I don’t normally run a lot of 5ks, period. And I rarely run 5ks in the spring/ summer. Usually I’m too deep in training for a half, plus I’m not particularly fond of racing when it’s hot, but my first half of 2018 is still two months away.
Jogs for Jugs benefits local Breast Cancer survivors. Both my mom and my MIL are survivors. There is a half marathon and a 5k. This race used to be at a lovely location that was about an hour away, but this year it moved to the same town park my training group runs at — which just happens to be really close to where I live. Despite the forecast rain, I finally made up my mind to run it.
My thinking was this: I could meet up with the training group (at the same park!) and have to run several more miles afterwards, most likely in a cold rain, or I could just race and be done with it.
By the time I made up my mind to run the race, online registration had closed. There was Friday afternoon packet pickup, but there was also race day morning packet pickup. Guess which I chose?!
Packet pickup was easy. The tiny hiccup? Apparently they couldn’t read my writing and my results are under Julie Litt. Since I hadn’t registered early, no race tee for me (although I was able to pick one of the cotton tees up after the race).
Since I wasn’t with friends this time — and the weather wasn’t too bad, I actually did my warm up. I timed it wrong, though, and had to hang around a while before the race started, but that allowed me to chat with the friend of a friend and her friends.
So how’d that work for me?
- Mile 1: 10:55. Maybe I could have pushed myself just a little harder this mile, but I didn’t want to run out of gas like I had in my previous 5k.
- Mile 2: 10:35. This is a pretty flat mile. I could tell when we got to the turnaround that the course was going to be short — and it was. The rain also started about halfway through this mile, but since we were already warm from running, it didn’t bother me.
- Mile 3: 10:03. The race is an out and back. So I got to fly down the big old hill on the way back.
- Last .01: 8:54. A sprint to the finish! Which is also a slight uphill . . .
31:41 — Official Time
10:12 — Average Pace
5 our of 12 in my AG
36 out of 88 runners
This is probably the smallest 5k I have ever run. Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore keeps telling me that’s what I need to do to win an AG award. I keep saying it ain’t gonna happen. Well, it didn’t happen today. But never say never.
Nope, it still wasn’t a PR — would have been close, except the course was short — but I am much happier with this race than Cherry Blossom (read about that race here). Very nice negative splits! I’m sure those 10 x 400s on Wednesday from Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy (and the hill) helped.
I have another 5k in a couple of weeks, but it’s much larger, very crowded, and usually quite warm. For me it tends to be a slow race. Maybe in the Fall I’ll finally PR a 5k . . .
The weather & dressing
The weather was in the low 50s with a slight breeze. When I got there I was wearing my Skirt Sports 261 Fearless Capris, Wonder Wool Tee with the Wonder Wool Jacket over it, and a hoodie over that. I took off everything (except the tee, of course!) before starting my warm up. I put on the rain coat I’d brought, and knew I’d be too warm in it. I decided the tee would be good enough and it was.
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Was the race well run?
Well . . . kind of. It’s the first time it was held at this location. Parking isn’t super easy — they suggested you park at the pool, which is a pretty good walk from the start. I decided to get there early (around 7:45; the race started at 9), and was able to park at the boat launch, which is a short walk to the start. Between my warm up, using the real bathrooms!, and running into several people I knew and meeting some new people, I never felt as though I was just waiting around. That and I had to register, of course.
The race started almost 15 minutes late, though. I have no idea why. Luckily it was quite a cool day so it wasn’t a big deal. Although I’m sure the half marathoners, who ended up running in rain for much of their race, weren’t too happy at the slightly late start.
And, of course, there was the slightly short course. It came out to 3.01 on my Garmin, and my Garmin is usually quite accurate. On the other hand, it was the old school timing chips you put on your shoes — no start mat. So maybe I just started my watch late? I’d like to believe it was really 3.1 because although it wasn’t a PR, the official time was quite close to my 5k PR — but considering my watch had almost the exact same time but a shorter course — and I wasn’t the only one — yeah, I don’t think so.
Would I run this race again? Yes, of course, it’s a good cause.