My First 5K!

Race Pic  HappyFitMama.com

It’s taken me countless proclamations over many, many years but I finally did it.

Last Saturday I ran my first 5K!

Not a virtual race but an actual in real life 5k!

Do I love the distance?

Short answer? No but it might grow on me.

Getting prepped for the race, I had no idea what I was doing. With longer distances, I’m good. I know what to eat, when to eat it and how much I need to warm up prior to gun time. I kind of just went about my morning business. Ate oats for breakfast, drank a few glasses of water and then did a warm up run of 1.6 miles. It was the inaugural running of the race and the first race of the Dover Race Series. There were about 800 people running/walking. Not bad for a first year race!

From the moment I picked up my bib, I had an inkling that this race may not be like all 5ks. First, I had to walk through a cloud of smokers standing outside of the bib pick up area. Second, there were tons of people talking more about doing the pub crawl afterwards than actually about the race. I guess I should have expected this when the name of the race is Run Before You Crawl and it’s the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day!

Can I just have a rant here for a second? I’m all for everyone having a good time and running for fun but there is no need for you to line up at the front of a race with a stroller and/or a dog. Go to the back for everyone’s safety! Thank you. End rant.

The route of the race was nothing new to me. I’ve run it countless times. I knew that there was a hill within the first 1/2 mile followed by a huge hill that kicks my butt every single time around mile 2, followed by mostly downhill with a little incline near the finish. My plan was to not have a plan. I was just going to run by feel and have fun. I haven’t done a speed session in months and my mileage is still mega low. The closest I’ve come to running fast (for me) lately was my two most recent 5 by the 5th Virtual Races in February (24:23) and March (24:17).

No expectations.

I took off easily as we had a slight downhill first. I found a good pace just as we hit the first incline. I’ve never been a huge fan of hills but I could definitely tell that I haven’t been running outside as much. This hill had me huffing and puffing. My pace slowed a bit. I watched a girl that was ahead of me pull farther away. Even though I said this run was all for fun, my competitiveness came out just a little. We neared the top of the hill and I felt in control of my breathing and legs. She slowed, I sped up and passed her.

Mile 1: 7:24

The next mile was relatively flat in prep for the huge hill. I knew my pace would drop significantly once I got there. And. it. did. I felt like I was running in molasses. It’s the usual feeling I get from it. As I was running up, I kept repeating “It’s all downhill from here.” I was also thinking “I must do hill repeats on this bad boy from now on!”

Mile 2: 7:56

A weight was lifted at the top of the hill. Sweet downhill here I come! My breathing recovered quickly from sucking wind up the hill but my legs were feeling the lactic acid build up. I could feel my form getting a little sloppy at this point so I tried to concentrate on correcting it rather than looking at how much farther I had to run before turning towards the home stretch.

Mile 3: 7:44

The last 0.1 was a blur except I remember hearing a man say “You’re in the top 10 women!” I crossed the finish line and proceeded to not stop my Garmin. Gah! I always do that. I figured my time to be around 24:00 or so.

Mile 3.1: 23:53

A PR! Wait – is it still a PR if you’ve never officially run the distance before? Oh well, I’m counting it. πŸ™‚

And the icing on the cake?

I won 3rd place women 30-39 and was in the Top 10 Women overall!

Who knew?

I caught up with my friend, Mariette, afterwards. Speedy girl won first place 30-39 women! Way to go girl!

Run Before You Crawl 5k | HappyFitMama.cm

I felt quite well afterwards once I caught my breath. I don’t think it was entirely enjoyable nor pure torture. I’m intrigued now. With as little training as I’ve done recently, I was still able to run well. Imagine what I can do with more training? Hmmmm…I’ll have plenty of opportunities over the next 7 months to learn to enjoy the 5k distance. I signed up for the Dover Race Series and it’s almost all 5ks.

This could be interesting. Here goes nothing!

Do you like 5k races?

What’s your favorite race distance?

71 comments on “My First 5K!

  1. I use to love 5k’s. When I was starting out. Now I prefer the 10km distance. I still love the half and I do plan on getting a half race in this year. But I do like the 10km esp over trails.
    Oh yes I love my trails.
    I would love to get a sub 22min 5km. My best 5km time is 22:43. Hopefully sometime this year.
    Matilda recently posted..Bellfield FirelineMy Profile

  2. Now, that really wasn’t a rant. It was more like a PSA. I like 5K’s. I find I can make them into whatever I want – a run with friends, a chance to PR, a day out with the kids, etc. My linear mind took my running career in progression – 5K, 10K, next a 10 miler than next will be a 13.1…If I survive the 10 miler.
    Tara Newman recently posted..6 Bonafide Tips for Getting Promoted in LifeMy Profile

  3. Great job! I actually love doing 5K’s because I feel like I can push myself the entire way with speed (don’t have to save it up for the end at longer races)

    i totally agree on the dog and stroller rant though!
    emma @ be mom strong recently posted..NYC Half RecapMy Profile

  4. YAY!!!! Good for you! That is awesome.
    5Ks are probably the hardest races to run because (if you’re healthy and competing) it’s an all out sprint from start to finish. I’m not really fond of 5Ks but they are over rather quickly! My fav distance is probably the half-marathon.
    GREAT job. You definitely need to do more of these. They’re great speed work AND I’m sure you could win your age group next time!
    And, yes, it’s a PR for sure πŸ™‚
    Allie recently posted..Two Out of Three ‘Aint Bad – NYC Half Race Recap!My Profile

