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Fall Colors 5k

So I've been running longer distances this year but no actual 5k races until today so I thought I'd give you a little update.

Last night I slept terribly (jetlag and stress combined with dehydration). I got a super painful cramp in my left calf in the middle of the night and could feel the pain all the way up to my glutes. I woke up so stiff I felt sure I'd be hobbling along the course and didn't have high hopes for any amazing time.

All summer I've been hovering around the 10-11minute mile pace, even though I run longer runs (3-6miles these days) I haven't cracked the sub 30 minute 5k. The closest I got was last year's Fall Colors 5k (or maybe it was the Santa Hustle? I forget) where I came in at 30m07s.
Today I found an older guy who seemed to keeping a good steady pace and just followed him for the entire course. Morton Arboretum is a beautiful setting but very hilly compared to the rest of  Chicagoland but I felt surprisingly okay with all the hills (especially with my stiff crampy leg).
I got to mile 3 and still had energy to push it and sprint for that last leg.
Final time: 29m04s!!! What?! Crazy! I honestly don't know how I skimmed over a minute off my best time?

How are the rest of you all doing? I haven't seen any posts for ages.



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Oct. 6th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the way-sub 30!!!

I ran my first 1/2 marathon yesterday, more so I could check it off my bucket list, and I am eager to get back to casual long distances (6-8 miles) and start working on speed so I can too get sub-30 (my PR is from April - it was 31:32) and I have only run one 5K since then and it was 93 degrees and 99% humidity so no way I was going to PR that one! I have a few fun 5Ks coming up the remainder of the year (one in Disney, a Ugly Xmas sweater one the weekend of Thanksgiving, another Christmas one in mid-december, a New Year's Day) - but I am not expecting anything except to have fun. I am burnt out from 3+ months of training, so I want to get back to running purely for fun and see what happens.
Oct. 6th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well done you!

I remember you from way back when we all were more active here (2011/2012?). I did a fair bit of running in 2012 up to a Half Marathon in October and then basically stopped completely. Had various health issues in 2013, then a hip injury earlier this year ... BUT I've been back into regular running for a couple of months now. I remember that my first 5k in 2011 was like 32mins but I got as fast as 27something in early 2012.

Breaking the hour for 10k was a different story! 2 weeks ago I finally managed with 59:08 but then did it in 58:19 during a 16k on Sunday. Woot!

Here are my recent times. That first 5k was literally the longest run I'd done in over a year. Looks like regular training does make a difference after all - even over a short time period ;)

9 weeks ago it took me 0:31:58 to run 5k. Average pace per km: 6:23.
6 weeks ago I ran 12k in 1:13:06 . Average pace per km: 6:05.
3 weeks ago I ran 14k in 1:24:36 . Average pace per km: 6:02.
2 weeks ago I ran 10k in 0:59:08. Average pace per km: 5:54.
Today I ran 16k in 1:32:54. Average pace per km: 5:48.

I've got a ticket for a half marathon on 2 November - seemed unrealistic 2 months ago but now I'm starting to think it's do-able after all!

Edited at 2014-10-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
So far I've done 2 5K races - ended up walking most of both of them but my asthma has been kicking my butt. That's what I get for scheduling them during prime allergy seasons.
One was the Warrior Dash in May and one was a monster glow run. The monster glow dash I was all ready to run. But it wasn't too well lit, and in the first quarter mile I twisted my ankle twice and opted to walk the rest. I don't have times on either, but both are a big accomplishment for me. I still have a goal to run a 5k, and I will get there. I figure these are warm ups. :)
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