I started my weekend off right this time with a 5k! There’s this really great race series in Crystal City, VA called Crystal Run 5k Fridays. It happens to be RIGHT outside my apartment, and there is a 5k every Friday night for the entire month of April that you can run for $20. It’s chip timing so you can an official time and be done with your race by 7pm, plus there’s an after party which includes a free drink.
Unfortunately the weather was TERRIBLE last night. It had been raining all day and was pretty chilly, so I was going back and forth about whether or not I even wanted to run the race. Fortunately I had a few friends signed up to run with me so that helped keep me motivated to run, plus I hate wasting money and had already paid the $20. I was actually pretty excited to run a 5k because the last time I ran one (before last night) was in July 2010, so almost a year! It’s a fun distance because 3.1 miles really is more like a regular workout for me, and doesn’t leave you needing time for recovery like a half marathon or longer race can.
I only got a few pictures because it was raining so bad, but here’s my coworker/friend Jackie, her husband Ryan, and me seeking shelter from the rain under a tent before the race started.
I was actually quite surprised at the turnout despite the gross weather and the fact that it was a Friday night. I think there was close to 750 runners, which is small but all things considered I was still impressed.
We stayed under the tent for pretty much as long as possible, but then it was time to go. I didn’t get a picture with my friend Jillian, but we ended up running together almost the whole time which was really nice. It was her first race since high school so it was fun to be a part of it with her!
Once the race started, it was SO crowded at the beginning and it was close to impossible to go that fast without weaving through the crowds and tripping over people. I had no idea how fast I was going at all, and had accidentally set my Garmin to bike instead of run (great job, Beth) so it was telling me my miles per hour instead of my pace. Once the race started it was too late to fix it because I really wanted to try to run as quickly as I could, so I just dealt with it and hoped for the best.
I was kind of shocked to hear the beep of the first mile because it felt like we had just started and went by so fast! The second mile was pretty uneventful, and then during the third mile it really started to rain so I tried to pick up the pace so I could finish the race and get inside! 3.1 miles feels like a breeze when you’ve just done two back to back 10 mile and 13.1 mile races! Here was the final breakdown according to my Garmin:
- Mile 1: 8:42
- Mile 2: 8:24
- Mile 3: 8:45
- Last .26: 2:00 (7:47!!!!)
- Total: 3.26 miles – 27:51
My official race time was 27:48 which is an 8:57 pace and another PR!!
I don’t think I’ve ever averaged under a 9 minute pace before for any distance, race or not, and was shocked to see those mile paces as I was running. I was SO excited because that also meant it was my third PR in less than two weeks!!!
One thing that’s semi frustrating is that I ran an extra .16 miles. While that is not THAT much, when we’re talking about 3.1 miles it kind of is. I was frustrated to have run an extra .20 at my half marathon – which is 13.1 miles, so to have run almost that same amount extra in a course 10 miles shorter was disappointing. Luckily I’m running the same race again next Friday so I’m going to try to work the course better and hopefully run closer to 3.1 miles.
Besides that very minor disappointment, I finished the race feeling like a million bucks. I even walked back past the runners to find my friend Jackie and ran the last little stretch next to her, crossing the finish line for a second time.
Afterwards, we headed to this little Mexican joint to quickly undo all the hard work with Mexican food and margaritas.
It was so fun to eat, drink, and chat after running a 5k because it was totally (mostly) guilt free. Side note: This place is SO cheap and has happy hour until 8pm, 6 days a week! For the four of us with one drink each and three appetizers to split, our bill was only $23! Insane, right?
Yay for PRs!!
Have you ever run or worked out in the rain before? Do you like it or not so much?