3rd place in AG Santa Sprint 5k #twit2fit

It’s been since spring since I raced a 5k. I had forgotten how intense the burn is compared to even a slightly longer race, like a 5 miler. My target was 21:30, but lost a little bit of the mental will to complete the challenge mid-race, especially after going out a little too hard in the 1st 1/4 mile. Still, I was able to lock onto someone ahead of me the whole race for pacing and finally pass him just past the 3 mile mark.

The race course had +/- 100 ft of elvation change, which worked out to about 1.3% average incline. The course also had 2 turnarounds, which I think I managed to pick up some speed on.

My previous 5k PR, set at the Anthem 5k this year, was 21:54. I beat that mark by 13 seconds @ 21:41. Given that I’ve battled a couple injuries this year, and ran a marathon 2 weeks ago, I’m happy. For the record, that’s 9 PRs this year, and my first race at a sub-7 pace.

I also took 3rd place in the 25-34 age group:

9 PRs this year, including 2 10 milers and 2 5ks.

  1. Hangover Classic 10-miler PR — 1:23:06
  2. Anthem 5k PR — 21:54
  3. Rodes City Run 10k PR — 46:26
  4. Papa John’s 10-miler PR — 1:15:20
  5. KDF mini-marathon PR — 1:46:12
  6. Flying Pig marathon PR — 3:39:44
  7. Hunger Relief Relay (9.2) PR — 1:12:34
  8. Home Run 5 miler PR — 37:03
  9. Santa Sprint and Stroll — 21:41

1/4 mile splits:

Distance Time Total Time Pace
0.25 Mi 1:33 1:33 6:12
0.25 Mi 1:40 3:13 6:40
0.25 Mi 1:45 4:58 7:00
0.25 Mi 1:46 6:44 7:04
0.25 Mi 1:40 8:24 6:40
0.25 Mi 1:45 10:09 7:00
0.25 Mi 1:45 11:54 7:00
0.25 Mi 1:46 13:40 7:04
0.25 Mi 1:47 15:27 7:08
0.25 Mi 1:44 17:11 6:56
0.25 Mi 1:47 18:58 7:08
0.25 Mi 1:40 20:38 6:40
0.15 Mi 0:58 21:36 6:27

Elevation: (flat like a treadmill)