I've barely run at all in the past two weeks and thought this race would be a great way to
|I'm pretty sure I could never pull off the "bald look" or the serious face look for that matter...|
is it just me, or does my head look huge?!
I chose a route that was a little over a mile from my house because I knew it would take me that long to get warmed up... I probably should've chosen some place a little bit farther away. It. was. cold. I had Jonny in the stroller and I'm so glad I grabbed some gloves as I headed out because even with them on my fingers were freezing.
After my warm up, I had to wait at an intersection for the magical crosswalk voice to say "Crosswalk is on to cross Franklin Blvd, 30, 29, 28..." for the race to start and I (we... can't forget about Jonny) were off. Right away I knew it wasn't going to be very pretty, you (I don't know, maybe "you" can but I) can't take 2 weeks off and not have it hurt to try and run fast. I just told myself, the faster you run the faster this will be over. The nice thing about the course I chose is it is one that I run and race on frequently so it requires little thought... I just had to run. Since I had the stroller, I also had my phone and thought I'd see how well I could take some pictures while I was cruising along. For the most part I think it worked out pretty well:
Mile 1: 7:30ish *
when I looked at the time I was just past mile 1 with a time of 7:32
Mile 2: 14:15 (6:45ish)
The first mile hurt. The second mile hurt even more, but when I saw my split I was pretty excited and somewhat surprised that it didn't hurt more, considering I was negative splitting. However, I wasn't sure that I could hold on for the third mile and a bit. Then with less than a half mile left I came across a group of Oregon Track athletes and even though I wanted to
(I don't have a picture for Mile 3 it took all my concentration just to move my feet.)
Mile 3: 21:45 (7:30ish)
3.11 22:05 (last .11: :20ish)
average pace 7:06
Overall, it was probably a very beautiful, albeit foggy run that I would've enjoyed had I not been on the verge of puking my guts out. I was not in 5K shape but I am pleased with my time nonetheless, not a PR, but definitely not a PW. And in case you were wondering, no, Jonny didn't freeze any thorns off either... he stayed toasty warm and asleep the entire time:
Also, on my cool down home, I got to pass the Oregon Track guys again... so I passed them twice in one run... how cool am I?! (Yes, they were still walking and must have stopped off for donuts or something.)
*all splits are slightly estimated due to my lame Nike+ sensor that doesn't give actual splits (or have a way to track shoe mileage, but that's another post another day).