Last year I ran in a small but fun race called the "White Elephant 5 Miler" and had a great time!
When I saw that they were putting the race on again I HAD to run it again:)
Since it's a smaller race they only do awards for the top 3 women and Men but don't do awards for age divisions.
I had half a hope of placing today based on the fact that I placed #4 woman last year....It seems some fast runners have discovered the race:) When you're standing at the start and you see those participants that you just KNOW are fast...yeah, that was me today.
My goal was to run 7:30 miles (it's a bit hilly of a course) but at about 1.5 miles I saw a little girl about 13 crying so I slowed down to make sure she was OK. She said she had a side cramp so I ran with her and gave her some tips on how to stretch it out while she ran.
She was such a trooper...she didn't want to stop at all.
I found out that she is actually a sprinter and had gone to the Jr. Olympics last year- this was the longest she's ever run! I ran with her until about the 4th mile where her dad was waiting to run in with her (she's too fast for him to run the whole way :) ) then I picked up the speed a little.
I wasn't too worried though, I didn't lose more than 2 places in the women's division and I wasn't stressing.
Plus after all my excitement I managed to forget to wear my new racing flats! I also managed to forget to turn off my Garmin:)
My splits were:
Mile #1 6:49 (I was trying to not go out too fast, which was a little hard since it was down hill...I probably could have gone faster)
Mile #2 7:25, right on pace!
Mile #3 8:42 (this was where Mia was having the worst cramps)
Mile #4 9:22 Capitol Hill...sucks. The thing is once you're finished with Capitol Hill you THINK you're done with the hills, but most of Capitol Blvd is a slight uphill grade.
Mile #5 7:38
Overall pace average was 7:57 per mile.