Memorial Day 5k/10k/1mile Race Recap 2016
I ran this race last year and loved it aside from the massive hills that were at every corner. I was hoping with more training, it wasn’t going to be too bad this year. Then I got an email from the race directors who said they changed courses and it will be fast and flat! Woo Woo!
So I signed up for the race back in April and I was so excited to run the 10k! I have never done a speedy training plan. I had to really search and decide what I wanted to do. First I had to figure out what speed I needed for it to be under an hour. It mainly consisted of speed work.
Let me back up for a minute. I hurt my knee back in February shortly after I miscarried when I stepped and twisted wrong off a ladder. It didn’t affect me from walking so I didn’t see a need to go see my chiropractor.
Fast forward to the beginning of April. When I started my training for the 10k, my knee started hurting only after I would run, never during. So I decided I should visit my buddy, the chiropractor. After a few visits he thought it was something to do with a tendon, and would probably take longer to heal. At first he didn’t want me to run, but after a few visits he said I could run, but to take it easy.
My “taking it easy” turned into not running or doing any physical activity. I got really depressed (depo-lupron) and didn’t want to do anything! I could tell something wasn’t right in my mind, I wasn’t myself. I wasn’t thinking logically. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch TV. I finally got on a vitamin called Niacin.
Once I started mentally feeling a bit better I decided I needed to incorporate strength training back into my exercise and that it was OKAY not to do cardio. I started going to Barre, but wasn’t consistent in attending. I recognized that I felt good afterwards, which gave me hope.
The week of the race comes and I go out on Saturday (May 28) and run a relaxing few miles. I only made it to 1.8 miles before my knee was sore. After that run I felt I shouldn’t run the 10k, so I switched to running the 5k. I told my running friend, Alli, that I would only run it with her if she stayed with me. Because I needed that friend support, and we hardly go running together.
Alli and I started at a fairly good slowish pace (my watch hadn’t gotten satellite signal yet) and I could still talk. Then she found a friend from a previous ward, and we ran the rest of the race with her. I felt really great and started pushing it.
We finished the race in 29:37ish and started a few minutes after the gun went off. So that’s the time I think I ran… My actual clock time was 32:37.
Overall it was a FUN race. MUCH better than last year.
Will I run this race again – yes! It is a fun tradition! Just no more injuries please.
Running with friends, Possible PR – hello flat course, Great Food at the end of the race, Lots of people to run with.
Lots of people which took us a few minutes to cross the starting line, No race results because it was a free race.
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