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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Pikesville 5k 2005

Hooray!! Another race! This one was definitely easier than the first, although my time doesn't show it :( TK, CW, Dave and I all ran the Pikesville 5k today. It started at 8am. I picked up my number and I was number 69! TK says, "Number 69 is always a winner."

The course was definitely less interesting, we raced up the community streets right behind Woodholme Center. I ran mostly by myself, Dave started with me, but left me almost immediately. There really wasn't even anyone around me. I managed to run the first 2 1/2 miles. At the second mile marker, I had started thinking that I was going to be able to run the entire 5k, but the last mile was full of hills and halfway up one steep grade, I had to walk. I ran the first mile in 12 minutes on the dot - very impressive and 45 seconds faster than the Baltimore Women's Classic. Mile 2 was about 13 minutes, so I was slowing down. Mile 3 was also about 13 minutes, maybe a little over it. I'm not sure what my official time was, but it was definitely under the last race, but not by much. I think it was somewhere around 40:20, which would put me at about 26 seconds better than two weeks ago.

Even if the time wasn't that much better, at least I know that I'm improving. Two weeks isn't very long for improvement. I was certainly less nervous, although I still didn't sleep last night for more than about 3 hours. Nerves.

I think I'll sit around today and do nothing. No more races in the near future. I have two picked out for labor day weekend - one in Eldersburg and one in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The one I pick to do will depend on if I'm going to Ocean City for Labor Day.

And... I just registered for the 5k event at the Baltimore Running Festival!

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