On Thanksgiving, my husband I headed to the Medford Colony 5k. We haven’t raced in Medford for a while, but it was the closest 5k to us. We had to get back to cook our turkey.
After signing up, they informed us they ran out of t-shirts. Even some preregistered participants did not receive shirts. I didn’t need another t-shirt but I found it to be a bit tacky not to have anywhere close to enough t-shirts. This was one of the many hiccups we ran into.
During the warm up we got lost and ran 4 miles versus 3. After finally getting back to the start line we saw there would not be enough time to use the restroom. Since the four restroom stalls for 800 people had a line a mile long, we just skipped it. We got to the race start at 8:25 and were off by 8:30. At the start line, there were a lot of younger kids upfront that should not have been.
When the race started, I found myself weaving around the kids. Two small kids ran directly into me and actually hit my watch just right that it froze! I was quickly able to fix the problem and restarted the watch.
After resetting my watch (while still running), I began actually focusing on running hard. The messy race start didn’t cause me to stop running and only threw off my Garmin data. I was lucky the kids kind of bounced off me, and none of us fell I guess.
During the first mile, there was a lead pack, and I found myself as third female overall but I could see the first two women. I passed one shortly and found myself alone with no one. The first mile went around the lake and through the neighborhood. There was a slight hill. I ran the first mile in 5:59. I was surprised with how fast I was running because I didn’t feel that great.
During the second mile, I was running close to another woman. I passed her and once again found myself alone. My legs felt heavy, and I knew I couldn’t hold the pace I was running. During mile 2, several of the leaders got led in the wrong direction. Luckily for me they had sorted it out before I hit a turn and a man was yelling hard right. I ran the second mile in 6:04.
The last mile was a struggle. My legs felt tight and sore. If you feel good the last mile of a 5k, you aren’t doing it right. Around 2.5, the woman I was running with earlier passed me. She broke me and I knew I didn’t have the energy to catch her. We made another turn around a school which I was thankful for because I thought the course might end up being short. I ran the last mile in 6:11.
By the time I knew it I was crossing the finish line. They had a pace per mile clock at the end as well as an overall time. I finished in 18:48 and as second women overall.
I was not tapered and didn’t feel great. It was motivating because my legs hurt and I was able to run a sub 19 minute 5k. I think when I taper, I would be able to PR. Will I say that every race? Who knows… My goal was to run faster than my first 5k in the Philly half marathon (18:59) and I did that so I can’t complain. Only 12 more seconds until my PR!
Questions for you:
Did you run a turkey trot?
How was your Thanksgiving?