  5. My favorite distance is the marathon! 5ks are fun but much too short. I LOVE to run and keep running! Nothing quite compares to the 26.2. But as an engaged woman now I’ve had to slow my roll and allow time for other things besides training. πŸ˜‰ congrats on placing! You rock!
    RunpinkJess recently posted..Oskar Blues 4 Miler Recap! Plus a Reveal!My Profile

  6. YAY! Congratulations Angela! What an achievement for a first 5k! You have set your bar high now, but I am sure you will continue to exceed it! That is so wonderful, especially after all you have been through! See it does all pay off, and it will continue to as you get stronger and your training builds! So happy for you πŸ™‚

    5k is one of my favorite distances, although my 8 seconds off breaking the famous 16:00 barrier really irritates me (sorry if I sound like a brat, but I have had so many near misses over the last 5 years that it is a sore spot). I hope someday i can say marathon is my favorite distance πŸ™‚

    5k is one you get the opportunity to run a lot, I cant wait to see what you can do πŸ™‚
    Tina Muir recently posted..Meatless Monday: Vegetable and Avocado EnchiladasMy Profile

  7. Oh wow – awesome job lady!! I’m super jealous of the green by the way. I didn’t have a stitch of green to wear at my 10K this past weekend. Even if it wasn’t technically a St. Paddy’s race … And I absolutely agree, walkers, strollers head to the back of the line!

  8. There was a time (when I raced every weekend) that the 5K was my go-to because I could do it often and not worry about having to recover for days!!! It’s been awhile though.
    Great job on that PR!!! (of course it’s a PR) And, top 10 women plus 3rd in AG? Awesome!!! Did you join in on the pub crawl?!
    Kim recently posted..Learning to Let GoMy Profile

    1. Whoa – racing every weekend? Busy girl! I didn’t do the pub crawl. I had to run (literally) home as soon as I crossed the finish line to shower and then meet my family at a kiddo birthday party. It would have been fun to do!

  9. I’ve been at race where the strollers and kids are the first ones to line–for sure a reason to be upset. I don’t think they realize how dangerous that can be. Boo to smokers and pub crawlers! ha! You did amazing! Super speedy! Congratulations!

  10. Great job! Congrats on the hardware. I’m glad you finally got a 5k in. My very first race was a 5k, then a 10k, etc. I’ve done a ton over the years but these days, most are with my kids. That said, I wouldn’t mind getting back to racing a few sometime soon The beauty is that they are not such an ordeal as the longer ones, no?

    Blech to the smokers, strollers and dogs at the front!
    misszippy1 recently posted..All the greenMy Profile

    1. Thanks Amanda! It was mind blowing to me that I was done with running in under 25 minutes. That’s usually how long it takes for me to warm up in a regular race!

  11. OMG !!!!! You won 3rd place!!!!!! YAHOO! That saying just came to mind: First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest? Yeah, that’s complete and utter BS because # 3 is my LUCKY NUMBER!!!!! πŸ™‚ I am thrilled for you! Heres to many more races!
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted..Asparagus: Aroused By SpringMy Profile

  12. I’d say you nailed it! Congrats on your super speedy finish! My fave race distance is probably the half, but fulls are really growing on me. I am taking some time off from distance soon and am going to work on speed for 5 & 10ks. 5ks intimidate me because I’m so used to long distance pacing, I’m afraid to go fast. I need that to change.
    Jolene recently posted..Weekly Chase 3.0My Profile

  13. Awesome work – a PR and place in your first one is brilliant! May that trend continue!
    I’m surprised it is your first – most people tend to start their running career with a 5k, but you must have started by jumping in the deep end!
    Sherry recently posted..Sometimes you can’t do it allMy Profile

  14. Congrats on a PR (it most certainly is a PR!)! I used to LOVE 5ks, now they are kind of a love hate thing for me. I don’t know how I used to race them as much as I did. I have really grown to love the longer stuff. Marathon is my favorite but I think Half marathon & 5 mile tie for 2nd!
    Laura Anderson (@losingrace) recently posted..Johnny’s 5-Mile RaceMy Profile

  15. Congrats! That’s awesome! I think a 5K would be a perfect-length race, since when I run, it’s usually about 3-5 miles. I have yet to do any race, but maybe some day, just for the fun of it!

  16. Yay for you! Like so many others, I much prefer the 13.1 distance. I don’t do many 5K’s these days, I’m not super fast and get SO frustrated with the hurry-up-and-be finished aspect. Also, it takes me at least two solid miles to get warmed up, so I waste most of the race not really “racing.” LOL Give me a good endurance run and I’m so much happier πŸ˜‰

  17. So interesting that you are a runner and you’ve never run a 5k! Now I have all sorts of questions for you….Glad you had fun – and your time is AWESOME. Really. So great – good for you! I love 5ks though they feel very fast to me now, esp. after training for longer distances. Um, and yes, I understand your rant about baby joggers and dogs at the start…end of my rant πŸ™‚
    AmyMak recently posted..Took a minivan to ChinatownMy Profile

  18. Great job on your first 5K!

    And don’t get me started on dogs near the front. I can deal with strollers ’cause I can *see* them. I can’t tell you how many leashes and small dogs I’ve nearly tripped over in shorter races…
    MCM Mama recently posted..Slow is better than not at allMy Profile

Comments are closed.