I got up bright and early this morning for the Yukan Run Fool’s Dual 5K. The race is called Fool’s Dual because they offer a 5K and a half-marathon that runners can complete back to back. I opted for just the 5K today. I’ll save the foolishness for another time 😉
Breakfast was slightly pathetic. I was not hungry at all, but managed to eat this sad piece of toast with peanut butter & banana and some coffee.
I did the race with two of my girlfriends. Another one of our friends was signed up to do it, but unfortunately was injured and couldn’t run 🙁 She was a super sport and still came with us as our official cheerleader, though.
We got checked in, got a bag of goodies & a race t-shirt and hung out before the start. Although we’re smiling, it was verrry cold.
The race wasn’t super organized because there weren’t that many people. We all lined up near the start to wait. We started very close to the starting line, which I really liked. I told my girlfriends that I would probably run with them, but that
kind of totally didn’t happen. Sorry, girls! I had SO much adrenaline at the beginning of the race that all I could think was GO GO GO! And so I did. Gotta love that adrenaline rush! Plus, I knew the faster I ran, the quicker I would get warm.
There were quite a few hills on the course, which was a road loop through a quiet neighborhood near the water. I started to feel pretty tired from the hills, but after a water station at mile 2-ish, where I grabbed some water from the cutest little girl ever, I got my mojo back and was determined to book it to the finish.
I never really sprint, but I sprinted until the end. When I saw the finish was near, I was all out. I don’t have a watch yet, so I really had no idea what my time would be. All I wanted was to finish in under 30 minutes. When I approached the finish and saw 27 minutes, I was overjoyed!
My final time was 27:08.
This is so awesome for me. When I run throughout the week, I’m typically running at a 10:30 to 11:30 pace. So this was way faster than I’ve been training! The pace above doesn’t actually add up, though? If any of you can figure out why, I’d love to know your thoughts.
Two minutes later, my girlfriends crossed the finish line together. We did it!
And of course, our wonderful cheer leader/coach/”running mom” (as I nicknamed her) was there cheering for us at the end. Next time you’ll be smoking us, girl!
The race went so much better than all of us thought it would. We all finished faster than we predicted and really pushed ourselves.
I wasn’t really sure how I’d like a 5K since the only other race I’ve done is a half. For the half, my mindset was to just finish. I’ve never been into timing myself or upping my pace, but I’m surprised by my results. I guess I can go faster! Now, I’d love to do more 5K’s in the future.
After we got back, my hubby made me & one of my friends this lovely breakfast.
It sure makes up for the sad toast from earlier. Thank you hubby! 🙂
Questions for You:
- Favorite race experience ever & why?
- What’s your favorite breakfast food?