Since this 5k was actually scheduled in my long run, I ran three easy miles before the race started. I also got a wicked patch of sunburn on my chest from missed application of sunscreen. It was warm, but not unmanageable. The sun, however, was already hot.
Okay so I lined up near the front of the pack because there were a lot of fast looking men and teenagers. Since I was in Deleware, I knew the course would be flat. It weaved around some neighborhoods, which provided very little shade.
First mile was fast. Really fast. Like sub-7 fast. I knew I had to tone it back, and I was really mad at myself for making that mistake. I wanted to run a consistent paced race.
When I finally settled into a pace I was running with a pre-teen and a high school girl. The pre-teen looked pretty comfortable and the teenage has the most annoying breathing cadance I have ever heard. I was very thankful when she passed me.
Coming back in towards the end of the race I could feel some life coming back to my legs. I made the turn to the final stretch of the course and could see the finish line. I looked at my watch and realized I was super close to my 5k PR. Well legs, let's see how this goes! I kicked, and finished right behind the pre-teen.
23:34! I PRed by four seconds! A two year 5k PR was broken! I was in shock! I finished in the top quarter of the participants and fourth in my age group!
My main goal for this race was to be around 24 minutes and I blew that out of the water. So early back into training I am thrilled with how this turned out. My confidence level for Chicago went up tremendously.
The volunteers were all so friendly for this race. There were a ton of people from out of town and they made it so easy to navigate. They also had a post race party, which we did not attend. If you are in the Rehoboth Beach area around Father's Day, add this race to your list!
Here is the course map, elevations and my splits for this race.