The kick off for the Dublin Irish Festival every year is a 5K through historic Dublin, OH. In the past, my goal was to finish in under 30 minutes. Sine I have been training for the half marathon I have picked up speed, so I was shooting for under 28 minutes this year. My 5K PR prior to this race was 28:46.
I started out the race with the pacer running 8.5 minute miles. I thought that would be a stretch, but I would try to stay with her for as long as I could. She pulled away slightly the last half mile, but she was still within sight at the finish line.
I had a finish time of 25:24.9, but my watch said the course was only 2.96. If I adjust this time by an additional 30 or 40 seconds for the extra 10th of a mile, I was still two and a half minutes under my previous 5K PR time. I was in the top 10 for my age group, which is a very impressive finish for me. My husband was second in his age group and 20th overall with a time of 17:18.4.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
|The post race celebration.|
|Stinger, The Columbus Blue Jacket's Mascot, at the starting line|
|Jay out on the Course|
|A couple of festive runners I saw along the way.|