I’ve done some pretty awesome running things this past week. My celebration is coffee. (Let’s be real though, my coffee is my everything)
On Thursday I went out for a 3 mile run. When my watch showed me my first mile time I was like “oh, holy shit, I have to go for this.” And bam: first ever 5k in less than 30 minutes. Watch out for this speed demon over here.
And this morning was my race! It was cold. So cold. When I left my apartment it was 36 degrees. By the time I got there and the sun had risen the temperature had increased significantly but when that chill gets in my bones it’s hard to get it out. My foot had gone almost numb by the time we started the race and I didn’t regain feeling until somewhere between miles 1 and 2.
I always forget in races how slow the first mile will always go when a ton of runners are corralled into small paths.. It was over an 11 min mile. Imagine my time had it been normal! Every other mile was ~10 min or less.
After that first mile when things started moving more smoothly everything started to feel better. It was by the lake (as usual) and in areas I normally run. The leaves are all changed and falling and it ended up being an absolutely beautiful morning.
By the last couple miles my right hip started up. I haven’t really mentioned it here but my hip has been tending to bother me in 5+ mile runs. It had been bothering me yesterday but if I pay money for something, I do it. And I was really looking forward to this 10k. Overall the last 2 miles weren’t pleasant but once I stopped running my hip chilled out. Feeling better now and I’m going to let it rest this week.
It was a relatively small race but I got some sweet swag, most notable of which was a free yoga mat. My only other hope is the pictures turn out awesome. Considering how beautiful the scenery was I’m excited to maybe see some cool action shots.
Afterwards I got some errands done and now I have no plans for my Sunday, as it should be.