Tim and I decided to run a 5k on Valentine’s Day. The Feel the Love 5k was a team event. We entered the “lovers category” and made our team name “Planes and Pancakes”. It was in Philadelphia at 3:30pm. It made for a really odd race time, especially on Valentine’s Day but Tim and I didn’t mind. I went into this race with the strict mentality it was a workout. I had run a successful 20 mile race before and I was finishing my marathon peak week.
I ran 5 miles in the morning to shakeout my legs. I am normally a morning runner. I always prefer a morning race but this was a unique experience. My legs have also been feeling stiff since the 20 miler. As much as I do want a 5k PR in the future, I haven’t been training for that. My plan through the summer is to run more 5ks and hopefully work towards a PR.
Anyways, around 2pm it started snowing a lot in South Jersey. Tim and I tossed the idea around (too much) of just skipping the race. We were cold, I was grouchy and my legs weren’t feeling the best. I had already taken off work as well as payed for the race so we headed over.
For the race itself, It was really cold so I wore pants. There have only been 4 races in my running career that I’ve worn pants for!
Logistics wise, after getting lost a few times we made it to the Navy Shipyard to the race in Philadelphia. We grabbed our bibs and did a 2 mile warm up. I felt significantly better in the morning but still not great.
This particular race had two “courses”. Each team member would run a different course and you would see each other several times during the race. Both courses looped around each other and you ended up doing 12 turns! It felt like a track.
The race started smoothly and the team members went their separate ways. The first mile I hit in 6:40. Despite going into the race with a “workout mentality”, I was disappointed. I quickly shook that feeling and realized that it was a good time for where I currently was (untapered, tired and on a difficult course). I was passed by a lot of people during the first mile. I saw T on the course. With the course directly on the water, the first loop also allowed me to see where the wind was the worst.
The second mile I also ran in 6:40. I passed many people and was also passed by many people. I think I moved places the most in this 5k. Normally I’ll be in the same place for half of the race but people were passing (or I passed a few people) more often in this race. Not that it really matters but I could tell it was a fast field.
The final mile I ran a lot faster. I don’t know how or why but I just picked up the pace. I think I was ready for this race to be done. I knew I wouldn’t hit my original goal of breaking 20 minutes but I pushed the pace as much as possible.
I passed a few women and finished in 20:12 (which was surprising after my first mile). The finish line was a hard left at the end and I didn’t see it coming up. All of a sudden, the race was over.
Tim and I finished 15th team overall. We were happy with it because it was a very competitive race. The first few teams average 17:XX 5k times, which was incredible! We did 2 miles cooldown. I would have liked to have been faster but due to the workouts and mileage I put in last week, that was not possible. This was a lot of fun and I’m glad we both got out there for a solid workout.
Questions for you:
How did you spend Valentine’s Day?
Have you ever done a team race?