Today I had the opportunity to run a 5k not only with several of the runners that I am coaching in the Dave’s PR5K program, but it was in Luna Pier, Michigan, the small town I grew up in. An added bonus was that my daughter and son-in-law also ran with me. I’m so blessed!
It was a smaller race, maybe 150 runners, but it was well organized. The course was well marked and the organizers, were very passionate about their cause. It was a charity event that is in honor of Felisa Barns, a close friend of Kaylin the organizer that tragicly passed away in 2009. The money goes toward scholarships for cross country runners at Mason High School, which is the high school I graduated from.
I’ve been running with my PR5K group, which is a 27 minute pace and haven’t been running near my PR of 25:31, so I wasn’t expecting to PR today. I started off fast, which is my MO, at an 8:02 first mile, then an 8:06 mile, still pretty fast for me, considering my PR pace is an 8:12. The first 1/2 of mile 3, I dropped off to about an 8:40, but found a second wind and pulled it up to an 8:22 and then then ran last 1/10th of a mile at a 7:38 pace to squeak by with a 25:29 / 8:09 pace. A 3 second PR, but hey, I’ll take it! Overall I was very happy with my race today.
Until me meet again … Happy Running!