My first race of 2016 is in the books. It was my first 5k race in like 2 1/2 yrs. Saturday afternoon at 6 p.m. was the 5k. It was at a local island in the river, the race was basically one big loop with a footbridge out and back right before the 2 mile mark.
It was cold- somewhere in the lower 40s. I wore a jacket but decided to ditch it after the warm up. I seem to get pretty hot and sweat a lot more than some people when I run. I had on capri tights too and just a soft cotton tee. While I was warming up, I realized I was hungry. Dangit. I had church at 4, so when I got home at 5, I quick ate a hard boiled egg, but that wasn’t enough. I quickly ran back to the clubhouse to search for food. They didn’t have any save for some pretzels at the bar. So I ate a handful of pretzels and then stopped in a port a potty to pee again. We lined up at the starting line and I stayed back a little bit though I didn’t see anyone that looked very speedy. When we took off I ended up in 2nd place behind a tiny girl who I figured to be around 12 or so and thought maybe she would be speedy. Well she quickly slowed and I ended up in 1st place right behind a pack of 4 men. My goal was to pretty much stick near those guys. I actually decided to run with my Runkeeper on, so after the first mile flew by, I checked my pace. 6:26. Nice. I hoped to pick it up so I could sub-20. I was feeling good and actually didn’t feel like I was going that fast. The 2nd mile I kept waiting for this footbridge. It came near the end. It was the only incline and it wasn’t really much, but I think it slowed me down because I was being cautious not to lose my footing. At the turn around I got to see that there weren’t any other ladies anywhere close to me.
At the 2 mile mark, I grabbed a water because… pretzels. I checked my Runkeeper- 6:40 pace. Better pick it up. So I tried picking it up and felt myself closing in on some of the men ahead of me. During my warm up I turned around .7 miles from the finish line, so I kept waiting for that spot. I also kept track of where .5 miles from finish was, so then I concentrated on getting to that spot. That was really helpful. In the last quarter mile, the bicycle lead came back to ask me what my name was and to tell me not to worry, no one was close to me. I had to tell him my name and that threw off my breathing which was annoying. I tried to kick it in but I could see that I wasn’t going to break 20, so I wasn’t that motivated. I finished in 20:23 which is a 6:35-ish pace. I am very happy with that. For my first race this year and first 5k in a loooong time, that is awesome. I feel like I am only going to get faster from here. I hope that is true. It also motivated me to sign up for some more 5ks, so I found one in April to do and I will do the half in May and see what other 5ks come up.
Here is the Runkeeper data
6:26. 6:50, 6:36, and the .1 @ 6:11 total climb was like 126 haha.
I do need to do some hill workouts at some point, not all races are this flat, though most of them here are.
I guess my goal now is to eat better before a race. I figured that out already with my first fall marathon this year, but this was in the evening, so timing was different. I wouldn’t do anything different pace wise, I was pretty consistent and no one passed me. I didn’t pass anyone in the last mile or so either.
Sunday I ran an easy 6 miles in the afternoon. Monday I only got in 1 mile. Tuesday Red woke up at 3:30 puking. After she was back asleep and in bed with RKY, I got in a long run of 12 miles. This morning she was still restless so I hope to sneak in a run later.