running the math in my head, and I’m like I have 27 minutes to finish 2 miles and PR, so that’s 13:30 per mile. So now I’m psyching myself up for a PR, and then I would be disappointed if I didn’t. My second and third miles were slower, but not excessively slow. 11:34 and 11:40.
Finish line! I made it! And I RAN the entire distance. No walking breaks! Another first, so not only set a time PR, but my first “running” 5K. Double PR! What does it mean!
I must have done a great job cutting the corners since the course measured short on my Garmin, but the time at the end matched my Garmin, so I am gonna call it Official and I trust the Twin City Track Club to get the distance right. Beat my previous best time (37:10) by 3 full minutes, so a minute a mile faster. Unreal!
Other than the course being poorly marked, it was a great race and for a great cause. Thank you to the Winston Salem Police Department, Wake Forest University Police and Forsyth County Sheriffs for maintaining the course and also for their service to the community!