But once again, lo and behold, I surpassed my own expectations. Somehow--honestly do not ask me how--I averaged sub-7-minute miles. Considering that I started out at an approximately 7:20/mile pace, this means I had to have seriously sprinted that fith mile. And yes, I was trying to beat the girl in the green shorts who kept creeping up behind me in the last fifty yards or so, but still--I never ran before in my life! Two years ago, I was in a pool doing 7,000 yard workouts!
What's more, I'm somehow actually good at this for my age. 3rd out of 91 women 20-29 years is kind of incredible, considering I was 23rd out of 23 swimmers on my college swim team, and the age range there was only 17-22.