On a whim, I signed up to run a 5k last week. A 5k called the Hill Yeah 5k. I usually stay away from races that have the word “hill” in the title, but I know I can’t avoid hills forever, so I decided to take on the challenge.
My friend and I are training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Country Music 1/2 marathon in April and I thought a 5k would be an great way to see if my training was paying off.
This was the first time that Davey wasn’t racing with me and I have to admit, it was really fun having a fan! He took pictures and ran almost 2 miles himself trying to find places to cheer me on as I ran by. He also let me wear his Garmin… I felt so fancy. Best fan ever.
He was also the only fan. This was a really small race and other than at the finish line, there weren’t any spectators along the route.
I heard that it snowed during this race last year, and I was so glad there wasn’t a snowflake to be found this year.
The race started with a nice downhill and I focused on keeping a steady pace. My goal was to finish in 30 minutes which meant I really had to push it on the hills.
Time flew by and before I knew it, I was climbing the last hill on my way to the finish line. My finish time was 30:53 and I was thrilled with that… especially since it meant I maintained 9:56 minute mile.
Guys, I RAN SUB 10 MINUTE MILES! That hasn’t happened in a really long time. I felt really good and was glad that I pushed myself during the race as well as this past month in training because it paid off!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember this picture that I posted:
Even though my eyes are closed in this picture, it’s my new fav because it makes me feel like a strong and confident runner especially since I don’t usually feel like a strong or confident runner.
And because most of my pictures usually look like this:
This was such a great race and I left with a boost of adrenaline and endorphins that I hope will still be there on those 28° days when I need a little extra motivation to get my butt out the door to go on a run.
Have you run any winter races? Are you training for any spring races?