Sunday, June 29th I ran the San Jose Sharks Fitness Faceoff 5k. I had ran the race last year and set my 5k PR. I ran the 2013 race in 24:52 and was hoping to beat that time. I have been trying to work on my speed, but I don’t run 5ks often and wasn’t sure how my shorter distance running was impacted. (I’m normally a longer distance runner)
The race started at 8:15am. The Zamboni’s were out at the decorated starting line which I thought was super cute.
SJ Sharkie, the Shark’s mascot, was also out.
It was a pretty warm morning. It was in the 70’s. I felt good, but slept horrible the night before. I wasn’t really sure how my body would react. Since it was a family race it was a free-for-all for lining up at the start line. I tried to position myself close enough to the front to be able to actually run. I had to bob and weave a little in the beginning, but the course was nice and wide.
I ran the first mile in 7:57 and realized that beating my PR was a possibility. There was one water stop along the way, but I didn’t stop. I just kept going and going. I didn’t slow or stop until I crossed the finish line.
23:57! I took almost a whole minute off my PR time! I couldn’t believe it. Never in my life did I imagine I would ever run under an 8 minutes mile…let alone multiple miles. It feels really good to see that my hard work is actually paying off.
I took 4th in age group which for me is REALLY good. The race bling for this race is great. The medal is good quality and big. I had a blast and highly recommend the San Jose Sharks Fitness Faceoff 5k.
I love the joy of a new PR. How about you?