We met at 8 to get in a few miles of easy running (we got two in) and do other really cool things like pass around a bottle of 5 hour energy. That stuff is the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted.
I ate a small bowl of cereal at around 7:40 and as I was leaving I spilled a diet coke that I had left on the counter from the day before all over the entire kitchen. Don’t you love it when that kind of stuff happens when you are already running kind of late? After cleaning up I meant to grab a granola bar or something because I knew I needed a little more energy but forgot so I resorted to a handful of skittles from my car… I really need to work on my nutrition.
The race started right on time (at 9) which is very important to me, I don’t like late race starts. I went out too fast like I always do (fly and die;) because once I start I tell myself I should be able to keep up with the lead group of men. I kept up with a few of them at least;) My first mile was 5:38… so basically the rest of the race hurt really bad.
I finished in 18:14. Not sure whether or not to call it a PR because my garmin, Josse’s garmin and some of the other racer’s garmins showed that the course was short (we are thinking it was about 3.0 miles… that last .1 is a lot for a 5k). The race director said that they measured the course three times and that it measured 3.1 BUT I am borderline crazy and overanalyze the fact that my garmin (and Josse’s) came up short. It may have been because it was really cloudy and the satellites were off?!? I need to just not race with the Garmin and go off of effort anyways.
The reason I am racing 5ks and 10ks this season is to help me get my 1/2 marathon and marathon goals this spring and summer. I did what I wanted to do for this race which was: get in a killer speed work session, have fun (after, not during), push myself (races make me push myself way more than track sessions do) and to do some work on my mental game which I desperately need.
Overall, the course was beautiful, it was flat, VERY well marked and the volunteers were awesome. I will do the Valentines Stoplight 5k every year!
Josse killed it too and came in right after me even though she is just getting over her foot injury. She is incredibly strong.
This is why I love her:
And her sister took 3rd! It was a good morning. Don’t let the snow make you think it was cold because it wasn’t, I almost tore my gloves and arm warmers off half-way through the race.
The 5 of us went on an easy 5 mile cool-down up the canyon to end the running day off perfectly. Okay, now that I look at these pictures and what my friends were wearing… Maybe it was cold?!
I am picky about my race shirts but I really like this one because it is so soft which makes it the perfect pajama shirt.
We had my family birthday party last night and you guessed it, I requested my mom’s fabulous lasagna.
And the amazing Alyssa brought over a SWEDISH FISH cake. It was delicious.
And then we also had an ice cream sundae bar. My family sure made this an awesome birthday for me.
Enjoy your Presidents Day and HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST DAD EVER!!! Love you Dadio!
What are your Presidents Day plans?
Do you take caffeine before a race?
Favorite meal before a race?
What do you think when a course is too long/short or am I putting too much trust in my garmin and do I just need to realize they can’t always be accurate?