My husband and I registered for the Phillies 5k a while ago. The race has been on my bucket list since hearing about it last year. It’s well put together, the registration fee helps the Phillies charity, and you get to finish with a lap around the stadium. It’s a unique and fun 5k but it sells out quickly, so I bit the bullet a few months ago and signed up. I normally and wait until the last minute to sign up for any race.
After the Shamrock half last weekend, I was sore and tired. Time wise, I had no idea what to expect. I haven’t raced a 5k since my PR at the Flower Show 5k. To be honest, I toed the line wanting to win. You can’t control who shows up to a race so that is a game of rolling the dice. I normally don’t make goals of winning or placing but overall winners received autographed baseball bats which was awesome.
We got to the race around 8 am, warmed up and then headed to the race start. My legs felt tired and heavy. I mentioned yesterday; my hamstring has been acting up since Shamrock, and it has taken me a lot longer for my legs to recover. It’s not anything for me to worry about (yet) but it’s something I want to monitor.
The race started at 9 am. It went out fast, and I found myself boxed in between several racers. We made a few turns in the parking lot and around the stadium. You don’t realize how big the stadium is until you’re doing laps around it! I hit the first mile in 5:44. I was pleasantly surprised because I didn’t feel that good. I think guts and grit prevailed, because I desperately wanted to win.
The second mile went by in a blur. I felt like I blinked and the second mile was over. We went through a park and near a band. Racers were running the opposite direction yelling “first woman,” and it was motivating. I hit the second mile in 5:40. I haven’t run a mile that quickly in over three years. I was excited because I didn’t feel great but was still running well.
To recap: mile 2 was my fastest mile in 3 years, and mile 1 was my second fastest.
The third mile ran directly into headwind. It was demotivating but I reminded myself it was a beautiful day, and at least the weather was nice. The last mile of any 5k is always challenging and a windy mile is no exception. We turned the corner and faced the finish line for over a quarter of a mile. It felt like the like the finish line was not getting any closer. I hit the third mile in 6:09 which I wasn’t surprised about. It was windy, and I felt like I was still working hard.
As I approached the finish line, the Phillies Phanatic rode his go-kart to “run me in”. I even got to break the tape. I finished the race in 18:27.
Winning such a big race was cool. I’m hoping I get back on track because I believe I have a 5k PR in me. If there hadn’t been a headwind, I think I could have dropped a few seconds from my time. I ran my fastest two miles in almost three years (5:40 and 5:44). This race was on tired legs, and it’s motivating to know when my legs felt 100% I do have a faster 5k in me. After the race they also interviewed me. I didn’t think it was possible for me to be more awkward than usual but life is full of surprises…
The Phillies 5k was a well put together and fun race. The winners received an autographed baseball bat.
Questions for you:
Are you a baseball fan?
Have you ever run a race put on by a professional sports team?