Let's start by saying I don't think I will be doing this again. Two weeks of 50 hours work weeks, two races within 8 days of each other, traveling halfway across the country, and a best friends wedding.
But its over and done with and I finally feel like I can relax.
My first 5k race was a bit of a blur. The Friday night before the race I was delayed in Detroit and didn't even know if I would get home to race at all. I finally arrived home at midnight and made it to bed only to wake up at 7am for the race.
The morning was super cold but sunny and throughout the race I was just hoping my legs didn't give out on me. Somehow I managed to run a 5k PR and earned 5th woman and 1st in my age group. The course is flat and fast and I love racing this race even if I was very tired.
My running buddy even came out to the race to cheer me on (and even held my sweat pants for me too). She is the best supported anyone could ask for.
First 5k finish time: 19:43
I felt really good during the race but I was tired. Tired from flying, tired from working a lot, and tired from running a lot.
The next week, I continued to run a lot and work a lot and not get much rest. I had a tough interval workout on Tuesday and then followed that with a mini tempo workout on Thursday morning. I really don't know why I pushed so much during the week when I knew I had another 5k race coming up the following weekend.
I think I push myself to run more when I am stressed. I know it may seem weird but running more while I am stressed I think actually helps me to deal with the stress.
My best running friend was getting married on Friday but I still made time to get up and run. I knew it would be a long day but I needed to clear my head and a good day (for me) usually starts with a run. During my run I saw two shooting stars which I thought was a very good sign since I haven't seen any shooting stars during my dark morning runs. I usually see a great deal of shooting stars during my August morning runs because that is when they are most common but not this year. Seems October is the month of shooting stars.
The wedding went without a hitch and I was so honored to be a part of my running buddy's day. We looked quite different in dresses than in running clothes. Here we are with our running coach...
Saturday I made sure to sleep in late, drink plenty of water, and rest on the couch to hopefully be ready for the 5k the following morning.
Sunday dawned a little chilly but sunny again and I actually wore shorts since it was supposed to be over 50F by the start.
This second race was held at my college and is basically a race for students and alumni. I try to run this race every year since I get to see my college track coach as he is the race director. I wasn't sure how the race was going to go this year but hoped that I could pull out a time under 20 minutes, just like the week previous.
I started right at the front of the race and when it was time to go all the men flew past me. I knew most of them wouldn't be able to hold on for the whole race. The wind was brutal for most of the first mile and then again at the end of the race. I was regretting that interval workout from the previous Tuesday during the second mile but hung on to come in just under 20 minutes.
Second 5k finish time: 19:53
It is a pretty small race and I ended up being first female which was an added bonus. After the race I chatted with my college track coach. He asked how my marathon in the spring had gone and I told him I didn't think I would run another marathon again. In response he said that he had only run one marathon as well and it just wasn't the thing for him. He then said that he thought that 5ks were my best race distance. I am not so sure he is right about that but I do love 5ks. They are just so fast and fun!
Only one more 5k to go in two weeks. That will most likely be my last race of 2012 so I hope it is a good one!