A friendly 5K

Happy 4th of July! I started out my day right with my first race in over a year, the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk.

I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to run this race.  I could race it, which I pretty much equate to feeling like death for 3.1 miles.  Or I could wog* it like I have in training.  In the end, I decided to go with something middle of the road.

I didn’t want to full out race it for several reasons:

  1. I didn’t want to feel like death.
  2. I didn’t want to mess with any special rest/recovery, nor did I want to injure myself.
  3. Perhaps most importantly, I knew I wouldn’t finish fast and I wanted the excuse of saying I didn’t race it. Sad, but true.

Then again, it was a race.  I didn’t want to feel like I was holding myself back.  So I chose not to wear my heart rate monitor and ran it by feel.  It certainly felt faster and harder than my typical pace, but I was able to pretty comfortably keep up a conversation the whole time.  I finished strong and with gas still in the tank.

I purposely refrained from looking at the Garmin until after the race:

Mile 1  – 9:51
Mile 2 – 9:04
Mile 3 – 9:11 (including a water stop)

Finish time – 29:02

This is by no means a personal best, but I feel really good about it considering where I’m at and how it felt.  Even more rewarding, however, was the company.

My favorite running partner.

Stars-Stripes-5K-Kelsea

My fans.

Stars-Stripes-5K-Ruby

And some friends we ran into in line for the porta potties.

Stars-Stripes-5K

*Wogging = A combination of walking and jogging. A perfectly descriptive term coined by the Running Peanut.

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24 thoughts on “A friendly 5K

  1. Way to go! That is a speedy race! I have a 5K in less than two weeks and when I was running the heat this morning I started thinking about how I didn’t want to feel like death at it. Sometimes it’s just not worth it!

    • Yeah, I’m of the opinion that some races are for racing and some for just having a good time. I know some people feel like they have to race every race. I have a hard time letting go of time goals, but I’m generally glad when I do.

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