After running the Beat the Ball 5k race 11 hours before the start of this race, I had no idea how my second 5k would go. I have done this combination of races twice before (2012 and 2013) but I wasn’t getting over an injury in either case. I told myself if anything hurt I would stop. Spoiler alert: Nothing hurt or felt off so I continued with the races.
I only got 6 hours of sleep between both races. Some people can run well on little sleep, I’m not one of them (hashtag sleep princess). Dad and I woke up around 8 am and headed to Mount Trashmore.
For 5ks, I like to warm up between 2-2.5 miles and that is exactly what I did. There was nothing exciting about the warm up. I felt awful and exhausted (As I said yesterday when I feel awful, I race well…somehow I knew this wouldn’t be the case). After I warmed up, I put on my racing flats and headed to the start. I made it with only a few minutes to spare.
Photos from HIIT-Pics.
At the starting line I noticed how deep the field was. There were many extremely talented woman such as Renee, Kris, Kellie (and a few more that I recognized faces but don’t know names!).
I thought to myself, “lololololol let me go ahead and stand back here”. There were many incredible woman racing Hair of the Dog, I could fan girl them all. There were also many incredible men racing too.
The race started and we were off. The first mile was fast. All of the leaders immediately left me. Within a half mile, I saw the pack of five 5 woman way ahead. The depth of the field pulled me along and I felt amazing the first mile. I’m sure the first mile was a mixture of delusion, caffeine and adrenaline. I ran the first mile in 6:11 and it felt like old injury free times sake.
Until mile 2, when I promptly fell apart. For the second mile, we headed around the Mount Trashmore Lake. The field had separated and I was essentially running alone most of the time. There were a couple of men around me but not that close. I could see the female leaders break their pack and they were each running alone as well. As we continued around the Mount Trashmore lake, the wind became worse and worse. My legs felt exhausted. I hit mile 2 in 6:27 and I knew I was fading quickly. I knew this was going to be a positive split 5k and I was okay with that.
Mile 3 was a blur. I caught up to personal friend Kellie and we ran together for a bit. We went around the backside of Mount Trashmore and past the start of the race. I had forgotten the start and the finish of the race were at different spots. Around 2.7, I thought…um there is not enough mileage left to go back around Trashmore, I don’t have energy for a long race today. Then I realized we were heading to the finish. The third mile I hit at 6:41.
I powered through the final .1 and hit the finish line. I crossed the finish line in exactly 20:00 minutes. The race was chip timed and since I crossed the start line 1 second after the race started, I saved myself an entire second. So I finished in 19:59.
When I finished I thought I might be sick. Kris told me I didn’t look so good (and this gem photo proves it). After a minute of not running, I felt fine again.
I was very surprised with the result both results. I was surprised I was able to run (just under) 20 minutes for both races. My legs and body were exhausted. I am extremely pleased with both 5k efforts and I hope to improve this year on those.
My previous 5k on December 14th, had left a sour taste in my mouth. I was glad to put that race 5k away and race two solid 5ks. While they are still 80-90 seconds slower than my PR, I’m looking forward to getting closer to that in 2015. Both races gave me a lot of needed confidence post injury.
Questions for you:
What is your best (or worst) race photo?
I haven’t but it’s been close a couple of times.
What is your 5k strategy?