After a very long hiatus without doing races (my last being the Utica Boilermaker 15k in July), I ran two 5ks in one week.
Early morning, little sleep
I work at night, which keeps me from running more races (note tired look and bags under my eyes in the photo above), but it is worth the long days when it’s said and done. And both races were for a good cause, run and celebrated with friends and got me moving and pushed to get more serious about running on beautiful Florida winter mornings. Who can say no to that?!?
I hadn’t been running to serious in the autumn and early winter. I barely ever ran more than 3.5 miles, and even then it was very learsurly. I had not expectations but to raise money and have fun and not get hurt. Here is a look at each race:
MDA Muscle Walk and 5k run
I ran with my running buddy Kim’s work team, so it was nice to be a part of the team. This was an event that meant a lot to her work, as it was close to the heart of one of her coworkers and friends. This was the first year for the run, but it was still organized very well. It was a run through a park, which was nice, and there were about 500 runners, making it a great race to find a spot to run and stick to a pace without being slowed down by crowds.
I hadn’t pushed myself in running for a long time, so I didn’t know how well my legs or lungs would hold up. Kim and I were doing well the first two miles and then the last mile I was reminded the main reason I hadn’t pushed myself much during training: My arch started to hurt. A lot. And then my hip started to hurt, something I had never felt before. I think the hip was from overcompensating or a different running form once the arch started to hurt, but the arch had been such a minor problem during training I would just walk when it happened. It was pretty painful so I slowed down, as nothing is worth getting injured and not being able to run for a long time. I still ended up with a pretty good time since I had no expectations, but I knew I needed to focus on fixing my arch problem.
When I got home (after a hearty breakfast with Kim and her significant other) I googled stretches and lower leg and foot exercises to strengthen that area to prevent this in the future. I was really careful all week about stretching and, though my arch was kind of tight during the second race of the week, it was very manageable and I could tell the attention I gave it that week helped.
Overall this was a fun run through the park and I liked that it wasn’t super crowded and it was very well organized.
South Florida Komen Race for the Cure
This is my second Race for the Cure. It is such a fun thing to be a part of, because my work is a sponsor, it’s for a good cause, you see survivors walking and running and it’s a fun atmosphere.
I didn’t sleep well the night before, and it showed in my pre-race picture. But I got there early, got a good place at the starting line (since it’s such a huge race, the start line gets long and you could end up behind people who don’t run much, which causes bottlenecking and kept stretching a lot, especially focusing on my arch. It’s a great run along the intracoastal waterway filled with thousands of women in pink (the event is so large the men and women race separate).
I started running and after the first mile realized I was feeling great and it was the fastest mile I had run since high school. Things were off to a great start. There were some places along the course where I had to jog or walk because of congestion, but I felt pretty good. I was on pace for a good run at Mile 2 and my body was holding up. At the third mile I was still feeling pretty good overall, with just minor arch and hip pain and the time was great. In the end I got my best time to date for a 5k, 30:35. I really want a sub-30 5k someday soon, but at such a huge event as this and with the arch issue, it probably wasn’t meant to be and I was still really happy to finish then and feel great. Even if my face in this photo of my crossing the finish line tells a different story (though I still love the photo)!
After the race, the other runners from the newsroom and I walked around, soaking in the atmosphere, getting free swag and getting food and drinks, including Dunkin Donuts coffee, which I had been looking forward to. And Dunkin knew it, by the looks of this tweet:
Next running goal
After two 5ks in one week following a too-long break, I’m really feeling the energy to go for a longer run, and am looking for a good 10k in late March or April. I really want to do a longer run and if I plan something it really keeps me running and pushing myself, which I love.