I had not broken 19 minutes in a 5K since the Fast Firecracker in July (over 8 months ago) so that was my main goal going into this race. My coach thought 18:30-18:45 was realistic for me but I honestly didn't know if I was ready. Based on my last two races the McMillan pace calculator had me in the low 19's. I reminded myself that 5k's are MY race and I was ready.
The Race: Cabot Spring Fling 5K (RRCA State Championship 5K)
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Cabot, AR
This was my third year to run in the Cabot Spring Fling 5K. There was a great family race registration deal ($50 for 4 entries) so John and I decided to sign up our crew. Then my daughter wanted to invite her best friend since she was going to be spending Friday night at our house. I checked with her mom who was fine with it so we also registered her.
|Photo courtesy of Arkansas RRCA|
Mile 1- 5:59. This race always seems to have a fast start. The other two years I have run it mile one has been in the 5:40's. I went out slower because I knew anything remotely close to the 5:40's would be way too fast and I needed to save something for the last mile. By the half mile I had moved into the position of 2nd female. My sister Tessa lives near the race and she brought her two little girls out to cheer right near the first mile marker.
|coming up on mile 1|
|How cute is my little niece?!|
Mile 2- 5:56. I was still feeling strong so I pushed myself to keep going while I was feeling this good. I started gaining on the lead female runner by 1.5 miles and I caught up to her right before the two mile marker.
Mile 3.11- 0:38 (5:39 avg). I love finishing around the track! When I rounded the corner I could see the finish line and the clock. I was going to make it!
Official Time- 18:41. (6:02 avg)/ 1st Female. Official results can be found here.
I stayed around the finish area for a few minutes to see some team members finish but then I turned back to find Abi. I knew she'd be coming through soon.
Abi actually ran her fastest 5k ever in 24:36! Then I found my son and Abi's best friend. They were doing great! I ran with them their last half mile. My son finished in 29:59 which is his first time to break 30 minutes. My daughters best friend finished just 2 seconds later.
|So proud of these kids!!|
The awards ceremony had a huge breakfast/ lunch buffet and was located in the indoor gym.
|Top 3 Overall Women|
|With my friends Beverly and Kem|
|These girls did GREAT!!|
Final Post Race Thoughts:
This is a great race and I hope to be back again next year! A few things I love about this race:
- The price is right and it's very family friendly. $50 for a family of 4. Yes! This included a tech shirt for each person.
- I like that they give finishers medals to ALL the kids. (And there were A LOT of kids who ran this race.)
- Good course. It's not the easiest 5k course (some rolling hills) but it's very doable and I've always managed to have a good race.
- It's part of the Arkansas Grand Prix series so it's very organized and well run. The Cabot Cruisers do a great job with this race!
Any other spring fling 5k runners out there?
When was the last time you had a running break through?