Chip time: 25:48 – this would be an 8:18/mi pace BUT honestly I think the course was a tiny bit short (my Apple Watch has the stats below, and it has been pretty accurate on other races + splits!).
I won my age group which says more about the race (not very big) than it does about me, but it was still fun!
On the “helping me” side –> I wore my super shoes (Nike alphafly)! I definitely feel like they helped. And they were more comfortable than they were when I first tried them.
On the “not helping” side –> it felt hot by the end (70F sunny + humid). (Though this was much better than the September 5K I ran.)
On the “not helping” side –> coming back from illness. However, I think I feel pretty recovered at this point.
According to Jack Daniels Running Formula (a book my husband is obsessed with and continually encourages me to delve into), this puts my “VDOT” — his measure of fitness/performance level — closest to 37. My prior 5K would have put me at 34 (though it was REALLY hot, so probably underestimate). I would love to get my VDOT closer to 40 by the end of the calendar year. If I can maintain it there and race a marathon well at age 45 (omg this is ~2.5 yrs away), I could qualify for Boston*. And that would be so, so cool.
I am SOOOO far away from this right now, but it also doesn’t seem so out of the realm that it’s impossible.
And I think I will enjoy trying regardless of the outcome (well, as long as I don’t get injured. Because I hope I still have a couple of decades of running left!)
*Qualifying time for age 45-49 women is a 3:50 and it based on age at time of the race