On Saturday I ran the Firecracker 5k in Haddon Heights. I haven’t run a 5k in a few weeks so I was excited to see where my fitness was. My goal of the summer is to continually race 5ks and get faster. As long as I keep improving while racing, I’m happy.
As I said in my training log, the week before I had not been feeling great. I felt sluggish during most of my runs. As the week progressed, I seemed to loosen up by Saturday. I was exhausted on Saturday morning but I was excited to run.
I got to the race around 7:00 am. I was happy to see the race started early because I was able to stay afterwards and talk to friends. I warmed up with Liz.
We got to the race start at 7:55. I saw several coworkers and friends. I think this was the most people I’ve seen at a race. I chatted and by the time I knew it, we were off. Something I do regret was not starting up at the front of the race. There was no chip timing and I got boxed in by several other runners. They were mostly local high school fast kids so I decided that elbowing them would probably cause this blog to be rebranded as LOLZinJail.
I haven’t done a big, no chip race in a while. I don’t mind not having chip timing because it keeps the race cost down. During the first mile, I ran side by side with Liz as well as a local high school cross country team. I felt like I was part of their pack! To my surprise I hit the first mile in 5:59. I haven’t run a mile that quickly in a very long time.
I thought I would probably slow down and positive split but I didn’t feel too bad during the second mile either. I actually started to pass more people including many walls of high school cross country dudes. I quickly began to build confidence.
During the second mile I thought there was a possibility I might be able to break 19 minutes. Then I loled because I realized that would mean running an evenly paced race and my body is not at that fitness level yet. I ran the second mile in 6:08. That mile was still one of the fastest miles I’ve run all year.
During the third mile, we made our way back to the start. I was focusing on powering through and finishing. By this point I knew I was on track to break through my summer plateau of high 19s or low 20s. At that point I was extremely excited to have a faster 5k so I was mustering all the power I could to finish.
I finished strong with a local high schooler in 19:15. I’m happy with that time and to be finally progressing towards my 5k PR. I was also second woman overall.
I’m glad to finally have a solid race. The weather was hot and humid but that is how summer races are. I’m excited to see where my legs are at next weekend at the Belmar 5.
Questions for you:
What was the last race you surprised yourself at?
Do you like to dress up for races?