Last weekend I ripped the bandaid off and ran a 5k. I’ve kind of been avoiding them since late April. I think it was a combination of a meh race the Phillies 5k and then just not doing them. I knew eventually if I wanted to run fast again, I would need to dive head first and do a few. On Sunday, my husband asked if I wanted to run a 5k in Philadelphia. I said not really, but we still went. I had run two days the previous week, and I would consider it a high risk of injury race. It wasn’t my smartest decision of the year, but I still went. I decided to run in trainers to minimize the risk of injury as well.
It started at Fairmount park where my current 5k of 18:13 is. We warmed up, and it was already 80 degrees and humid. I decided to wear a crop top and shorts. We got to the start at 8:25 and I chatted with people, and we were off. I knew it would hurt.
During the first mile, there was a sea of people in front of me. I went back and forth from 1-3rd female with a few women. I didn’t care about the place, but my goal was to hopefully run around 20 minutes. Eventually, we spread out, and I hit the first mile in 6:17. I felt good about it, but I knew I wasn’t going to maintain that.
During the second mile, I went back and forth with a woman. She was in front most of the second mile, and I ran with my husband. I don’t usually take water during a 5k but it was hot, and I took a cup and splattered across my face. I hit the second mile in 6:23 and then hit the pain train.
My husband dropped me around mile 2, and I was happy with that. He hasn’t been running much either, but he is both a faster runner in better shape. I went back and forth with the first place woman, but she ultimately surged and won. The third mile was painful and I just wanted to be done. I knew the race was a good gauge of where I was fitness-wise, but it didn’t make the last mile any easier.
I ran the third mile in 6:40 and crossed the finish in 20:06. I’ve run most half marathon miles faster, but that’s not the shape I’m in now. I am definitely happy with my time and looking forward to racing again more. For an inaugural race, I thought the Fathers Day was well put together. I got what I needed out of it and had an enjoyable morning.
Questions for you:
Has the weather heated up near you?
Do you normally take water in a 5k?