It’s a week after my first marathon and I ended up racing. But not really though. I thought I’d be missing this year’s Get to the Green 10k race because I was recovering from the marathon. But it just so happened that I ended up running it.
A friend, Creighton had registered twice by accident. She was told the first one didn’t process so she registered again. The next day she got notification that it did in fact process and that’s how she ended up with two registrations. So she was in need of someone to take up the second bib. It wasn’t until Thursday that I decided to take it.
When I woke up that morning, it was raining. I was having second thoughts but while some friends bailed, others were still running so I decided to go ahead and get out there. It stopped raining by the time we arrived to park. RUI, in true fashion, took the pre-race shot.
After our traditional pre-race shot, I left RUI and ran on over to meet up with RWB at the race start for their pre-race photo.
My coach had me scheduled for an easy 3 miles that day, my first run after the marathon so I was on the fence of whether or not I’d run the full 10k. It was at the race start that I finally decided I wouldn’t run the whole thing. They had a 5k option but since they didn’t start until a half hour later, I decided to start with the 10k runners and run to the 2 mile mark. Just like last year, our friends set up a tent where they were going to hand out shots and beer. They were set up at mile 2 where both the 10k and the 5k runners would pass. It was the perfect “rest stop” for me.
The first mile was a little slow and steady. The legs felt like lead but I was warned that it would take a little time for my body to fully recover. My breathing was a bit off but the excitement of the race kept me going. And pacing Creighton helped too. The second mile was about 30 seconds faster though. I wanted to try to stay around a 10:30 pace but we settled in close to a 10 minute pace for most of the race.
When we arrived at the tent, we found out that our “beer stop” was shut down thanks to the cop working that intersection. Talk about a party pooper. Seriously.
Runners were disappointed too! Several that ran by were asking and looking for the beer and sadly they were denied.
The 10k runners loop around so they actually run past the tent twice. So I ended up at the tent, hanging out until the 10k runners looped around, then jumped back in to finish up the race. It gave me a total of 3.59 miles.
It started raining again while I was at the tent, so the last part of my run was in the rain. It was just a light rain so it wasn’t too bad. At least it wasn’t a downpour! By the end of the run, my legs felt good. I felt like I probably could have run more but I’m gad I didn’t. I didn’t want to push it with so many races coming up this Spring. My coach and others have told me that my body needs more rest that I think it does so it’s wise to listen. 🙂
For those wondering, this year ALL runners received the same medal regardless if you ran the 5k or 10k. Technically I ran a little over a 5k wearing a 10k bib. Had the medals been different between the two distances, I would have switched to the 5k instead. But it merely was a way for me to get in my 3 mile run and not let Creighton’s extra bib go to waste. Just like last year, they provided bottle opener medals!
This would have been the perfect first 5k race for PJ since he wants a bottle opener medal! He mentioned wanting to run a 5k and since the medal was motivation, it would have been perfect for him. However, sadly he developed shin splits about 4 weeks out from the race, causing him to not have the opportunity to train for running outdoors. (He’s a treadmill runner.) I don’t think he’ll attempt a 5k any other time this year unless I can find another local 5k race that provides a bottle opener medal. Doubtful.
Some of us headed to the car for dry clothes and on the way, I couldn’t pass up the green fountain photo!
While heading to the cars, we decided to skip the 5 Points festivities and head over to Cafe Strudel for brunch. It’s one of my favorite brunch spots! They’re home to the Famous Hangover Hashbrowns.
And I had my first mimosa in months!
Since I was training for my marathon, I haven’t drank any alcohol in the past 3-4 months. The mimosas gave me headache so I headed home after brunch and relaxed for the rest of the day. All in all, it was a good fun run with friends, food and drinks!
Did you race for St. Patty’s day?
Did you race this past weekend? Share your race recap or medal picture so I can see!
See you on the road!