- 90th in my 25-29 year-old age group (my friend that registered me thought I was born in 1980; I’m really 28, not 27)
- 1178th overall
- First 5K time: 34:17
- First 5K pace: 10:53
- Second 5K time: 39:52
- Second 5K pace: 12:52
You can see where I really started to hurt in that second 5K. Especially when you look at the runners that finished before me. The person before me had a 37:46 initial 5K, and her pace was almost a full minute behind mine. In fact, my first 5K pace matched the pace of the person who finished eight people before me.
And then, the dreaded knee injury – which my coach has diagnosed, based on my description, as iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, as suspected – slowed me down to an almost thirteen-minute mile.
Sigh. I’m going to work with my coach tomorrow at practice for some exercises and stretches to strengthen the ITB.
Even though I know I was injured, I still feel disappointed in those race results. I know it was only practice, but I’m trying to be the best that I can be.
At any rate, I’m going to bounce back from this.