Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago: Race Recap

I did it! My first 5k in years and my fastest 5k since the fracture/injury.

I couldn’t make to the Expo, so I had my packet mailed to me ahead of time (I actually heard the Expo was smaller this year compared to years prior). So, I still got to lay out my #FlatJane the night before, complete with my bib:

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On race day, finding the corrals was a bit confusing. But, the race itself ran smoothly. The announcer said there were 45,000 runners between the 15k and the 5K!  (I did the 5K). LOTS of runners, a bit crowded… Definitely chilly!

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It was below 40 degrees this morning in Chicago, and my poor Garmin watch literally froze. So I just ran not knowing time, pace or distance. I felt good though. No pain.

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I started out feeling great until at least the half-way point. When I started feeling a bit winded, I slowed down a little. There were some walkers in wave 1 that you had to weave around, but it was manageable. That small incline just before the last 1/4 mile of the race was a struggle, but not too bad.

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Post-race, the band was fun. I thought the lines to get our hot chocolate would be mayhem with so many runners, but it was organized by line number and I had no wait! And even though I’m not a big chocolate fan, the finisher’s mugs were yummy!

I would definitely recommend this race.

Week 9 Recap

Monday

Monday was my makeup for Sunday — a hills workout on the dreadmill since San Jose is relatively flat. I did 6% incline for 90 sec, recover, 7% for 1 min, recover, then repeat x 5 with a warm-up and cool down. Not a lot of good sleep the night before… I was so ready for a nap!


Tuesday

A rest day — I spent Tuesday catching up on work and visiting my friend, husband and new baby in the hospital.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a rest day. I spent most of the day flying from Cali to Providence for work.

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Thursday

After a 12-hour shift, I had to do my track workout on the dreadmill… 1200m intervals (at 5mph and 5.2mph) with recovery breaks in between. Felt really good. I wasn’t dead by the end, which was nice. Progress!

Saturday

Saturday night dreadmill run. Got a cramp in my good leg and had to walk for a few seconds midway through. But another 3 in the bank! I threw in 50 squats, 50 sit ups and 25 pushups at the end. Long run planned for Sunday…

Sunday

I landed from Providence this morning to find my race packet from the Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago on my doorstep… 2 more weeks!

Later that night, I finished off week 9 with my long(est) run: 4.5 miles. My running buddy and I took it easy, but by the end, I was still beat and a sweaty mess. I was certainly feeling Saturday night’s 3 miles + squats workout. Feeling proud though.

My first run

I ran today!

Yesterday, I found a novice 5K training plan that seemed manageable (Hal Higdon’s) and realistically plotted it out on my calendar based on my work/travel schedule… with the final week ending on the week of the Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago. So, it will be 11 weeks of training instead of 8.

This is the plan as Hal Higdon has it:

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However, I didn’t feel I could run 1.5 miles straight, being so out of shape and given the weak ankle. So, I decided to start this training plan during the week of August 14th, and between now and then, run/walk 1.5 miles until I can run the whole thing.

So today, I ran 1/2 mile, walked 1/2 mile, then ran 1/2 mile. I had some tightness in my “good” ankle when I switched to walking, but it went away by the end of the night.

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