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As I’ve mentioned (maybe a million times?), this past weekend I hit the road for three different 5k’s. To be honest, this wasn’t intentional – I completely got my dates mixed up and didn’t realize all three were the same weekend when I hit the “submit” button. Nevertheless, I don’t regret any of them!
1. Friday night my friends and I drove up to Grand Rapids, MI for the Yule Run, I’ll Walk 5k (7 pm start). My friends and I did it last year so it’s nice this is becoming a bit of a holiday tradition. It turned out, I would be the only one to run as the others walked with the cutie-patooty baby and puppy.
It was cold. Or I was cold – not sure which one. The course is mostly flat and it started right on time. I started running and I was worried I had gone out too fast. I was seeing 9:30’s on my garmin. I took control of my breathing and decided to keep pushing it. I crossed the finish line at about 29:50! I was THRILLED! My garmin said the same and that the course was even a tad bit long (just a smidgen but still brings my overall pace down!) My overall pace is listed at 9:34 on the website. I was shocked. I had convinced myself I couldn’t run faster times anymore so this made me really happy.
The rest of the night was spent with friends, Chinese food and a tasty beverage – it was a great night!
2. Bright and early Saturday morning (8:30 am start) was the Turkey Trot 5k. I’ve done this race quit a few times and somehow I always forget how HARD this course it! Man, it’s beastly! It was my friend’s first 5k so I was jazzed to share this with her. I’m a loser and forgot to take a pic of us together but you’ll have to trust me! She did so great! I was super proud of her! Me? I ran over to the start since it was really close to my apt and I knew I was in for a tough 3.1 miles. My legs felt heavy and uncooperative!
I finished this one (which was approximately 12 hours after my first!) in 33 mins and some change. I think my overall pace was about 10:34 (38?). Once I saw this part, I wasn’t as disappointed. In reality, as soon as the “gun” went off and we started up the hill my goal was 33 mins or under so I was happy with this. Afterward, we headed out to IHOP and I had my first ever IHOP pancake. Tasty!
3. My last 5k was the Jingle Bell run and it was at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. By this time, I was LOW on motivation! I was sitting in my recliner and wondering if I was going to get up and actually run. I was beat and while I wasn’t horribly sore, my legs were definitely tired. Luckily, I realized I had made all of these races massively public so I got off my bum and went out there.
The weather was beautiful and I was slightly overdressed. The race got started a little later than it was supposed to but then it was “go” time. Funny enough, at this moment I was still wondering if I was going to be able to pull this off. We hit the road and I felt like I was running in slow motion. Turns out I was running sub-10 min miles so I kept focusing on the mileage countdown.
Oh man, finishing was SO HARD! Haha, but I crossed the finish line in 29 mins and some seconds and had a 9:24 pace! Wahoo! This course was much flatter than Saturday’s so this definitely helped!
*I need to stop underestimating myself! I know this is a recurring theme here but it’s a recurring theme in my life overall.
*A few months ago, I bought some tights that I thought would be good for winter running. Turns out they are recovery compression tights. I figured this out Saturday evening and wore them that night and for the race the next day. I think they really helped!
*Running all out 3 days in a row is hard. Plain and simple.
*I didn’t stop at water stops for the first or third races. I can get through 3.1 miles without a water stop in the middle of Nov.
*It was a good boost of endorphins, confidence and FUN that I needed to infuse in my lackluster marathon training. Oh yeah, I’m still training for a marathon (<— kind of a joke as of late!).
*Not to brag, but my form kinda rocked!
It really was an ideal weekend of racing weather-wise and it also really helped me kick off the holiday season. So happy I didn’t succumb to the nagging voice in my head that said, “you are too tired to do this!” Thanks so much for all of the support!