Hey friends! A few days ago I ran a 5k, and now I owe you a recap. It was a total last minute decision. I usually love to jump in 5k races in the summer, especially early summer before any training for fall distance races has begun. But it’s hard to find free Saturday mornings, which is when most 5k races are. And so, when a Friday night option became available, I went for it!
I’ll start with what, for me, was the coolest part of the experience. Back in the fall, I went to a banquet where the keynote speaker was a guy named Dathan Ritzenhein. He’s a super cool, super talented, unbelievably humble professional runner. And in fact, he was the top American finisher at the Boston marathon this spring, finishing 7th overall! Anyway, we got to chat after that banquet, and I was very impressed by his story. He’s overcome so much to run at the highest level. And he’s a local guy. He grew up and now lives in West Michigan, and he was at the 5k I ran supporting his wife who was also running. He actually remembered meeting me, and was cheering for me as a I finished my race. I thought about asking him for a picture to go with my story, but decided it would be a little weird, so you just get the story.
Anyway, the race was not my best. I got there in plenty of time, ran a couple of warm up miles, and was ready at the starting line about ten minutes before the gun went off. I felt good, but I haven’t been doing much speed work, so my ambitions of setting a PR were a little unfounded. I felt good when we went out, clearly, because my first mile was a 6:33. Ha! I knew very well I was in trouble because that’s not a pace I can hold or match for three miles.
And sure enough, mile two, which was mostly on a dirt road, was much slower: 7:04. Those two miles felt at an equal effort, but clearly were not. At the turnaround (it was an out and back race) I could see that the overall leader was a woman though, which was really cool. She ended up finishing third overall (passed by a couple of “young bucks”, her words), which is still really impressive.
My mouth was crazy dry by the start of mile three. Random, right? But I could barely swallow. Anyway, aside from that, I got a little energy boost and found someone to try and catch by the end (I did!) and my last mile was 6:54. I don’t know what the last .1 was, but my finish time was 21:20, about 20 seconds off of my PR time. I did also manage to nab 2nd overall female and 1st in my age group as it was a smaller, local race. So, I’m not complaining at all, but there’s something about the 5k distance that always beckons you to keep racing it and trying to do better. I’ve got the 5k bug again, and want to run another soon.
Other than that race, here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:
M – 60 minutes strength training
T – 1 mile warm, 4 x 800, 1 mile cool down
W – Off
Th – 60 minutes kickboxing
F – 5 k run + 2 warm up miles = 5 total miles
S – 60 minutes kickboxing
Su – 4 easy miles
I hope you’re all having a great start to the week. Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s July already?! I look forward to summer all year, so I need things to slow down a bit.