Last weekend I ran my third 5k since returning to the running scene. I’ve run the Flying Fish 5k before and enjoyed the race. Last year was extremely hot, and I ended up winning the race in 19:35. I was coming back from an injury and pleased. Since I have less running under my belt; I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Since running the 19:47 at the Philadelphia Airport two weeks ago (in ideal weather), I was realistically hoping to be around that time. Recently, I have put in more miles and run through hilly regions such as Chambersburg, Tennessee and North Carolina. At the start line, I didn’t feel bad but nowhere near feeling fresh either.
I also knew a couple of faster females would be there. It is hard going to race you’ve won, knowing you won’t, but I’m happy to have a deep field of incredible women to run with. Many of whom are good friends.
My good friends, Danielle and Amelia came down and stayed at the LOLZ hotel to run the Flying Fish as well. Amelia had a 20 miler that day. Spoiler: she ran 18 miles before the race, ran Flying Fish, and PRed.
I warmed up and got the start at 9:55. I chatted with a few friends including the women who won, Erin and women who got fourth overall Grace. With that introduction of characters (minus my husband who ran the race as a marathon tune-up), we were off.
During the first mile, I felt better than expected. However, I took it out faster than what I’m currently capable of and ran a first mile 5:55. As I crossed the first mile and looked down, all I could think was: Oh $hit. Not in a good way and not in the way I’ll hold that pace.
During the second mile, I found my groove and held on. I hoped I wouldn’t regress into a 20+ min 5k, but I also knew I deserved it for running the first mile that fast if I did. (To compare my fastest mile before that was 6:07). I hit the second mile in 6:23 and I didn’t feel great but also not terrible. There was a small hill that I forgot about, but I was happy with that.
The third mile of any 5k is usually a blur. In a 5k, I like it that way, and I just wanted the race to be over. At the end of the race, the Flying Fish has a half mile long straight finish. I could see Erin about a minute ahead, followed by another female I recognized, then me. I just focused on the finish which did not feel as if it was coming closer.
I hit the third mile in 6:12 and finished as the third female in 19:17. It was 20 seconds faster than last year as well as my previous 5k so I can’t complain too much.
Questions for you:
Do you run the same races each year?
What is your favorite race time start?
Since it’s at a brewery, this one starts at 10 am, but I typically do better with 8 am starts.