Dismal Swamp 5k (19:45)
Sometimes posts get lost in the mix. During my wedding weekend I also ran an Inaugural 5k at the Dismal Swamp. The 5k was a straight, out and back course. Brittany, Heather and I ran the 5k while Laura cheered and ran 10 miles. It was a lot of fun. Given any other weekend this recap would have gotten precedence.
We got to the race with about half an hour to spare. We all ran about 20 minutes together and by the time we finished it was time to race.
The 5k started at 8:05, while the half marathon started 5 minutes before at 8am. Once they were off they called us up. Within a few minutes, we were off. I was lucky to chat to Marie, a great friend of mine.
I immediately took off, not knowing what to expect. Since my hip is definitely not 100%, if anything hurt I would just stop.
The first mile felt like it took forever. I went from 3rd woman to 1st by the end of the first mile and found myself alone with no men or women near. I began passing half marathoners towards the end of the first mile. At first I thought it was strange to have half marathoners go 5 mins in front of 5kers. We would catch a lot and it would be crowded but I ended up liking it a lot. I was able to see some of my local friends like Allie and Jenny! I hit the first mile in 6:22. I was excited because it gave me hope to run a sub 20 (which I have not been able to do lately at all).
The second mile was similar to the first. I saw a lot of friends running the half. I also saw Laura who was cheering loudly. The lead cyclist made the u turn and headed back with the leader of the race. The lead cyclist actually told me to get out of the way. That irritated me a little bit because there weren’t a lot of places to go. I wasn’t going to run into the half marathoners on the other side of the road and I wasn’t purposely in the leader’s way. When I made the turn and headed back I side fived everyone including my dad and two brothers (both of whom were riding the pain train after going to T’s Bachelor party). I hit the second mile in 6:22 too (hashtag twinning).
During the third mile I thought there was a chance to break 20 minutes. My hip was a little bit sore but nothing crazy (I do believe if I raced a 10k, it would have been inhibiting). I began trying to push but similar to most of my 5ks, that is next to impossible. The last mile of a 5k is always painful whether I’m running a PR or PW. I hit the third mile in 6:27 so I didn’t slow down too much.
All of a sudden I found myself approaching the finish line and they had a tape for me to break! That doesn’t happen often so I was really excited. I threw my hands up (like I think you are supposed to do) and went through.
Then to add more perfection to the day, Heather took second woman and Brittany took third. We actually took a 1,2,3! This race wasn’t close to a PR for anyone but it is a nice step towards running more short races. I’m very happy I made the last minute decision to race and have no regrets.
My hip felt the same as if I had run easy so that was a bit of confidence too. The weather conditions were perfect and the course was flat (probably the main reasons I had a solid race). This race gave me a bit of confidence that I could begin racing 5ks again…anything more is going to currently bother my hip. In summary it was a solid race for me and I have no complaints. I am looking to race a lot more short races for a while. My hip didn’t bother me during the 5k and I think it’s a logical step.
Questions for you:
What is your 5k strategy?
What was the last race you did with friends?