My good friend Courtney convinced me to run
this race these races and I figured why not, 5K + 10K after running a few halfs (halves?) will be NBD. I, of course, totally slacked off in the 2 weeks since Navy Air-Force thanks to a pesky cold and a busy work schedule and didn’t run a single mile. I went in with lose plans of, push the 5K and coast through the 10K.
I’ve raced the last 3 races in my Oiselle single so decided to mix things up a little and bust out my sparkle athletic skirt from Shamrock. It ended up being too hot for the arm warmers but I wore my favorite glovers for the 5K then stashed them for the 10K.
After being way too rushed for the last few races, Courtney picked me up early and we made it to the race start with SO MUCH TIME. Zero lines at the port-o-poties and easily 30 minutes to spare before race start. Great race organization, zero stress, love Pacers events!
This gave us plenty of time to meet up with Nevie and take a few pictures before lining up to start the 5K.
5K: The race is net downhill for the first 1.5 miles which is fantastic and resulted in some nice mile splits. I started out way too fast and about 5 minutes in remembered that I really should pace myself cause 3.1 miles isn’t actually THAT short. First 2 miles went great (thanks downhill) and last mile was a bit of a struggle as evidence from my splits: 8:22, 8:17, 9:38. I rarely run 5Ks and my previous PR was 29:01 which I felt fairly confident I could beat. My official time was 27:46 for an average pace of 8:56 for a nice 75 second PR :)
I didn’t realize that it was a decent hike to get from the finish line back up to the start but we pretty much crossed the finish line, grabbed a water and started hiking back up the hill. A solid 25 minute walk (1.5 miles) and we made it to the start of the 10K with <1 minute to spare. I quickly stretched my calves, questioned whether I really wanted to run 6 miles and before I knew it the gun went off and I was starting the 10K.
10K: The courses are identical except you go out a bit further before turning around and finishing at the same place as the 5K. I once again really enjoyed the downhill but really tried to dial in my pace and not go crazy after a fast 5K (a relative term). At the bottom of the hill, we entered the open stretch of the highway and the sun was in full force. At this point I had lost Courtney so stepped to the side to pull out my headphones and start up Pandora. I felt pretty good up until mile 3 then the heat and the fatigue of the 5K hit hard. I ended up run/walking the last 3 miles. Splits: 9:30, 9:43, 10:05, 10:52, 11:26, 11:29 - perfectly executed positive splits as the temp increased and the wheels fell off. I had no goal for the 10K so tried to remind myself that it was a no pressure race and just to power through and then there would be brunch at the end. I ran into Kathryn on the course and we ended up flip flopping during our run/walk and finishing at almost the exact same time. Official time was 1:06:04 which is far from a PR but that wasn’t my goal.
Pacers graciously handed out metro cards for the hike back to the start so we hobbled over the metro and hitched a ride back to the start which was so nice. We grabbed our checked bags and headed over to brunch with the other local Oiselle girls (hostess failed at photo taking). It was so nice to meet some new local running ladies!
I then proceeded to take a rockin’ nap and then spend a small fortune at Costco to round out Saturday. BTW, have I mentioned how much I love Saturday races? It goes along with how much I enjoy getting a long run done on Saturday and having Sunday to recover. Sunday rolled around and I felt like I got hit by a bus, probably due to the lack of running for 2 weeks and the downhill running and uphill hiking. My shins are still super sore so i’m going to take it easy this week and hopefully get back into a regular routine next weekend.
Oh and I don’t have ANY races on the calendar which is super weird and kind of a relief. I’ve had a very busy race calendar in August/September and i’m going to try and stay motivated through October without a race that I’m aiming for. I want to try and make cross training a priority and work on balancing out my running muscles. Though, i’ll likely cave and have something on the race calendar soon ;)