Thanks for all your encouraging words for my 5K race! You all make me smile 🙂
On Sunday, I ran my first 5K race (that I didn’t run with someone else- meaning, I got to give it my all). I ran the Dublin Shamrock 5K and had a blast! It was a smaller race, close to my house, people dressed up and wore green, and my family was there to walk/run it too!
I did have a ton of fun, but man I realized that I was not built for a 5K. Honestly NO type of running has ever come easy for me. I was not born with the gift that elite runners have. Gymnastics and kung-fu, both sports I was good at and came naturally. Running on the other hand- think of a baby dear with asthma trying to climb an escalator. It took a lot of hard work, and will continue to take a lot of hard work. (By that I do NOT mean that gifted athletes don’t work hard)
But back to the 5K- after training for half marathons (and one marathon) relatively consistently for the past ~2 years now (weird to think that I only started running in 2013!), I have settled in to, slow-and-steady running. I like to think of myself as a basic Honda (and no, not because I’m Japanese). No amazing acceleration or top speed, but I am reliable and can last a long time. 5K’s on the other hand- those I feel like you need a flashy German sports car 😉 I always joke with Kyle that I have 0 fast-twitch muscles.
Now I know I said I’m not built for a 5K, but all exaggeration aside, what I really meant was that I wasn’t trained for a 5K. I like to stay in half marathon shape year round. Not half marathon PR shape, but in good enough shape that I could run an easy half marathon if I wanted to. Half marathons and 5K’s are completely different beasts.
And I did not really train for a 5K race. I really had no idea how to pace myself, how much to warm up, etc. So I just went with it!
Because it’s a small race, the parking and getting to the starting line was easy peasy. In fact, so easy that my family gave me death stares because we got there so early. After we hit the port-a-potties, I decided to warm-up and jog around the block (maybe .75 miles). When I got back to my family, I freaked out and realized I had to pee again and got back in the line (which at this point was super long). I got out just in time, 5 minutes till the start.
They had nice, large, pace corrals signs and expected people to use the honor system. Ha. I lined up in my corral- at the back of the 7:00 min. mile corral, right before 8:00 min milers. I started to look around and noticed that a lot of “suspicious” people were in front of me. Now, I’m not one to judge a book by its cover. But when you see parents with babies in those backpack carrier things, kids barely walking and holding their parents’ hands, and grandpa over there with his cane- all in front of you- you start to question this honor system. I realized that if I didn’t want to spend the first 2 miles weaving, I needed to move up.
The race started right on time. I thought I was in a good spot, but I still spent a good half mile weaving in and out of “walkers.” Rude. The race went by really fast for me. I remember breathing hard and thinking my lungs were on fire. I remember a few small but evil hills. I remember thinking that I miss the half marathon. And I remember dad-with-baby-in-stroller FLY by all of us.
Mile Splits: 7:28, 8:23, 7:54
See, I told you I had no idea how to pace myself. 7:55 average pace- not bad!
Official Time: 24:56. 11th in my AG, 40th female overall (out of >1000)
I was a disappointed in my time. Obviously I wanted to be faster. But hey, I know what I need to work on for next time.
This was a great small race! The volunteers were awesome and the course was clearly marked. I only wish they had more port-a-potties and a more organized start. The festival (that was running all weekend) after the race was a lot of fun. Live music, a raffle for runners, free samples (+ food you could buy), carnival rides, etc. Definitely a race I want to do again 🙂
Did you do a St. Patrick’s Day Race?
Do you have a hard time pacing yourself for 5K’s?
What sport comes easy to you? What sport is hard?