April 21, 2012

Race Report: First Flight 5k

Since this was just the first race of an Outer Banks weekend double-header, no time for a full race report, so I'll just give a quick recap and some pictures. The First Flight 5k was a warm-up to tomorrow's half marathon. Even though my hip hurt a bit last night, it was all systems go this morning and the race went much better than expected.

Going out fast, I hit the first mile marker in sub-6:00 pace, so I knew I needed to pull back a little bit, especially with the hill to come. I maintained a fairly consistent pace up the front of the Wright Brothers Memorial hill, cresting at around mile 1.25 and flying off the back side, moving into 4th place. I held that for most of the race, but slowly lost ground to the front three. Excited to be back on the road, I went out too fast and knew I'd have some trouble finishing strong. I was passed by a couple runners in the last quarter mile, too bad since I absolutely hate being passed with the finish line in sight.

In the end though, no real hard feelings on "what if" since I finished in 6th place and crushed my previous PR by 46 seconds...someone check the course distance. Not bad following a long winter layoff and injury woes.

Running past the Memorial. Jump for joy, a PR!

The Results

5k :   19:12  |  6:12/mile
Placing:    Overall 6th  |  Age Group 1st

1st place age group! That hill wasn't so bad.