As I mentioned yesterday, I ran a 5k on Saturday- my first race of 2015!
I had been thinking about doing a 5k but I didn’t really want to commit to anything until I knew that my body would be ready to race. However, I also knew I wasn’t in “racing” shape so I planned to push myself but didn’t expect any PRs.
When I saw that there was a local 5k this past weekend with race-day registration, I figured I could decide that morning if I felt up to running it. When I woke up the weather was perfect for running- not even 50 degrees, and no humidity. So I drove over to the neighborhood where the race was being held.
I was able to park at a local school, and walked around the block to register for the race. It was an easy process, and I even got a t-shirt (although they only had XS and XL left. I took an XS but not sure if it will fit comfortably enough to wear). I had some time before the race started so I ran about 2.5 miles to warm up.
At 8am there were some announcements and the national anthem, and then we were told to line up. Up until this point I wasn’t 100% sure where the start line was but it wasn’t at all where I thought. So I made my way over and the first two rows were jam packed with kids around ages 8-10. I was able to squeeze in around the third row but I knew I would have to start out slow until the race thinned out. It was definitely a family race, which I knew it would be, plus I knew I wasn’t going for a PR, so it didn’t bother me too much.
There was a steep uphill to start, and even though I wasn’t going that fast it took a lot out of me. It felt like a pretty hilly course, but looking at the elevation map later it really wasn’t that bad. I think it would have helped if I knew what to expect ahead of time.
My pace felt hard, although I knew I could hold onto it, but my body still felt pretty tired the whole time. The first mile felt like the longest mile of my life, and the other two went by a bit faster. One interesting part of the race is that at one point the course actually crossed over itself! So I was running down a street and had to cross a street where there were other runners who were technically behind me. It wasn’t a big deal since it was a small race and there was plenty of room to get through.
I managed to pass a girl during the last half mile, and then I recognized where I was from my warm up and knew it was all a downhill to the end so I really pushed it. My watch read 22:25, official time was 22:27 (there as no chip timing). This was about 45 seconds slower than the 3 5ks I did in 2014, but I was the 4th female and first in my age group.
I ran a mile and a half to cool down, then ate a banana while waiting for the awards. It was a really fun event and great way to get in a 7 mile run on a Saturday morning.
As soon as I got home my allergies hit hard, and I suddenly felt extremely run down and out of it. I couldn’t help but wonder if the allergies contributed to the run feeling a bit harder than I expected. But at the same time, I have only been back to running consistently for a little over a month, and I just recently started adding faster intervals in again.
This got me excited to get back to racing, and I am hoping to do more small 5ks this summer to work on my speed!
Have you ever done a race at the last minute?
Does it bother you when kids line up in the front row? I don’t mind so much when kids do this (especially during a “fun” race) but it bothers me more when people who are planning to walk line up in the front!
Do you find that allergies affect your running?