I may be completely soaked and struggling to type right now (frozen fingers), but I couldn’t be happier! Today was the Special Olympics Spring 5k. If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you may remember that back in November, I ran the fall 5k with Bobby. My goal time was to get under 26:00, but I ended up finishing in 26:25. I was slightly disappointed, but overall very happy with that.
My goal for this 5k was exactly the same as it was in the fall, and this time, I’m proud to say that I achieved what I set out to do. I finished in 25:42! According to Cool Running, that means my average pace was 8:16!!
In reality, the race was run a little bit differently than the average pace. I used Gmaps Pedometer and my HRM to calculate my rough pace for each mile.
Mile 1: 9:00 – I wasn’t really sure of myself during the first mile. Many of you probably recognize that I’m not really a full-time runner. It’s more or less something I like to do as exercise for enjoyment once a week (or so), and I like signing up for 5k races because they are an achievable distance for me and give me more motivation to improve my pace. I decided to take it easy for the first mile and see how my energy levels were at the end of it. Turns out, I felt amazing!
Mile 2: 8:15 – It was at this point that I decided I was going to pick up my pace and go almost as fast as I could. This worked well for the first 1/4 mile or so, but then I started to get a side ache and had to tell Bobby I needed to slow it up slightly. Even though we slowed down, we were still going much faster than we had the first mile, and by the time we reached the 2-mile mark, my ache was gone. Thank goodness, because whenever I get an ache I tend to freak out and make the situation worse This time, I just tried to breathe and “run it out” – not letting myself get worked up about it was key.
Mile 3: 7:37! – Based on the fact that we ran the last 3.1-mile leg of the race in about 8:30, it would appear that my pace was substantially faster! Trust me, I could tell - it took everything in me not to just stop and collapse to the ground. This is where serious training would help My side ache came back, my legs felt like Jello. But I looked at my watch and then looked at Bobby and asked him to give me a “pep talk” to take my mind off the pain. He was a really great motivator, and combined with the fact that I knew I was going faster than I ever have in my life, I pushed the limit. When we crossed the finish line, I couldn’t have been more excited. Bobby looked at me and said, “you’re pretty happy about this, aren’t you?” Yeah, I’d say pretty happy is an understatement!
As far as eating goes, I think my strategy worked out pretty well. Even though I had a side ache, I had a lot more energy than I usually do on my runs! Roughly an hour before the race started, I had:
- 1 Ezekiel English muffin topped with 1 tbsp. whipped butter
- 1 mug of Coffee Cocoa
After the race, I ate 1/2 of a cinnamon raisin bagel from Einstein Bros.
It was an amazing feeling, and I could never have done it without Bobby Here we are in our sweaty, soaking post-run glory.
Phew! Now I am tired! But I’m also more confident than ever that running is something I want to start incorporating more of into my life. The feeling I get after I complete one of these races is incomparable to the feeling after an elliptical workout at the gym I’m so glad that I came to this conclusion when the weather finally turns nice! With the exception of today’s rain and wind, of course.
I’ll be back soon with some eats. Today is my catch-up day in all aspects of my life. I better get to it!
Still on runner’s high,