For months now I’ve been using the same joke over and over again about how I’m “running Boston” again this year on marathon weekend, but in fact the punchline is rooted in the fact that I’m not running the Boston Marathon, but instead BAA 5K on the Saturday before the big day.
So I made my way into Boston this morning for my first official 5K in a long time.
This morning’s race couldn’t have had better weather. I’d say low 60’s with plenty of sun. I had run the BAA 10K before, but never the 5K as I’ve always ran the Boston Marathon in previous years. I was mildly surprised (and pleased) by how similar the 5K was to the 10K. They had the same starting areas, same tent structures, same event management…
I traditionally don’t do a lot of 5K races. Just never have. So therefore I didn’t feel I had a good handle on my race strategy since I don’t have a ton of familiarity with this shorter distance.
Once the gun went off, I was a little confused on how to run the first mile. I wanted to be quick, but I didn’t want to be too fast. I turned the first mile in 7:35 which in hindsight was probably too fast for me. I noticed it well into mile 2 when I felt slightly fatigued from over-exertion and briefly out of breath. I managed to settle down and finished mile 2 in 7:33.
At this point there was only a mile left, and it was only fitting that the final mile took runners down Boylston Street through the marathon finish line. I enjoyed it – it was nostalgic to turn right on Hereford and left onto Boylston one more time.
I finished in 23:58 (7:43 pace) which I’m absolutely thrilled about. Not only is it a PR for the 5K distance, but it has given me renewed confidence. For the last few months, I didn’t think I could ever finish a race with a sub-8 pace again.
Up next? Not sure. I’m already signed up for the BAA 10K on June 21st, but I’m evaluating some other races in the interim. Possibly another half, or maybe just another 5K. Stay tuned…