5 By the 5th Virtual Race Recap – May

After a weekend race, I didn’t think I’d feel up to doing a speed workout never mind Laura’s 5 by the 5th Virtual Race for May. But by Thursday I felt like maybe I could give it a try. If I wasn’t feeling it after the first mile, I’d just run easy.

Since I’m using this race series to improve my time in the 5k and I started doing it on the treadmill, I’m sticking with it. I’d much rather be running outside all the time now that it’s super light out in the morning and getting warmer but I like to be consistent.

Here’s the previous months recaps: January, February, March, April

I started off with an easy 1 mile warm up, cleared the treadmill timer and started it back up at a 7:53 pace with a 1% incline. Not sure how long I stayed there. I think I just kept hitting the speed up button till I felt like I was going fast enough and that I could maintain it.

Surprisingly, I felt pretty good with this run. Actually, if my foot would have felt better, I think I could have run faster.

I finished with a time of 23:54. An improvement of 16 seconds from last month.

5 by the 5th virtual race May - happyfitmama.com

Next month is the last race in this series. I’m not sure how well I’ll be feeling at that time considering the marathon is the week before. Maybe 23:54 will be my PR for the race series.

Race Pics

Race pictures are notoriously bad. Or maybe it’s just my pics always look horrible. However, I am so impressed with the pictures from the Wallis Sands Half Marathon. Last year, I had great pictures (see the pic of me in the purple shirt above in the header – that’s one of ’em). This year was just the same. What makes the pictures even better? They are FREE! No ridiculously, outlandish amount to pay for proof that you do run in races! I love that and I think all races need to start doing it. Here’s just a couple that I liked.

Wallis Sands Half Marathon 1 - happyfitmama.com

Wallis Sands Half Marathon 2 -happyfitmama.com

Have you ever bought a race photo?

  1. Those are FABULOUS race pics. And it’s awesome that they’re free! I did buy a race pic from my first marathon. My husband and I are holding up our race medals and grinning like idiots. We ran the ING Marathon in Atlanta at the end of March, and it was 87 degrees when we crossed the finish line. UGH! I am super sweaty & gross in the pic but I still love it! I can’t wait for you to run a road 5K after you recover from your marathon. You are going to tear it up!!
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  2. Way to go! Both with the PR last week and the 5 by the 5th! That’s dedication to be doing speedy 5ks on a treadmill. I really wish more race photos were free and/or rights free, I’d even be happy to give credit to a photographer! I read the fine print after buying my CIM photos and realized that even though I bought them I wasn’t given permission to publish them on my blog. I put one or two up anyway, because really? For those prices?
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  3. Way to go speedy girl!!! Those are some awesome pictures…and yes even better that they are free! I have been taking some horrible race pictures lately which is making the decision not to buy them easier. They are expensive though and they never let me post them even with the giant watermark on it.
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  4. Your race pictures are great! I’ve only bought them once (maybe?) usually I have my own from spectators or scouring Facebook/social media sites for other peoples photos I might end up in (you’d be surprised how well this works). I usually don’t like many of the pro ones from races, they always seem to catch me with a mouth full of shot blocks, or looking like I want to jump in front of a bus or something!
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  5. Awesome job on your 5K!! Yay for getting faster and that’s pretty speedy. Those pictures are fantastic and free??!? I’ve paid an arm and a leg for race photos. I’ve only purchased race photos twice – from my one and only triathlon and from Bay to Breakers the one year I ran with my brother and sister.
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  6. Wow. Free photos! And much better than most £12 a pop ones. I have bought photos several times but only because they have been good. Wanted pics from my first marathon but in every one I had some guy in a white turtleneck and a goofy grin photobombing 🙂
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  7. I have bought race photos. Just once. The Las Vegas RocknRoll Half. Couldn’t help it because they were way too good not to. Then I added them to my facebook and folks agreed that they may have been worth the ridiculous price!
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