Local Races

After completing the Shamrock Marathon, I decided to cut back on running a bit to give my body some time to heal.  I took off about a week or so and then started again with short distances.  I have been trying to get back to my old routine of 3 days a week, but keeping the mileage between 3 and 4 miles.  I don’t have any big races in mind so I plan to keep my mileage low through the summer.  I have completed 2 local 5k’s since the marathon and actually did better than I expected on both of them.  I was supposed to run a 3rd (a margarita 5k), but it conflicted with Makayla’s prom so (obviously) prom won!

On another note, I made it through my entire marathon training and completed the actual marathon without injuries.  Strangely enough, now that I’ve decreased my mileage, I’m battling hip pain again.  Go figure.  Luckily, it hasn’t been bad enough yet to halt my running entirely, but it is something I’m keeping an eye on. 

Below is a quick recap of the 5k’s that I completed:

Run for Hospice 5k – 4/14/18

The hospice race will always be one of the most important races that I complete.  Not only was this the very first race I ever ran (in 2011), but we also run this particular race in honor of our neighbor, Bubbies (Kevin) Lent.  Sam had shirts made the year after his death and we always wear our shirts and run in memory of him.  A lot of family and friends participate in this local race so it’s always a good time.  My company pays my registration fees for this race as part of their wellness program.  And the cherry on top was that we had fantastic weather this year!

I started the race too fast and it caught up with me over the last 2 miles.  I ended up having to walk a few times.  Here are my splits according to Garmin:

Mile 1 – 8:45

Mile 2 – 9:39

Mile 3 – 10:05

Mile 3.13 – 8:13

Total 29:33 / 9:26 pace

We had another great year and Gabby won another medal (3rd place in her age group) this year!

Leatherneck 5k – 4/18/18

This is another local race that I always enjoy.  The last time I ran this race was 2 years ago and it was pouring!  Last year, I decided not to register in advance.  I woke up on race day and it was pouring again so I decided not to run it.  This year, I waited until race day to register just to make sure the weather was going to cooperate.  Thankfully, it was a beautiful day!  Makayla decided to run it with me.  Gabby had swim practice and Steven wanted to run a longer distance later in the day.  Makayla and I met up with some other friends and family on race morning.  First, we watched Lilee and another race friends son, Gavin participate in the kids 1 mile run.  They did great!  Then it was time for the 5k.  I started out running the first half mile or so with Makayla.  She wanted to alternate running and walking so I ran the next mile with Ashlee and Sam.  At the turnaround point, I decided to walk through the water stop.  Sam had taken a quick break too so at this point we were all separated.  I ran the last half of it by myself and actually surprised myself!  Here are my splits according to Garmin:

Mile 1 – 9:25

Mile 2 – 9:40

Mile 3 – 9:16

Mile 3.1 – 6:55

Total 29:02 / 9:23 pace 

After all the runners finished, we stuck around the raffle, which Lilee SCORED big time!  Makayla, my mom, and Sam also won some great prizes.  Thanks mom for giving me the massage gift card!  I love that this race is local and benefits wounded veterans! 

I don’t have any more races planned right now, but I want to continue running 3-4 miles a few times a week.  I’ll start making my fall race plan within the next couple of months and will probably pick up the training mileage then.

 

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