I started the Spring racing season fat and sassy, which also happened last year. This always makes me nervous because I know the more I weigh the slower I am. That coupled with the fact that I had done no speedwork leading into this race promised me that I would not be coming anywhere close to a PR, so I made my goal to run the ASH dash faster than I did it last year.
The big difference this year would be that I would be running it side by side with my husband. He said that if I ran it slower than last year, I could blame it on him .
Our whole family loves this race because of the Easter bunny is there, it has an egg hunt that doesn’t exclude older kids, the course is flat, it has awesome bunny trophies and it helps the Austin State hospital patients which is a great cause.
Now for the race. Race day weather wasn’t bad mid 60 and overcast. My strategy for this one was little different. Andrew does better with even or progressive pacing so my goal was to run it as evenly as possible..with a pace around of around 7:23 (just fast enough to beat last year). First mile went by quickly and we pace it perfectly 7:23, second mile we both started feeling it but we actually ran it a little faster 7:17, I was dying during the last mile (which is how I always feel at the end of a 5K) but we managed a 7:23 and we picked it up at the end and sprinted to the finish at a 6:48 pace. Our finish time was 23:22, 9 seconds faster than last year and much more fun because I got to share the race with experience with my husband.
Our time was fast enough for me to earn a 2nd in AG award and Andrew a 3rd in AG award. Two bunnies!! Yay!!
The kids haven’t been running much lately, so they took it pretty easy and just enjoyed the race and the post race egg hunt. I think the fact that they want to run 5Ks and look forward to them is awesome, can’t and won’t ask for more than that from them. I am hoping these races build a life long love of running and the running community for them.
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