Monday, June 16, 2014

Race #8: Mobile Loaves & Fishes 5k

This was my best "5k" time ever! I officially finished in 22:48 which would be a PR by 3:08, except the race was short half a mile! Luckily, I had my Garmin on, so I knew that it was off, but it's still nice to have an official time in the 22's! Given my pace, I think I would have finished somewhere around 27 minutes, so not my best, but not bad given my focus on longer races more recently.

The race was held in McAllister Park near the San Antonio airport and it was a nice course, with the race starting at 8:30am. I have a feeling that either the group was not able to use some of the paths that they originally had planned to use or we all missed a turn somewhere that we should have taken. Either way, I enjoyed the course - it was through various parts of the park trails, so a lot of it was shaded, which was really nice considering it was in the high 70's at 8:30am! 

It was a small race, with only 88 timed finishers (you could choose not to get timed if you didn't want to). I started out near the front of the pack and was able to count how many women were in front of me / passed me throughout the race. I held the #7 female spot for a while, but somewhere between 1.5 - 2 miles, I was passed by 2 more women, so I ended up as the #9 female, but I was hoping that since there were only 8 women in front of me, I could potentially place in my age group. I ended up finishing #4 in my age group and I wasn't even close to the woman who came in at #3 - she finished almost 3 minutes ahead of me! So, out of the 8 women in front of me, 3 were in my age group.

Overall, I liked this race and it was fun to do a small race, even if it was short - apparently not everything is bigger in Texas!

Have you ever done a race in Texas or have a race come up short on distance?

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