I finally got a race in this season. After the cancellation of NYRR’s Dash to the Finish, I had been itching for a good benchmark of fall progress. And I got the chance at The Running Event‘s Indie 5k. The event is a 3-day long expo for running product retailers and manufacturers. I was in town with Oiselle. (More on the great week in a different post.) The race itself was more of a fun run for industry insiders, but I couldn’t have asked for a better setting – low pressure and surrounded by friends.
I ran 16:36, around a two minute PR. That fact is a bit misleading; my last legit 5k effort was the California XC state meet my senior year, when I won the small division in 18:24. Still, fun to throw around such impressive numbers. And more than the time, I am happiest with how it felt. No contorted Kate thrashing over the finish line. I was controlled, held good form and kept relaxed. That is the biggest indication of progress for me. And hopefully it is a sign of good things to come. At least, that’s what it felt like as I was greeted at the finish line to huge hugs from Oiselle family. I can’t wait for the coming year, and more cause for celebration, from all angles.
Some pics, thoughts:
Pics from last week