Oakland Running Festival 5k

This weekend I did better at the Oakland Running Festival 5k than I did a couple years ago, by 18 seconds! Chip time 21:17, in top ten females OA. 2nd place AG but received a cute running cap. The Masters Division winner won a trophy. Breaking 20 minutes is tough and takes a lot of time and patience, but it will happen one day. The last mile on this course is fast, but then there is a hill right before the finish that will zap your desire to make up time on the final sprint (note to self: practice hill sprint). I've been doing weekly speedwork since last November and though the improvements are minor it makes holding the pace at slightly faster speed feel easier. There seemed to be more people signed up this time. Official tally was 2,314 5k runners! Now just imagine doing 5k pace throughout an entire marathon. That's the pace people were winning sub 3:00 marathon times! The relay looks like fun, would like to try that next year. I could probably do the 5k and then the last leg of the relay. It would be easy to hop on 19th Street Station to West Oakland for the exchange. Just putting that out there!

Next up: 10k race and try to 5k PR on a flat course similar to the one I PR'd on before. Laying the speedwork foundation to carry into the summer marathon.

1 comment:

Thomas T said...

Great time, congrats!

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