Yesterday to start off our 4th of July celebration I competed in a local 5K benefiting a great cause, Operation One Voice. Operation One Voice supports the families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.
Going into yesterdays race I had one goal, to have a time under 36 minutes. I don’t run fast, even when I’m not pregnant. Looking back at all my previous 5K races when I was pregnant, my best time was 43 minutes (I was 25 weeks pregnant at the time pushing double jogging stroller), and I knew this time I could do better. However, at the same time, I knew that if it didn’t happen, it wasn’t the end of the world. If I started hurting, I would walk. It was nice to have such a laid back attitude to a race for once.
So my official time (36:32). However, everyone was discussing after the race that the course was over 3.1 miles, I had about 3.22. That .12 of a mile made a big difference. 🙂 The one thing I didn’t take into consideration was the giant hill that we had to run back up the second half of the race. There was a 541 foot elevation change that lasted over 1 mile. Not cool. I actually passed a lot of people running up that hill. What probably hurt my time the most was running down the hill. The extra pounding was a lot uncomfortable on my big ‘ol belly.
It has been a long time since I have ran a 5K that wasn’t part of a triathlon. It has been over 3 years. When I am running a 5K as part of a triathlon, I am having to mentally tell myself it is almost over. Yesterday it was an interesting experience because I never had that feeling. I was just doing a normal training run for me.
Time : 36:32 (for 3.22)
Overall Place: 96/146
Gender Place : 40/76
Age Group Place: 12/24