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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, I did a 1-mile fun run with my mom and son and shaved 30 seconds off of my mile time! I was winded toward the end, but it didn’t feel too bad. I think with more training, I’ll be able to get that pace down some more. Kiddo finished in 7 minutes!
I definitely started out too fast (about 8:40 min/mile), and couldn’t maintain it. I need to work on my pacing big time. But I finished with 10:34 min/mile. I started my watch a bit before crossing the start line so I ran slightly more than a mile.
The only frustrating part of the day was that we couldn’t find the start line and walked about a mile around the park looking for it before the race even started! 😦
I was also beat from cooking and entertaining the day before at our pre-Labor Day BBQ, granted it was a bunch of fun!
I was scheduled for 2 miles today, but I ran with my running buddy and we pushed out about 2.75 miles (although my Garmin didn’t sync right away, so I only got credit for 2.5). This was my longest run and fastest pace for anything over a mile since restarting training. My ankle brace was too tight and did cause me some numbness, which is honestly the only reason I stopped. I could have gone longer. Progress!
I followed my run with a 1-hour back and leg massage that was much needed. Although, I still have 110 squats (see squat challenge post), 110 sit-ups and 55 pushups waiting for me tonight.
My customized Run. Travel. Dream. Bondi Band came in today! I also got one with one of my personal running mottos: Stronger than Yesterday.
My running skirt from Skirt Sports came also. I’m so excited to run in this. It has shorts underneath.
I added a new race to the calendar today as well: the Montclair 5K Doughnut Run. I heard about it in a Facebook running group. It’s exactly as it sounds — doughnuts at each mile. And it sold out in less than 4 hours!
On a different note, I was reading an article recently that suggested that every runner should know WHY they are running, because it helps with motivation, especially on the crappy days. I realized that despite setting on this path of half marathon training, I hadn’t fully fleshed out my true reasons for running.
So, here goes my 5 reasons (I’m sure I have a few more):
- I’m competitive and there aren’t many sports (attainable for me) that you can compete in in your late 30s (and older).
- To get back into shape — lose weight, improve endurance and get stronger.
- Because I hate that my injury sidelined me 3 years ago. I wanna prove that this injury can’t beat me.
- The runner community is amazing. I like the sense of belonging to something bigger, and being inspired by the other runners. It has even brought me closer to friends who run.
- Races will give me another excuse (as if I need one) to travel.
What are YOUR reasons for running?