I have run 5K races before but was never very fast and it was more just for the benefit that the race was supporting than anything else. D and I even did the Iron Girl 5K a few years back. This was before baby J was even a thought in our heads and before I had double knee surgery.
The Iron Girl race was this past April and I debated signing up for it. The thing that stopped me was the fact that this race has a huge hill that you must run up and down and then back up and down again – although I was told that they changed the course and you only have to go up and down it once now. Either way I just didn’t think my knees were ready for that just yet. So we decided to pass on that race this year.
On Saturday D and I are running our first 5K race this year. This is the first race since my knee surgery and since baby J has been born and since I have been running and losing weight. I am very excited about this race and I think I am ready for it. I have been running outside with baby J in the jogger – which is a lot harder than running solo. I have also been able to get in a few solo runs – thanks to my wonderful wife and great mom for watching baby J while I go run. This has been really great for helping me prepare for this race. Last sunday I ran my 5K loop solo and I did it in 33:47 – that is the fastest time I have ever had. That was also with a 4 minute walk break in there. I think I started off too fast and then needed to walk after the 2nd mile for a bit. My goal for the race this weekend is to be under 33 minutes. I am not sure I will hit that goal but we will see.
I have also purchased a Garmin 210 which I love. This has helped me with keeping my pace under control while I am running outside. I know if my pace is too fast I will not be able to run the entire time so I need to keep that in mind for this race. My mom will be watching baby J for us so we can run our best. It is a chip timed race and I cant wait to see how we do. D has been running on the treadmill and has been doing very well.
My training for the half is going good too. I have not run more than 3.13 miles yet. After this weekends race I am going to start increasing my miles. This will get me more prepared for the half marathon in November. Nervous about that race but its a while away and as long as I keep training I will be fine.
How many of you have run 5K races? How was your first one? What was your mindset like?