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 10 Recap/Tally (late)

My Week 10 recap is 5 days late… it has been a busy 2 weeks!

did get up the guts to sign up for the Ragnar 200-mile relay with the Mama Docs Run This Facebook group in May 2018! Oh boy!

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I also decided to raise money for St. Jude’s charity as I train for my half marathon in March. Please support me if you can!

Monday

My hip was sore from my 4.5-miler on Sunday, so I decided to rest.

Tuesday

After a 12-hour shift, I tried to run on my home treadmill, but I had sharp pains in my knee on the good leg, so I decided to wait until I could run outside. {Sad face}

Wednesday/Thursday

Wednesday, I worked another 12-hour shift, and by the time I got home, I went straight to bed since my flight on Thursday morning was at 6am!

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I flew to and from Chicago on Thursday for a meeting and didn’t get back home until 11pm. No running those days either.

Saturday

Make up time!

Saturday was my first time running this week… I ran solo, went slowly and did my 3 scheduled miles with a view of Manhattan.

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Sunday

Got 5 miles in – my longest run of my training so far! Met with a new running buddy from Black Girls Run, and we got it done. Week 10 is a wrap!

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***TOTALS***Measure

8 miles ran

10.5 total pounds lost (not much progress the last 3 weeks)

60 squats, 60 sit ups, 30 pushups (I forgot to do them the other days)

1.5 days til 1st 5K (Yup, it’s on Sunday – wish me luck!)

133 days til 1st Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, support me!