This race was a different level of pain.
I’m not sure if it started hurting so bad after the first twenty steps into the race because that is just the name of the game when you are wanting to really push yourself in the 5k or if it was an off day for me? Either way, it’s amazing how long EACH MINUTE of the 5k lasts ha. I feel like a 5k minute lasts longer than a treadmill minute combined with listening to your least favorite song on the planet while having stomach cramps;). <— Slight exaggeration but I’m very happy I did this race. The race got me outside of my comfort zone (I’m all about avoiding racing hilly courses and short distances). I now know about where I am at to get my training started.
My next goal—> The Utah Valley 10k at the same average pace or a bit faster than what I did the 5k in (easier course but double the distance so I’m excited to see how it goes) in 3 weeks. Why not dream big?
On Saturday morning I picked up Emilee and we headed over to the race together. We were both feeling nervous and Andrew concluded the reason that I was feeling more nervous than normal (like way more nervous) is because I don’t have any confidence in the 5k. I’ve always told myself that I’m much better at the longer distances so I’ve avoided doing the shorter stuff. I’ve always told myself that the 5k is my weakness.
BUT the problem with that is our bodies listen to the stories we make up and tell ourselves so now I’m going to be telling myself the story that I am really great at the short stuff too.
We went out for a warm-up of about 2.5 miles. We kept it nice and easy, talked with our group and enjoyed the lack of rain (I broke my rain on race day streak)!
We switched our shoes (I warmed up in the Glycerin and wore the Hyperion for the race), took a huma gel, took my nanohydr8 and used the restroom. At this point Andrew and the girls arrived and we chatted for a minute before doing a few strides. I don’t know if I have ever really done strides before a race before but it felt nice to get the legs moving.
The race started at 8 and we were off! The below picture was pretty much the only time we were on the roads and the rest of the time we were on the sidewalks.
Andrew and the girls were there cheering and right after I passed them is when the pain set in ha.
The only part of the course I knew was the first hill in the beginning. I love knowing a course really well before going into it if I am racing it but it’s kind of nice to have the ignorance is bliss situation too. We climbed up 193 ft over the 3.1 miles and I definitely felt those ft. I didn’t know about that second hill (which looked much bigger in real life;) but I definitely dropped my pace a bit there too.
I don’t remember a ton during the race besides counting my steps, focusing on the things that weren’t hurting and doing my best to avoid looking at my watch and going off of feel rather than the number.
We ended on the track and I pushed as hard as I could and got passed in the final .1.
My two friends finished about 10-15 seconds ahead of me and it was fun to try to chase after them! (Oh and one of our friends took 1st and she finished in 17ish minutes). I was 5th overall out of the women and 8th overall for men and women.
My splits were: 6:21, 6:18, 6:20 and 5:44 pace for the last .1. My watch read 3.09 miles when I went across the finish line which is the closest it has ever been during a 5k race. A little less than a minute from my PR (years ago) and I’ll take it. This season is off to a fabulous start. I’ll definitely be back again next year for this race and I’ll eat those hills alive;).
Andrew said that it was QUITE the different spectating experience compared to the last two races he came to (ultra= ALL day and Boston = so many logistics to get around).
Afterwards they had the entire field set up with activities for the kids and plenty of food and drinks for the finishers.
A few more thoughts from the race:
*I want to get better at the 5k but I think I have more fun doing the longer stuff at a moderate difficult pace vs the full sprint.
*I was very annoyed with my music ha. Usually I NEED music but for some reason I was wishing that I hadn’t brought it and could just set my AirPods on the side of the road. I guess I could have taken them out during the race but that felt like too much work ha. I wanted to focus more on the race than my music so maybe I should start racing without music?
*I want to try a flat sea-level 5k now… anyone want to go on a road-trip?
*I think one thing that I like about longer races is you have time to make-up for miles that you don’t perform your best in or to recover from hard uphills. On the 5k you just have to go out and hit each mile just the way you want to because there isn’t time to make it up.
*I am celebrating the fact that I didn’t trip on any of the sidewalk cracks while trying to go fast… that is truly an accomplishment for me.
*I love when races end at a track. It makes it so easy for spectators and the runners.
*After the race I was talking to my good friend Jenn and telling her that maybe I could have pushed harder and she reminded me that, “It’s much easier to recover just minutes after a 5k so you think you might have not pushed enough, when in reality you did give it your best. The fatigue of a long race has us remembering that a little longer than a 5k.” <— so so true!
*I did not look at my watch as much as I normally do and I really think that helped me because I would have been freaking out over maintaining that first mile pace feeling so tired on the hill.
*Carol said the other day in the comments about the 5k, “They hurt the entire time. There’s no settling into a pace- you just GO.” Yep.
*Jen told me to repeat ‘FUN’ to myself during the race and I did which helped me to not quit on that second hill even though I wanted to. We do this all because it is fun and some races are going to feel a lot less fun than others but either way, we do this because it is fun.
*Last week at the Indy Mini for the last 4.1 miles I was running a pace a few seconds slower than my 5k average on Saturday but felt SO much better. Not sure if that is because I worked into the pace, it was flat or at a lower elevation but it was night and day difference!
*The Power Bun didn’t move at all during the race and I’ll just keep continuing with that tradition (I use about 8 rubber bands to really secure it).
*I LOVE Bailey’s new mantra and I thought about it during mile 3:
The day before the race I was asked to join the Runner’s Corner Elite racing team (our local running store) and I said yes in about 2 seconds.
Last year I did all of my training alone (besides a few long runs) and I’m excited to see what training with a team does.
Super grateful to have Emilee move in so close to me and inspire me to dream up some new goals! She took SECOND… absolutely incredible.
A few pictures from yesterday!
Brooke brought me my first bfast in bed= chocolate chips, bread with honey on it and an apple and then Andrew brought me my second bfast in bed.
Skye had her first ponytail.
Lots of games…
A salad bar, rolls and banana splits for all of our family!
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