She has asked those that entered to create their own race bib, with a chance for prizes. Since I don't have time for that tonight and am not in this for that prize, the only PRIZE I wanted was a 5K PR!!!!!!
I headed downstairs on the treadmill, because I wanted to be sure I PR'd with the exact distance. Little Dude and Little Diva were working on a Mother's Day project behind closed doors, so I decided to do a quick (yes, quick!) 5K downstairs, before putting them to bed.
As mentioned before, I usually start at 6.6 MPH (my strange starting pace). This time I started at 7.0 MPH. After mile 1, I increased my speed by .1 MPH ever 1/10 mile. At mile 2, I was up t 8.0 MPH. I never take "fuel" on a 5K run, but I wanted to ROCK this!! So, I downed a heavenly mint-chocolate Gu after mile 2. I continued to increase my speed bit-by-bit ... eventually up to 9.5 MPH. The ever-so-gradual increase in pace made me really focus on each 1/10 mile without getting too exhausted. I counted in my head from 10 down to 1 each time ... Hey, whatever works!!!??? Usually, I try increasing by .5 MPH and get too tired too quickly. But, not tonight ..... it worked!
(This marathon training is paying off!)