Going into this race, I knew I had PR'ed here last year, so of course I would have loved to better my time this go-round, but truth be told, I've done ZERO speed work at all this year (my one and only attempt at speed work occurred last Thursday when I decided to just go out and run a really fast 5K. I logged my fastest mile ever at a 7:15 split and I nearly peed my pants when the Map My Run computer lady shouted that out!), plus I've only been running a couple times a week lately. With boot camp taking up a large portion of my workout schedule, plus the shoe drama I've been going through for weeks, my runs lately had been fewer and shorter.
If you recall, I tried out a new cushioned shoe (Brooks Glycerin) and some Newtons (read about my experiences here). Well, I finally settled back on my tried and true Vomeros, but this time with Spenco Total Support insoles. (The purpose of them is to bridge the space in my super-high arches in hopes that will alleviate the strain on shins.) After trying 2 pairs of shoes, I really didn't want the running store to have to continue to send back shoes on my behalf! Honestly, if I could get a job testing running shoes somewhere I would be in heaven and perhaps after trying out hundreds of shoes, I'd be able to find the perfect fit, but right now I'm hoping the new Vomero + insole combo works some magic!
So far, I've run in them 5-6 times and [KNOCK ON WOOD, times a million] I haven't had any shin issues. *Keeping fingers crossed*
So other than not be prepared to run this race fast, how else did I feel about it? Well, I worked Saturday night until 11:15pm, which ended up giving me about 5 hours of sleep so it was a no go on the 'well rested' part of the preparation as well! And lastly, I forgot to buy bagels which is what I always eat before races so I had to improvise. Lo and behold, a Kaiser roll with jelly. Pre-race fuel of champions?! I mean who wouldn't want a toasted hamburger bun for breakfast. I know what YOU all are having tomorrow morning. You can thank me later for that "recipe" ;)
I don't run 5K's very often so I always forget that you're supposed to warm up beforehand. In longer distance races, the first mile or two serves as the warm up, but when the race is only 3 miles long, you need to be running like a bat out of hell from the get go! So, once again, didn't warm up and for some reason I got a cramp after mile 1?!! Ahhhhhhhhhh, that rarely happens to me. I'm pretty sure I was under-hydrated and just really sleepy from working so much Fri and Sat night. And not warmed up for the pace at which I was running. Ahh well. So, I ran the remaining 2 miles with a cramp and feeling like I was running REALLY slowly. I only heard them yell out my first mile split which was around 8:05 and didn't glance at my Garmin the rest of the race. So I felt like I was going to come in at like 26 or 27 mins.
Well imagine my surprise when I crossed the finish line in 25 something. Whaaaat?! I finished in 25:37 which was only 20 seconds slower than last year's 25:17. Not too shabby for being pretty unprepared. I know lots of you out there are probably waaaaaaay faster than me (uh, Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile finished a full FOUR minutes faster than me in 21:36!!! Incredible!) but 8:15 min/miles are fast for me! Now if I can just find a nice flat 5K course somewhere, perhaps I'll break 25 mins one day!! Oh and for reference the first place finisher came in at 18:03?! Is that even human?!
Hope you all had a great first weekend of summer! The Summer Solstice makes me infinitely happy :)
Do you enjoy the 3 miles of pain known at the 5K?!?!