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Book It 5k Race Recap

Book It 5k Race Recap

Last weekend, I ran my first 5k since June. Now that I’ve begun marathon training I won’t be tapering for many, if any, 5ks.  Since I haven’t been racing anything short, I had no idea what to expect.  Somewhere in the 20-21 minute range seemed about appropriate.  The course was short, and I ran roughly that pace.

I ran the Book It 5k much faster last year and enjoyed it because I got to see many of my friends and it is always a good time. Plus, I use the library frequently, so it seemed like a good idea.

I arrived to start around 7:45 am talked to a few friends, and then ran about 3 miles to warm up. I didn’t feel good, and my legs felt both stiff and sore. It felt like fatigue had caught up to me. I knew it wouldn’t be a miracle fast time, but I had to race with how I felt.

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We lined up along the grass, and I chatted with several friends.  By the time I knew it, we were off.  It starts on the grass.  Luckily there weren’t many geese in the way like last year.

As got off the grass I looked up to see I was about fifth or sixth place.  There was a young, 8-year-old female in front of me, as well as several friends.  Around the half mile, I settled into 3rd place, where I stayed the entire time (right behind a man pushing a stroller…who has also beat me pushing a double stroller).  I hit the first mile in 6:21 and all I could think was…how the heck am I going to keep this up?

The second mile happened without much of note.  It felt like it was barely moving. I wanted the race to be over.  I hit the second mile in 6:29.  I was shocked because it felt like I was crawling. My legs haven’t been that stiff while racing in a while, but I wasn’t surprised and thankful it wasn’t mile 2 of a half marathon or marathon.

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The last mile just hurt. I was sore, tired, and just wanted the race to be over. I felt as though the young girl was going to catch me.  Honestly, if she did it wouldn’t have bothered me either.  We ran back over the field, and I ran to the finish line.

I finished the race in 18:24 and I think it was somewhere around 2.5 short.  I’m guessing I would have run about 20 minutes or so.

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I feel good about that, and it’s about the same pace I stopped racing 5ks at. I didn’t feel great, and I know with a few more 5ks and speed under my belt, I’ll be able to hone in on some faster races.

I do plan to run several 5ks through marathon training. Racing frequently keeps me from feeling stale like I did before NYCM the first time.  Plus, it’s a great way to see friends. It’s hard to believe I ran multiple half marathons faster than this in the Spring, but it gives something to work towards.

Questions for you:

What is the sorest you’ve felt during a race?

What is your favorite book?

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Cherry Hill Book It 5k (18:59.8)

Last weekend, where there were several local 5ks I contemplated doing. With my work schedule, the Cherry Hill Library Book It 5k seemed to be the best choice.  Plus, I use the Cherry Hill library, so it made even better.  The night before, one of my friends posted a photo of the bib which was just numbers (no ads, no anything, just big bold numbers) and that sealed the deal.

I got to the race around 7:30, warmed up and by the time I knew it, it was time to start.  The race began in an open field, similar to a cross-country race.  I wasn’t quite expecting that.  At the end of the field, I noticed there were a bunch of geese.

cherry hill book it 5kAnyone that knows me knows I’m petrified of geese, so I wasn’t excited for that.  Secretly, I hoped the young kids would scare them away beforehand.

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We were off.  As we approached the end of the field, the faster runners cleared them away, and I was left with a nice clear path onto the cement.  I would add at least a tenth of a mile with no shame to avoid geese.

By the first half of a mile, I found myself in fourth overall.  My body didn’t feel great (why would, I just raced a half marathon the week before).  I hit the first mile in 6:17 and found myself as the third person, about 15 seconds behind two young kids.

It felt as though I was slowly catching them, but it’s always hard to tell when you’re running.  The course went through a series of turns, bends, and forks, but the policeman cyclist kept us going in the right direction. During the second mile, I passed both and began leading the race.  That’s always a good feeling.  I hit the second mile in 6:07. cherry hill book it 5k

The third mile was a blur.  I was running by myself, just trying to power to the finish line.  I could feel some acid from the previous week, and I didn’t feel the greatest.  I just wanted to get the race done, and it felt like it wasn’t getting any closer.  We headed back towards the library and finished back onto the geeseless, open field (I’m not complaining).  I crossed as the first place person in 18:59.8.

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A nice .2 buffer right under 19.  As someone who has lost a couple of swim races by .1 (including a mile), those .2 seconds felt spectacular.

So now my progression is:
8/20 Run the Runway 5k (20:54)
8/27 Philadelphia Airport 5k (19:45)
9/10 Flying Fish 5k (19:17)
9/23 Cherry Hill Book It 5k (18:59.8)

I know, of course, soon I will break the streak of continuing to progress smoothly in the 5k as nothing is linear but for today I’m happy with my progress as I continue to build back fitness.

Questions for you:
Are there any animals you’re terrified of?
For me, it’s both geese and turkeys.
Do you work on weekends?

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