Saturday was the Darden Cares 5k; my first actual race since Ironman Lake Placid. As I stated in an earlier post this season is all about having fun on race day by having stable blood sugars and achieving my performance goals. The knowledge I gained last year should aid in that greatly; plus I also have a better understanding of what I'm capable of.
At 9:20 am on Saturday I toed the line with my classmates, some dressed in speedos, some in figure skater outfits and even one dressed as a gorilla. My goal was to break 24 minutes; I have done 2 5k speed tests in the past, the first a year ago I completed in 25 minutes and the second about a month ago I finished in 24 minutes, 30 seconds. On Saturday I shattered my goal pace with a time of 23 minutes (or 22:58 on my watch) - a pace of 7 minutes, 11 seconds, good for 16th place!
My blood sugars remained above 200 throughout the race which was fine, a high in a 5k is way better than a low. But what was important was setting a realistic goal, exceeding those expectations and having a blast with my classmates doing it. The season is off to a great start - I can't wait for the Charlottesville Marathon!