Ras na hEireann 5k

Ras na hEireann logoIt was a beautiful day to run a 5k (high 50s at race start!). There were tons of people at the race, most dressed in green to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.  There were even some fully-outfitted leprechauns and a man completely painted green!  I had done the Ras na hEireann in 2009, and set my 5k PR. There are some decent hills on the course, but it finishes on a long downhill, making for fairly fast course.

Race Recap

Mile 1: I started out at a good pace, but tried not to get caught up in the crowds sprinting out at the start. 3 women past me quickly, I stayed close behind 3rd place. The first half was slightly uphill and the second half downhill. I knew I should be running just under 6 minute pace, based on my 2 mile time trial a couple weeks ago (using the McMillan running calculator as a predictor), but figured the first mile would be slightly faster. Mile split: 5:46

Mile 2: Another woman past me and the 3rd place woman. I started to get worried that I went out too fast, but I still felt really strong. Mile split: 5:49

Mile 3: I passed the 4th place woman, she passed me back, and then we both passed the next woman, putting me in 4th place. I knew that the last half mile would be a steep uphill and then a long downhill to the finish.  I was slowing a bit but my legs were feeling pretty strong, so I powered up the hill and then just put all I had left into the downhill in the final stretch.  Mile split: 5:57

At mile 3! (photo by Ted Tyler from Coolrunning.com)

Final .1: At this point, I was just running as fast as I could downhill (5:17 pace!).  Final time: 18:12, 4th place woman.

I was really happy with this run.  I was only 10 seconds off my 5k PR, and this coming off only 2 months of running after a 2 month layoff.  I am surprised at how quickly my speed has come back – I credit it to my swimming and cycling workouts over the winter!  I’m really looking forward to running more shorter races this season and improving my speed.

A big thanks to J & J for cheering me on!

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One Comment on “Ras na hEireann 5k

  1. you KILLED it!!! such a fun race to watch..I’m going to run next year-and probably paint my body green.

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