Hope you all had a great weekend! It was another marvelous couple of days, with plenty of sunshine.
I signed up for a last minute 5k Saturday morning, which we followed with a St Patty’s Day Parade in the same town for a fun Saturday outing. Who knew there were so many bagpipers in the area?!
The 5k was surprisingly fun! I haven’t run a road race since… um? I guess the half this fall? I love seeing races popping back on the calendars now that spring is around the corner.
My goal was an 8 to 8:30 minute pace. Since becoming pregnant, the fastest I’ve run was a 7:55 mile just this past week on a run (and that was the final downhill portion of a hilly run). I ran a 15 minute warm up, about a mile and a half, and got ready to run.
The whole family came, and L packed her Cinderella costume because she thought it would be fun to cheer in it.
I ran the first mile with the pack around me, staying at a comfortable pace and settling into the run. I was surprised when I saw I hit the marker in 7:39! Maybe my legs remember how to run faster than the 9 minute pace I’ve been hanging around at lately?
Mile two had a gigantic hill. I was determined not to walk, but many people did at the steepest part. My pace slowed to a ten minute mile but it was probably only a quarter mile long, so I had time to make it up. Side note- I can tell all the hilly routes around me are paying off! I would have felt much worse on that hill a year ago. With the hill, mile two was a little slower: 7:49.
The final stretch was flat and even slightly downhill. After my breathing recovered from the uphill, I slowly picked up speed and decided to finish strong. I wouldn’t call it a spring but I did push the pace and mile 3 was 7:00, with the final .1 at 6:20 pace.
My husband caught this shot in the final tenth of a mile:
5k Result: 23:11, (7:26 pace) 5th in age group
And now I’m excited to race for “real” in several months, but this race will hold me over for now.
I also finally officially signed up for a spring half:
Garden Spot Half Marathon in Lancaster, PA. I’ll be visiting my family that weekend, so the timing is perfect! And I may be biased, but the country roads in Lancaster are some of the prettiest road running I’ve done. If you’re looking for a spring half, join me!!
Are you running a half marathon this spring?
How did you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend?