To be honest, if I weren’t so excited all month to run the Flying Fish 5k, I would have skipped it. The Flying Fish Brewery is a local Brewery with some of my favorite beer. The race director is great, and we did a special group run with them a few weeks ago.
After running RNR last weekend, I can tell you I wasn’t recovering well. It took me four days for my calves to loosen up, but they were still sore. On Thursday someone burst my bubble and said the temperature high was going to be close to 100. The race started at 10:00 am so I knew it would be a tough day. I don’t typically like to race at 10:00 (I like the race over) by 9:00 but this race was worth it.
I woke up at 6 am and had no idea what to do beforehand. The race was closeby do I didn’t have to leave early either. After twiddling my thumbs for a few minutes, I opted to clean my house and head over. When I got out of my car, I realized just how hot it was. I easily picked up my bib, warmed up (which meant I just sweat more through my clothing) and headed to the start line.
The race announcer said the race was going off promptly which I was thankful for. After the countdown, we were off. There was a lead pack of several men followed by two women, then me. The first mile went through several turns and by the end of the first mile I found myself as first woman overall. I was unsure if I would be able to maintain that lead throughout the entire race and honestly if it was another mile, I probably wouldn’t have. I crossed the first mile in 6:08 which was my fastest mile after injury.
The second mile got hot. I was running alone, but I knew the two women were on my tail. I tried to power through, but my legs had minimal pep (which I know was from racing Rock n Roll the weekend before). After running up the hill and doubling back, I crossed the second mile in 6:37. I was worried it might be a 5k where I regressed the final above a 7 min mile.
The final half mile was a long straight away where you could see the finish line, but I knew it was coming. Combined with the 93-degree heat and no shade, I knew it would also be tough. I knew I had zero kick and that the second place woman was closing the gap. I had to fight and dig deeper than I had to win. Did winning fuel my fire? Maybe, but I also really didn’t want to log another 6:30+ mile. I knew I could potentially run a post injury best, and I wanted to give that a fair shot.
I also knew I had zero kick and that the second place woman was closing the gap. I had to fight and dig deeper than I had to win. Did winning fuel my fire? Maybe, but I also really didn’t want to log a 7-minute mile. I knew I could potentially run a post injury best, and I wanted to give that a fair shot.
I mentally blocked everything out and dug as deep as I could go.
I hurt a lot, but I didn’t injury hurt.
As I saw the finish line draw closer, I saw two kids holding a tape to break. I powered through and crossed the third mile 6:18 and finished in 19:35.
I was extremely pleased for several reasons:
- It was my fastest 5k after my injury, and I was injury free.
- I actually showed up to the race, which I wasn’t sure I would in the heat.
- I mentally pushed myself out of my comfort zone again.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m pleased with my time. I do believe when my legs feel good and with a good weather day, my fitness is closer to 19:00 right now. I might be biased but the Flying Fish 5k is one of my favorite 5ks because it’s hosted from one of my favorite local Breweries (Flying Fish). If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check them out (but you should invite me too).
Questions for you:
Do you have a favorite beer?
Have you ever run from a brewery?