because i said so
because i said so
made myself go to the gym and run 5k.
my thoughts during this run:
this run was not 100% BUT i still got out there - well in there (the gym), it’s been raining aaaaaalll day. and its supposed to snow. wtf. i really want to try and run 3.1 miles 3x a week. i can do it!
the first “gone girl” trailer was released.
First 5K race of the year!
My dad asked me to find one for us to do - this is our second one together and let me say, I hope we’re able to do another one this spring or summer.
The race was at a minor league baseball park near my parents so the course started in the parking lot, looped around a couple streets, and then finished on the field.. which was pretty cool. There was less than 300 people and I wasn’t really shooting for a PR due to lack of training/running (my best is 30:31) but wanted to stick to my normal time (between 31 and 33 minutes). My dad’s goal was to just finish and run it without stopping to walk (he had shoulder surgery back in January so he’s only been running again for a few weeks).
The one thing I didn’t like was the time…. it didn’t start until 10:30! By then it was WARM and the sun was HOT during the whole race. I guess you never know with a spring race but still. I like to do the 5Ks early!
They timed you by this thing that looped around your shoelaces….. unfortunately, it wasn’t really a chip, it just went by the clock time and it didn’t register when you ran through the start line, only when you ran over the finish line.
There was only about 260 people but i felt pretty good. The course itself was boring - only trees to look at and you just looped up and down the same streets but it was flat and they had clocks at each mile.
I felt confident but not that confident because I had brought the wrong running capris (mine were too big) and i had forgotten headphones but luckily my dad had a couple crappy pairs in his truck and we used those. Thank God or else I would have DIED the first 2 miles without music. I also had to keep peeing all morning (I literally peed 3x in the morning, then twice before the race started, and then again when it was done).
I ran the first mile in 10:05 which I was ecstatic about but I could FEEL it. I ran mile 2 in about 10:10 or something. The cool thing about looping around is I got to see my dad when I would go around the loop! Definitely pushed me to keep pushing and run faster.
The last mile was BRUTAL. At the 2nd water station, I threw water over my head ….. and my headphones went out. I literally just said “shit” out loud and had to run the whole last mile without music. Not fun. But I kept going, slowing down when I needed and speeding up when I could. No music was awful. They had music as we rounded around the parking lot towards the stadium but as I got closer to the stadium entrance I couldn’t hear it. I really thought the finish was never going to come but I sailed through that thing. i waited a couple minutes for my dad! He did great - no walking and only a couple minutes after me. Not his best time but still - he did awesome!
The other thing I didn’t care for was that they didn’t have chip time! Only clock time…… so not sure how accurate this is BUT according to the website my official time was 31:50 and my dad’s was 34:19! I’m really happy with this considering my best 5k time before I dominated Livestrong last year (30:31) was 31:48 (from October 2012)!!
I look AWFUL in this photo (huge and swollen and red lol post run endorphins and bad angle) but still….. its so weird still how this is something my dad and I can bond over now! I really enjoyed doing this race with him.
I think my next 5k is April 26 and I am running that with one of Dan’s good friends so I am not really concerned with time, but rather getting Dan’s friend to the finish line!