As usual, I woke up early and enjoyed my coffee, peanut butter toast, and banana :P Then I picked up Jenica, and we headed down to South San Francisco and had a fantastic warm up jog. I felt calm and ready to rock the 5 miler. I lined up close to the start and noticed a few speedy looking women.
I started strong (7:37 pace) but was careful to keep in control, especially due to the heat. Then I just kept working my legs and tried to catch the runners ahead of me :) At the halfway point, I heard that I was the 4th woman, but I knew I wanted to place.....And I saw women up ahead, so I knew I had work to do! I passed one woman & then another woman---yeehaw! My breathing got tougher, but my legs still felt strong. At points, I had to convince myself to push, and I tried some different mantras to maintain a speedy rhythm. With less than a mile to go, I heard footsteps and was certain that one of the women was going to pass me back. But then I saw that it was an older man, and he helped push me to the finish. Whew! I finished with a kick but had definitely left my energy out on the course.
This race taught me a few things. First, heck yeah, I have the fierceness for racing. Second, even if your training runs are dragging, you can have a great race. And, third, it's just plain ole FUN to get out there, try your best, and kick some tail in the process ;)