In another interesting display of what happens when I stop focusing on running and start focusing on strength training, I managed to finally beat my 5K personal record at the Ravenswood Run 5K last Sunday.
Of course, I also hadn’t raced a stand-alone 5K in over two years, so there’s that.
Anyway, I got a last minute free entry to this race from a guy in my running club who had won it in a raffle but was unable to use it. There was another guy in a similar situation so I snagged that one as well and shared it with Emily who as gracious enough to drive us to the race and figure out the parking situation.
Neither of us had ever run this race before but I knew a lot of people running it and a friend of mine who I trained with for the Chicago Triathlon last year lives near the race and invited us over for brunch. Never one to turn down a free race or free food, of course I said yes.
I was admittedly surprised at how large this race was considering it’s a “neighborhood” race. I suppose, though, that it’s a neighborhood in Chicago which has as many residents as some small towns.
By the way, I’m in a video of the start of the race. Just look for the girl in a bright neon green tank top and a black hat.
Oh, there I am. In fact, other than a picture that I took with some friends post-race this is the only photo of me since my usual race photographer (aka my husband) didn’t join us.I met all these people through blogging. Gotta love bloggers!
Anyway, after a warm-up jog with Emily and a few port-a-potty trips it was time to herd like cattle into the start corrals.
Considering I hadn’t raced a 5K other than as part of last year’s two sprint distance triathlons, I had no idea what I could or couldn’t do. I decided to go out hard and just see if I could hang on.
Well, I’ll tell you, while it netted me a PR, it also netted me some of the worst positive splits I’ve ever had. I think my first mile was just over 7 minutes while the other two were more like 7:45. Ouch. I finished in 23:24 which means I knocked a little more than a minute off my two-year-old 5K PR. I fully admit that’s crazy considering I have done zero 5K specific training.
However, my legs STILL feel shredded. Of course, it didn’t help that this week was my heaviest week in my current training cycle. I’m sure combined with that 5K my legs are going to be screaming for mercy for awhile.
The race overall was very well organized, if a little bit more crowded than I enjoy. And apparently I totally missed the cinnamon rolls at the finish line. Dear blogger friends, why didn’t you make sure I got one of those?? Oh well. Free brunch with my Live Grit friends will just have to do.
Now I admit that I’m intrigued about specifically training for a 5K. Do I dare try something like Hal Higdon’s Advanced 5K training program interspersed with my strength training? Or do I just leave well enough alone and keep doing what I’m doing?