5ks are such a fun distance! 3.1 miles is still no joke, but you can run pretty fast the whole time without dying at the end (for the most part). Last night I did the same 5k I did last Friday – The Crystal Run 5k Friday. It’s right outside my apartment building and is just $20, so it’s hard to resist, even though my sister says I’m an “addict.” There are worse things to be addicted to, I think.
Last night was a 180 weather-wise from last week – absolutely gorgeous! It was clear and sunny, but still cool enough that I didn’t overheat. My friend/coworker Emily joined me for this race, the one who brought you the microwave risotto.
I feel like I look so short in that photo for some reason, but I’m not – promise.
This week, I’m guessing largely because of the perfect weather, there were sooooo many more people than last week. Probably twice the number at least.
The line to pick up your bib (even if you had paid beforehand) was SO long, but Pacers does a great job with race organization and had it moving super fast so we made it up to the counter in no time. The start area was also not surprisingly super crowded, but we managed to get in a pretty good spot.
One of the great thing about this race series is you really only have to show up a few minutes before it starts and then before you know it…
It’s race time!
I started off feeling a little frustrated with the crowds because it was so hard to go too fast, so I just relaxed a bit and did the best I could. Funny how that works – I kept looking down at my Garmin SHOCKED at how quick my pace was. I honestly don’t know what came over me, but I ran this race faster than I’ve ever run before.
The first mile was super crowded but I still felt like I was going really fast for me, so when my Garmin beeped saying I had done it in 8:18 I was happily surprised slash in disbelief. I don’t think I’ve EVER run a mile that fast before!
After the first mile, the wind really picked up and it felt like it was blowing hard against me. I tried to put my head down and just keep plowing through, focusing on one mile at a time. The Mile 2 marker came pretty quickly, and then I was onto the third and last full mile, rounding back towards the finish before I knew it. I was definitely feeling it a bit towards the end and knew I had finished really really fast, so was getting ready to be done!
Here are the stats according to my Garmin:
- Mile 1: 8:18
- Mile 2: 8:49
- Mile 3: 8:37
- Last .13: 1:08
- Total: 26:52
Official race time: 26:49!!!!
I honestly am blown away by how fast I finished this race. I know for some that’s not so fast, but for ME – that is like the wind. Last week, I couldn’t believe I ran a sub 28 minute 5k, and this week, sub 27?? I can’t even believe it! One second short of a minute faster than last week. I credit this to foam rolling and intervals!!
Love Emily’s face in our post-race photo.
That little speed demon finished in 22:42!!!
After we finished, we hung around the finish line cheering for other runners, and I almost keeled over when I saw this little guy approaching the finish.
He was probably 3 years old, and the cutest little kid ever. He was running SO fast at the end and I’m sure I scared him with how loud I was screaming for him, but I didn’t care! I don’t know if he ran the whole way or just the end with his mama, but either way, what a little guy.
What a fun race!!
What’s your favorite race distance? I used to think it was a 10k because I’m not really built for speed, but the 5ks are really growing on me! For a challenge I really love 10 mile races – half marathons are pushing it a little for me!