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Race Report: Emerald of Mt. Washington 5k

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This morning, I ran my first 5k of the year at the Emerald of Mt. Washington 5k on the top of Pittsburgh’s scenic Mt. Washington neighborhood.  Many thanks to PopUp! Pittsburgh, as it was a nice and intimate race on a beautiful course overlooking downtown Pittsburgh from across the Monongahela river, despite the rain that threatened to put a damper on the event.

As for the results, I managed to turn in a time of 26:53.  This was a major jump for me, as not only was it the first time I’ve run a 5k in under 30 minutes, but it was a PR by more than 4 minutes.  While my last 5k was back in November and I was confident I’d do much better this time around, this it still a major accomplishment for me.

The even better part is that I feel like I can do better.  I went out a bit too fast in this race and paid for it late in the race, but I can’t complain too much.   I still need to work on my pacing, and that will come with time.

It’s very exciting to see this improvement, and I’m looking forward to seeing what my running future has in store.

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