You and me both, Dubya. Except maybe I accomplished mine a little more.
7:27, 7:49, 7:37, 6:43 for the nubbin. 23:33. 1st place female.
D was pretty pleased with my time.
I am pleased with my splits. I dragged in the middle, yes, but I managed to pull it out at the end. Go me. I think if I'd had a few more people around to help drag me in, I'd have run a bit faster. This time is similar to the end of 2012, when I was in 4 hour marathon shape. Obviously I don't have the endurance back yet, but I have some (for me) speediness. My goal of being sub-23 by the end of the summer is totally feasible. I'm pumped.
I fueled for this race with a ridiculously cheesy pizza and a couple beers the night before. I had a banana, a gel, and coffee before the race. Breakfast of champions. I also decided to be slightly responsible and warm up before the race! That's new. I ran for a few minutes and did 2 strides so my legs knew what fast felt like. Did it help? Probably not as much as the huge amount of caffeine I consumed (gel had caffeine too + coffee. Yikes), but it got my blood flowing.
My plan of attack for the next couple months remains the same, since clearly something is working (or... I'm just losing a few pounds and running semi-frequently). I'll do "speedwork" at least once a week, get in a longish (6 mile) run at least once a week, and include 1 day of HIIT to get my cardiovascular system in better shape. My 5K PR is 22:24. It's a big leap to go from 23some to 22some, but I am optimistic.