Run for Wellness 5k Recap


I survived the 5k!


It was H.O.T. but I was expecting it.  I only had enough time for a slow one mile warm up.

By the way, if you’re local to Houston, this is a free race series the last Sunday of every month.  Check it out! But maybe wait until October.  🙂

I started the race conservatively, hoping to come in around 21 minutes.

The course was a simple out and back, with a little shade at times.  There were some speedy men (the top 3 all came in around 16 minutes) but only one woman in front of me the entire time.

Despite the scenic course and new-to-me park, I was huffing and puffing by mile one! I haven’t run a sub-7 mile (or even sub-7 interval!) since the last 5k in early May and I could tell.  🙂

I ran side by side with one guy for the first half, but at the turn around he decided to pick it up.  (What is it about most guys and refusing to be passed by a woman?) I really didn’t care enough to chase him, but it did help me pick up my pace a bit.

It felt good to run a race without the hopes of a new pr.  My quads were tired from spin the day before, and the humidity made it difficult to get any deep breaths.

My splits came in at 6:39, 6:49, and 6:43.  As I approached the finish, I was surprised to see I would be under 21 minutes.   And I was thrilled to be finished! Final time: 20:39

My last sweaty Texas race!

Good enough for 2nd woman! It was hard and hot and crazy sweaty, but I’m glad I did it. And it was fun to see another part of Houston before we leave.

I stuck around for awards (a medal) and then headed back out for 7 easier miles to finish with 11 for the day.

Back at the car, I realized I forgot to pack a towel.  I was soaking wet by this point, thanks to the humidity (not gonna miss that at all!) Thankfully, a sun visor makes an excellent waterproof seat cover.

Do you race through the summer months? Have you ever experienced soaked clothes from running in humidity?

71 thoughts on “Run for Wellness 5k Recap

  1. Such a great run for you, you always amaze me with your speed! I usually don’t like to race in the summer but I’m going to participate in a 4th of July 5k. Many friends I’ve met through running will be there and it will be great to run with them.
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  2. You are so fast! One day I hope to run a 5k in that kind of time on a nice chilly day! 🙂 Great job — Once April hits in FL, I retire from racing until September. Even then it’s still pretty hot, but training through the summer months definitely conditions well! And yes – Saturday 10m long run = necessary change of clothes. I looked like I’d jumped in a pool.
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  3. WAY TO GO!!!
    Humidity is constant here in summer. But it makes those fall races feel so much easier! I love racing in the summer, because otherwise I lose a little motivation to actually get all my runs done. I’m looking forward to a 5k on Thursday- same one my husband and I have ran for the past 2 years on our anniversary!
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  4. Great job! I’m not much of a runner in general, but I’ve been struggling with exercise headaches this summer so far because it’s so hot and humid. I’m trying to find the right balance of fluids and electrolytes.
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  5. This morning I went for a short (but tough) bike ride and by the time I got home I was covered in sweat. I was stinky and hot but it felt good to get my workout done. I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if I had waited til this afternoon when it was hot!
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  6. i ran a super hot 5k the other day and was shocked how incredibly sweaty i was after 3.1 miles. it looked like i had jumped in a pool! so funny re: men and women passing them. what is their problem? haha. congrats on the strong finish!
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  7. Congratulations! You did awesome on a super hot day! I try to avoid summer races because I don’t do well in the heat.

  8. You are sooo fast girl! Congrats!!! I usually don’t race in the summer…it’s way too hot. I have done a few 5K’s in the summer but it’s rare. And yes…my clothes are soaked with humidity after every run here on the Gulf Coast!!!
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  9. Great job on the 5K!!!
    I hope your last week in TX is awesome!!!
    And, my clothes are usually soaked even without that kind of heat – after boot camp (outside) and a 4 mile run this morning they were dripping!
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  10. Congrats on a great race—something you will love about moving up here is that it wont be AS BAD as Texas heat! It’s definitely been warm ad I have definitely had some “soaked clothes” workouts and races lately but I think it’s more manageable here than there. Solid 5k time, seriously you are awesome, I can’t wait to see what you do when you get a better condition race day, a little cooler and you’re going to fly! Congrats on 2nd place as well!
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  11. Congratulations Laura!! It’s definitely hard to race in the heat, but you did amazing! I was soaked after my run on Saturday, but because of rain, and I wish that I had remembered to bring a towel! My car seats were soaked.
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  12. I was so soaked from my run on Saturday. Afterwards, when I ran into our 7 year old neighbor, he asked me if I had to pee. I guess he thought I might have peed all over myself?? (I don’t know, it was really random!)
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  13. You are a rock star, lady! I know this running trail….love it (great bike path, because you can start at the Terry Hershey parking spot at Beltway and go alllll the way down here for a 20+ mile loop). Hope you had a great time and enjoyed the victory…second place IS a victory!

    Under 21 minute finishing time with the heat/humidity we have been having is a victory in and of itself! Congrats.

    Let me know if you plan to do this again. I’d love to join….Sept 29th or later. =)
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  14. Oooh, where was that race? Looks prettier than all the Allen Parkway 5Ks I’ve done, haha. Congrats on the second place win!

    I tend not to race anything longer than 5Ks in the summer even though I’m always running plenty during marathon training. My boyfriend is crazy and is signed up for two nighttime (sweat fest) 60Ks later this summer.
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  15. Wow! You are so super speedy! It is pretty humid in NY these days so my running has been a suffer fest. I don’t race in the summer because I don’t dissipate the heat well. Just lots of training for fall races. Good luck with your move.

  16. Yup! I run all summer long….although we llive in Iowa so I don’t have quite the humidity. We did go to FL for 2 weeks in June though and that was pretty humid! My pace slowed a bit for sure. It has been pretty humid here though. Last week’s speed session was a humid one! It is not as bad if I get out early…like 6:30…but it just doesn’t always happen. It makes it harder to stretch for me because I want to shower right away but then if I do that I tend to forget about stratching :)!
    That is an awesome 5k though!!!
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  17. Haha so funny that you sat on the shade! I am amazed at the speeds you can hit. GREAT RACE! The humidity is usually a factor off & on in the summer. It’s very unpredictable. July & August are typically the worst but April, May, June, September, and October can have their humid streaks too!
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  18. Nice race Laura!!! I don’t know how you can run in humidity. Last Friday I had to do my long run after work and it was 95. I thought I was going to die. It was a struggle to finish my 10 miles. I wished I had a towel for my car too. I was a sweaty mess. 🙁
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  19. Congrats on both an awesome time (in hot temps!) and your placement. You rock!

    I really only ever do triathlons or 5ks in summer b/c anything else is just too hot to bear. I was amazed last week when I saw that there was a marathon planned in the Nevada desert. In June?!
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  20. Ug. I don’t know how you do it. Plus you had an excellent time. I trained for my first half marathon (and did many miles after that) in New Orleans so I am no stranger to the humid races. However, I did NOT love them at all. I also did not run a sub 7 pace! I actually joined the gym only so I would have a cool place to exercise!
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