I ran my first 5K race today (I don’t count my inflatable obstacle courses as we don’t run them) since my accident. I probably could have last summer, but I was timid and waiting for the “right” race.
One of my husband’s cousins put today’s race on Facebook a while back, and I clicked interested. Then my co-worker mentioned it, we realized that we were talking about the same race and our team was born. Fortunately, she was the captain 🙂 It is a great cause, the Sexual Assault and Crisis Center. We didn’t raise as much as we hoped, but a little more than we thought we would.
The biggest issue was my week leading up to it: do I run? A lot? Fast and short or long lazy distances? It had been so long since I had a pre-race week, and it’s not like I ran that many to begin with. Plus, my heavy run days tend to be Fri-Sat-Sun because of work, and I didn’t want to load up right before the race and have tired legs.
In then end I walked a lot. I did run a fast 2 miles on Friday–before I walked an hour and a quarter with a friend. Daisy got her time out with me too, and she walks quickly. Our walked mile would have been 15 minutes, except someone had to go to the bathroom, and it was really 15:30.
I am not sure if I will repeat that for my next 5K (and there will be another, soon) or not. I certainly didn’t have any problems running, and my legs felt good. But maybe some speed work outs and drills earlier in the week would have increased my time? Or maybe in the weeks leading up to it? I guess I will be playing around before each 5K to see what works. Good thing I had already planned to do three this summer!
I think I could have gone a bit faster, but I had no idea what the course was like and I didn’t want to get slammed with a hill at the end (which happened in my last race. See, I DO learn things!) They started us up a hill, and then we went down one we had to return, and this is where I love my hilly home area: I use the term “hill” loosely. Really, they were just gentle grades and I passed several people going up them (who frequently passed me going back down the hill).
Next year I will know where to kick it into gear (the team agreed that next year is a must). As it was, I didn’t start sprinting until I realized I could suddenly see the finish line. And who knew, I had enough left at the end to sprint for the finish.
I finished in 29:26, which is less than one minute slower than my last race. I was pretty pumped when I realized that my previous race was at the end of the season, whereas this is just my beginning. I was even more excited about being 68th out of over 400 participants.
Now, not all of them ran. In fact, most of my team did not. So after finishing, I walked back to find them and walked the rest of their way with them. Nice cool down!