Every so often, you have to do something that scares you. For me, it was signing up for, and running a 5K. The funny thing is, back before my injury, I thought of a 5K as a really "easy" run - I didn't have to spend months training for it like I did half marathons. Even when I did races, it wasn't that difficult. I know, I know - I wasn't actually pushing myself enough. Still, setting a new PR has been on my list of goals for more than 2 years now.
Naturally, that wasn't going to happen this time. Note: I submitted my review of this race over on BibRave, with my ratings of all the logistics, bling, and all that important stuff. This post will be about my experiences running it.
I registered for this race a few weeks ago. I really wanted to participate, even though I knew I wouldn't be anywhere near 100%. Since the cost was still pretty low, I figured I'd just treat it like a fun run and soak up the race experience. With that mindset, I didn't hesitate to enjoy myself the night before. My friends and I stayed out really late, and I didn't go to sleep till 4:45 AM.
When my alarm went off at 5:30, I was miserable. Still, I paid for the race, and I even took off work specifically to run it. I got up, had a Kind bar that was in the race packet, and hit the road for EverBank Field to park. First things first - it was cold. When I last ran, it was still hot out - tank tops, shorts, tons of water needed. For this race, I had on my compression socks, leggings, sweatpants, two long sleeve shirts, and my BibRave shirt. I'm so not used to running in the cold, and since it was around 38, I was miserable. The race got off and I decided to just wing it.
The cool part of not actually racing is that I was able to take it easy and soak up the views. Since it was so early in the morning, the sun was rising over the St. Johns River, and I was able to take some shots.
I'll be honest with you - this was tough. But it wasn't tough because of how out of shape I am - it was tough because of how dehydrated and exhausted I was. I crossed the finish line in 32:10, which isn't even my slowest 5K of all time. The focus for me was never on time, and I felt fine letting myself take walk breaks during the race. Afterwards, my IT band felt great, which is all I could ask for. Hopefully it stays that way, so I can focus on actually racing the next race I sign up for.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!