I didn't train really hard last year, and my time for the 8K (4.97 miles) was 1 hour 3 minutes. However, after that race, I kept running and signing up for other races.
This weekend was my second Shamrock 8K and I was anxious to see how much progress I've made in year. I ran the 8K in 53 minutes and 12 seconds!! That's a 10:40 average mile, which compared to my normal training pace of 11:30, I was VERY pleased! I cut an additional 3 minutes of my 56-minute 8K in Richmond in November.
Progress, kids, PROGRESS! Yay!
Now, I've got a 6.2 mile race (10K) in Richmond this weekend! I'm addicted!