Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
This is my race recap for the 8th annual Operating Changing Lives 5k race. I absolutely love this event it's one of my favorites. It benefits such a great cause and just has a positive feeling to it. It also just happens to be in one of my favorite places ever- the beautiful Ponce Inlet, FL. Last year I PRed here with a time of 22:39 (first time in the 22-minute range).
The weather was great for a race (low humidity and cool but not cold). My training for the week had been pretty decent, so I chose a goal of under 20:50.
I wanted to start out with a faster than usual the first mile to see if I could keep up the pace, but that didn't happen. I just wasn't feeling particularly quick and only stayed with my regular first-mile pace.
I wasn't especially happy with the way this was going, so I focused on trying to speed up for the second mile. I got passed around the turnaround but was able to regain my lead after a while.
I remembered from last year the last half a mile or so was on a dirt road. I actually enjoyed this part since I was prepared for it and looked at it as a trail race warm up.
I had been training with sprinting at the end of every practice run because it heard it helps to push yourself when you're exhausted at the end of a tough, training run. I believe this training has helped me to push myself at the end of races when I feel like I have nothing left in the tank. I was pretty satisfied with my race and my overall time. I know that if I keep up my training, I will break 20 minutes in time.
The awards are always these cool tiles made by the children of a local elementary school. I got this cute tile along with some sunglasses for winning overall female. This was such a happy race for me, and I feel like I'm at a good place with my running.
Overall: 5th out of 174
1st Place Overall Female
This is my race recap for the 16th annual Halifax Health Hospice 5k in Port Orange, FL. We were supposed to run this race in September, but Hurricane Irma pushed it back a couple of months. Last year this was one of my very first 5Ks, and I finished with a time of 23:33 (7:36 pace). Last week I was still a little disappointed with my training. I wasn't at a great place with my speed and knew getting under 21 minutes would be an achievement. Once again this was not where I wanted to be so late in the fall series, but I tried to remain positive.
Mile 1 6:35
The weather started out overcast and slightly chilled (good race conditions), but it started to mist right after away and continued for the first half mile. Fresh off my fall last week I was scared and found myself holding back with speed (even though I told myself it was irrational and to just run faster). I have fallen a few times running around the city center and for some reason, I had this mental block. I should have clocked at least a 6:23 first mile.
Mile 2 6:46
The weather stabilized, but my race anxiety did not. I managed a decent 2nd mile by my recent standards. I honestly felt okay cardio-wise, so that wasn't my problem. I just felt I couldn't go faster, like there was a wall in front of me.
Mile 3 6:55
A big part of the 3rd mile was on sidewalks (another nemesis of mine). I was trying to look down to avoid the possible unevenness while also trying to maintain my pace, and I failed at the last one.
Mile .10 5:47
I felt good enough to sprint after the 3rd mile. The course turned into an open road for the last half a mile. The clock read over 21 minutes when I saw it which didn't come as a surprise to me. I obviously had plenty in the tank and should have managed this race better, but all I can do is take it as a learning experience and move forward.
Overall: 10th out of 453
1st Place in age group 30-34 women
Sunday 11/5/17 was the Paint the Towne 5k race at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach. This was also the third event in the Daytona Running Series. I've heard great things about this race from fellow runners, and it certainly did not disappoint.
I certainly didn't have the best training week last week. My legs were more sore than usual, and I had a hard time meeting my mileage goals. I also happened to eat bad all week (county fair food bad). I knew I could only set a reasonable time goal of around 21:10.
Mile 1 6:34
This November morning in Florida was a hot one which meant it would be even tougher to meet any goal. I didn't feel fast during this mile. I felt tired and unable to keep up with the strong runners. My best races are when my first mile is around 6:20, but this was not one of those times.
Mile 2 7:01
The first part of mile 2 wasn't eventful until BAM out of nowhere I tripped (over gravel I think?) and fell on flat on my face. I've fallen running sidewalks before but never on a clear road and never during a race. I didn't have time for that to slow me down, so I quickly rose to my feet, checked for injuries and just kept going. I only bruised a little (my knees and my pride) nothing severe or especially painful. I couldn't slow down now, or I would lose any lead I had.
Mile 3 7:07
I was a little shaken from my fall but tried not to get it get to me. Subconsciously it was hard to run at full speed, but I told myself not to use any excuse and finish strong.
Mile .10 6:14
I knew there was someone right behind me, so I had to speed up as soon as I saw the finisher clock. It was in the late 20-minute range so pretty much on target with what I expected. I was able to keep my lead despite not having much left in the tank.
A far cry from a PR, but on target with my race day goal nonetheless. I will take it especially considering all the craziness that went on with my fall which shows how important it is to be adaptive to all situations that come at you. The course through historic Old Daytona was lovely; everyone was right about this race being one of the best locally.
Long Sleeve race shirts are a favorite among runners because they are rare, so I'm excited every time I get one. I liked it so much I bought last year's shirt for $3 at the start. The finisher medals were so nice and went along with the theme of Paint the Towne. The award plaques were stunning, and I received a Bonefish gift card, movie ticket, and running store gift card for my overall win. Our goody bags had these yummy, cookie protein bars that I need to buy. This race gets an A+ for swag that's for sure.
Overall: 11th out of 141
1st Place Overall Female
Sunday 10/29/2017 was the 6th annual Lighthouse Loop half marathon and 5K in Port Orange, FL. Last year my time was 23:25 (a PR at the time). The 5k started at 10 am because some people chose to run in both the half marathon and the 5k for extra bling (I was not one of them). I'm not particularly a morning person so sleeping in on race day was fantastic.
The weather was overcast and chilly with a slight mist. Luckily the rain held off, and it made for perfect conditions. I had a successful week of training and felt like I could set another PR of under 20:53, so that became my goal going into this race. Anything under 20:53 would make me happy.
Mile 1 6:20
They made the 5k an out and back course this year which meant no bridge for us (I rejoiced a little when I found this out). Everyone did a great job promoting this event. There were well over 200 runners in the 5k alone (a lot more than last year). I lined up towards the front and tried to stay warm until we started. I knew these would be good conditions. Sweating on the start line means a hot race but shivering a little means an enjoyable one. The chill went away right after we started and I felt so positive about this first mile. I tried to push myself into a comfortable yet fast pace.
Mile 2 6:39
I knew I had a decent first mile and wanted to continue the pattern. I have been focusing on increasing my mileage during my more intense treadmill session rather than increasing my speed, which has helped my endurance so much. Running 4 miles at a fast pace makes the 2nd mile of a 5k easier.
Mile 3 6:51
This mile also felt more comfortable than the previous 5ks, but it's still my problem area. The last mile is where I start to feel any fatigue or pain I'm holding off, but luckily I felt less than usual. I kept telling myself not to slow down.
Mile .10 6:15
I tried to sprint as much as I could here because the final sprint can shave valuable time off your pace. I saw the clock in the low 20-minute range and thought OMG this is great. My official time was 20:17 over 3 minutes faster than last year. I know a lot of this had to do with the conditions, but hey it's still a pretty significant PR.
I think I found a training plan that works for me. It's what I like to call "the listen to your body plan." I also feel like the longer runs at a faster pace have significantly helped with my endurance in racing. Now for what has been a long-term goal of mine forever-running a 5k in under 20 minutes. The shirts were even better this year, and the sizes fit nicely. I got a unique and beautiful lighthouse trophy and a gift certificate for my overall win. The Lighthouse Loop is by far one of my favorite races of all time. I'm counting down for next year!
Time: 20:17 *PR
Overall: 2nd out of 262
1st Place Overall Female