I fell asleep really early last night, and when I woke up at 3:45 out of nowhere, thoughts of not running the 5K were running through my mind. I had fallen asleep on the couch, so I headed up to my own bed, and made the decision I wouldn’t run today. I didn’t want to pay the registration fee. I hadn’t really run in 3 weeks. I was nursing my knee injury. I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep resigned to the fact I wouldn’t run.
I ended up dreaming that I missed the race, and I could see the runners running by my house. I actually woke up crying about this at 6:44, one minute before my alarm would have gone off. I took this as a huge sign that I needed to get up and go run this race.
So I got up, had my usual pre-race breakfast, divided in half, of a bagel with peanut butter and 1/2 banana, showered, and quickly threw on my race clothes. I got there just in time to register, grab my race packet and t-shirt, run back to the car, and head back to the start line.
The half-marathoners started 10 minutes before the 5k. And they’re off!
I didn’t even get a whole lot of time to stretch before we were told to line up.
This race was directed by the same group who did the Delaware Hospice 5K last year. I was looking at my watch after running 11 minutes and thought for sure I’d see the Mile 1 marker. I later found out it was on the other side of the street, where none of us would see it. I don’t like “running blind” like that. I like to know how far I’ve been, but hopefully that will be cured soon with a Garmin… just waiting on some extra $$$.
But I did find myself doing something I normally don’t do… I picked a few women throughout the race and decided to pick them off one at a time. I usually just stick with my one pace, slow and steady, but I wanted to pick it up a little today. I did, however, take about 3 walk breaks, one for 1 minute and 2 for 30 seconds. I’m notorious for getting sick at the end of 5Ks, so I didn’t want to push myself to that point, but I think I could have done without most of my walk breaks. I think I broke my momentum.
Besides a slight wave of nausea at the Mile 3 marker, I finished strong with a time of 34:08, my second best 5K race time. I placed 12th in my age group out of 28. I finished with no knee pain!
The race started and finished at Irish Eyes Pub, which has burned down twice now and has been rebuilt.
I’m so excited to have done this race and know that my knee pain is gone! This means I can get back in to the swing of things and start Hal Higdon’s Spring Training program. Since I don’t have any scheduled long races for a while, I wanted to start building up my base mileage. This is this week’s schedule.
Doesn’t seem too challenging 🙂 But I plan on trying my best to run every run the whole way through with no walk breaks. I’m really anxious to sign up for more races!!! My next 5K race is the Zoo Stampede on April 24th at the Salisbury Zoo.
When you’re fresh out of registered races, what kind of base mileage do you keep up? Do you take a few weeks off? Or are you constantly registered for something?