Yesterday, I participated in the Asbury Park 5K (the first 5K where I was able to run the entire time) and it felt great! I pushed myself harder than I usually do during workouts to keep up with the crowd and ended up with a new PR!
Official Race Statistics:
Total Time: 32:50.55 (My new PR!)
Place: 765 out of 1048
1 km 5m:25s
1 mile 8m:51s
3 miles 30m:11s
5 km 31m:23s
Now I know these results may seem pretty slow to many runners, but (based on my recent workouts) I anticipated finishing in about 35 or 36 minutes, so this was a great result!
Notice that the Endomondo statistics read a total time of 31:23 for a 5K, while the official race statistics were 32:50.55. When I viewed the GPS course map of my route during the race on Endomondo, I realized that the program was factoring in the time I spent getting to the official race “start” (the mats that read the timing chips).
I suppose this means I was faster getting to the race’s official starting point than I was at the end of the race course. This makes a lot of sense to me, because I always seem to start out strong during workouts and get pretty slow at the end of a 3-5 mile run. I definitely have to eventually find a way to push harder at the end!