Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I Did It! 5k Race Recap


I didn’t train.

I didn’t eat breakfast.

I didn’t hydrate the night before.

I didn’t stretch.

I didn’t know where to pick up my chip to get timed.

But 45 minutes after the gun went off…

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I’ve always been a slow runner, and at my best, 45 minutes was the fastest I could ever run 3 miles. So to be able to finish the 5k at my own record best…I was pretty excited!

And my SIL Katie did it under 30!!!! I can’t remember if she finished in 26 or 29 minutes, but either way I was SUPER PROUD of her!

So how was it? One of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life! I am the type of person that when I run and I see a hill, I start making excuses to stop. Pretty much every time! And this 5k course was full of hills! But I did. Around mile 1 I started regretting my absence of breakfast and water, but I realized I was too far away from my car to turn around, so I pressed forward. Has that ever happened to you? You realize you’re so far in the course that you can’t stop or turn around :)

After the race we went out for lunch at a local favorite:

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And ordered the BIGGEST salad on the menu:

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I ate most of the egg before I took the picture :) And I washed it down with a big glass of:

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Gluten Free Beer – The water of champions

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It was okay…but it’s no Redbridge.

I was pretty much on a high all afternoon. My endorphins lasted all the way to the book store. I decided to reward myself with a special treat that I’ve been wanting for a looong time!

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Ellie Krieger’s So Easy :)

I’m a firm believer in rewarding yourself, but making sure that the reward is healthy. I can’t wait to plan the menu for this week and use my new cookbook!

And how am I feeling a few days after the race? SORE! I can’t remember the last time I ran outdoors! I’ve been a treadmill girl for over a year, maybe even two! So my shins are pretty much trashed! I’m thinking I should have iced, but that’s just another lesson learned.

Thank you guys so much for your support and sweet emails, comments, and tweets! It made all the difference! :)


Unknown said...

Great job! 45 minutes is excellent!

Michele said...

No no, Green's is AMAZING. You haven't had the dark beer! Well, if you didn't like dark beer, you won't care, but as a stout/porter girl who tears up at the mention of Guiness, Green's is AWESOME.

I don't really dig the light one or the amber, but the dark... /sigh


Gabriela said...

Congrats on the race!! A post-run brew sounds like the perfect way to wind down :)

Jessica said...

Good for you! I'm a non-runner as well, so I'm super impressed! I briefly saw you on Saturday as we were at the Art Walk, too bad we didn't get a chance to say hi :)

sarah (SHU) said...

CONGRATS!!! i love the post-race reward -- looked delicious!

sarah (SHU) said...

CONGRATS!!! i love the post-race reward -- looked delicious!

Allergic to Sitting said...

Congrats on the 5K! Fun races like that can be so motivational. I totally sympathize with you about slow running. My husband can run at like a 7:30 pace and that can be kind of discouraging as he flies by me. But then I think to my self, "I'm getting a better workout because I'm going for longer." Maybe we're just meant for endurance, not power. Both are great talents! Congrats again!

funnyhaha said...

Oh, April. I am so excited for your accomplishment. What the hell were you thinking not hydrating or having breakfast?! Yikes. Love all that you do to inspire.

Jen said...

CONGRATS on the 5k!!!!!!!!! That's awesome :)

Farty Girl said...

Nice job on the run! You look so flushed and healthy and happy and full of life in that pic. Enjoy the cookbook. You earned it!