This was one of my favorite races. Why, you ask? Cause it’s my 5k PR!
It was a relatively cool morning for April. I got there early to pick up my packet. It was held in City Center (Newport News). I parked in the parking garage, picked up my packet and went back to my car to kill time before the race. Once it was close enough to the start I went to find the starting line. I say “find” because it was hard to find. It was such a small race.
Team Hoyt started off the race and everyone else just fell in after, no corrals. The course is pretty easy, mostly straight aways, but there are a few turns here and there. I felt really good, no urges to walk or slow down the pace. I kept close eye on my watch because I really wanted to get under 33 min. This was pre-Garmin Lauren, so I had to do mental math based on my starting time.
Most of the race was a blur, just kept trying to pick off people and catch up to them. I was rounding the last bend with less than a half mile to go and I knew I had to pick up the pace a little. I pretended like everyone was cheering for me specifically (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do). I was able to have a strong finish and finished in 32:42. I didn’t know my actual time till hours later, but I just knew it was a PR.
This was a very well organized race with great swag. For such a small race, the medals and shirt were major quality. They had to post pone this race to the fall this year, and I hope I can do it. I guess they’ll have to rename it because it won’t be Earth Day!