Scope 5k Recap

Hi friends!

Time for another race recap.Β  It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of these lately. πŸ™‚

The Scope 5k was Saturday morning.Β  I was running it with a few other friends from my running group, and my goal was to set a baseline for where I’m at right now and try to improve that time in 6 weeks at another 5k in May.

But of course, I was still hoping for a small pr!

The May 5k is going to be miserably hot- there is no way around that in Houston.Β  So I guess it was appropriate that Saturday was unseasonable warm as well.Β  It could have been worse, but temps were near 70 with 95% humidity.

Oh, Houston.Β  I am not going to miss your humidity next year!

I jogged the two miles to the start, and did a few strides.Β  I followed my running group to the front of the pack at the start line.Β  We knew from last year’s results that this was a largely uncompetitive group, and most of us had a good chance at placing.

We took off at 8am.Β  The course itself could not have been more boring.Β  Flat, concrete roads through the medical center.Β  I was happy with my first mile, 6:30.

The second mile is mentally the toughest for me.Β  I’m getting tired, but know I still have a long ways to go! We also had a strange add-on where we turned down a side street for 100 yards or so, did a u-turn, and then turned back onto our original path.Β  I felt myself losing momentum there.Β  Second mile was my slowest, 6:37.

By the third mile, I decided I was ready to pick off a few people.Β  There were two girls in front of me the entire race, so I kept myself entertained by catching and passing them.

And suddenly we were at the final overpass and the homestretch. Third mile, 6:30.

C’mon, legs, keep moving!

And done! I forgot to stop my watch but came in right around 20:30.

Initially, I was disappointed as my pr is 20:20 and I would have liked to beat it.Β  But I reminded myself that this is my baseline, and I haven’t been training for short distances.Β  I have 6 weeks to see if I can get closer to my goal of sub-20 (I’ll take 19:59!).

Plus this little face at the finish line made me smile!

My speedy friend Rachel placed first overall for the women, and I was second.Β  We both took first in our age groups.Β  The guys also each placed in their age groups as well.Β  Not too shabby!

I headed over to teach spin afterwards, and jogged 2 miles home from there, making it my first brick since triathlon training last summer.Β  My quads were done after that!

Did you race or run long this weekend? What goals are you working toward this spring?


82 thoughts on “Scope 5k Recap

  1. Congrats! Still a really great finishing time!

    I did a 5K over the weekend as well. I had issues with pacing early on that resulted in a stitch in the side right before mile three that would just not go away.

    Like you, the weather here was really warm. My race was at 7:30am and it was already 80 degrees and 85% humidity. My next 5K is also in May when it will be even warmer down here in sunny Fort Lauderdale. It’s The Color Run though so I’ll be using it as a fun, training run rather than a race.
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  2. Great time! Here’s what I’m betting…you aren’t even use to the humidity yet, so that’s a huge factor–that PR is closer than you think.

    I am cheering to see your little one in bare feet! It’s so good for kids to stay out of shoes as much as possible.
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    • Yes, the humidity really takes it out of me. I’m looking forward to some cool racing weather in the northeast next fall. πŸ™‚
      As for the shoes, we cannot keep them on her!! But I do like letting her run in bare feet as much as possible, too.
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  3. Congrats! You are so incredibly fast, but with that cute face at the end, no wonder! πŸ™‚ I HATE it when races have those little off-shoot u-turns. I hate u-turns in general but those short was are ridiculous. I think it’s hard to pick up momentum after turning that sharp.
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  4. Congrats on another age-group win and another great race! I don’t know if I’ll get to a sub-20 5K this spring, but hoping by the end of the year I can get there. My PR is 20:51, so I have a much longer way to go than you, but with some more speedwork, I think it’s a possibility!
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    • It’s definitely in your reach… it’s fun switching to the shorter races. But when I lined up on Saturday for the race, I was thinking, what am I doing?! I’m really not a fan of the 5k at all!! Just needed a new challenge, I guess. πŸ™‚
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  5. I love that your slowesst mile is faster than my fastest mile. LOL! You are so speedy! Congrats on a great race!

    I just found out that I got chosen in the lottery for ATL’s Peachtree Roadrace (the world’s largest 10K). It’s July 4th… guess I need to start running again! πŸ™‚
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  6. Awesome time for the beginning of the season! 20:00 is going down! I ran a small 5k this weekend and they messed up directing us so it was 0.2 long. πŸ™ Made for some awful times, but my Garmin claimed I got a PR. πŸ™‚
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  7. Love the pic of you, the one front shot. And great form! πŸ™‚ I am so jealous right now of your weather but I know I’ll be grumbling about humidity soon enough. I agree with what Miss Zippy commented, you’ll get acclimated more soon to the heat/humidity. What was it, 3-6 weeks? πŸ™‚
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    • Yes, I hope I start to acclimate to it! It felt hard all summer last year, but I definitely think it gets a bit easier than the first days of humidity. Thanks for the form comment- I’ve been trying to work on it! My arms are always swinging wildly by the end of a race, so it was nice to see I had a bit more control this time. πŸ™‚
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  8. Great job Laura and isn’t it great seeing your little girl at the finish? πŸ™‚ Always makes me so happy. Sub 20 5K is my goal too, ran it once on the TM now to do it for real in a race!
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    • Yes- love seeing that face at the end!! That’s impressive you ran it on the treadmill, I am always slower on my own… need that race adrenaline to push me through!
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  9. Great race wait until you have a lot more speed work under your belt you are going to be flying! Congrats on placing as well!
    I of course had the half that did not go as planned. But, they happen. Moving on! I need to switch more to marathon mode as I am running one on May 5th! I will be using my races from now until then as part training runs. Just looking to beat down my Miami time. I have a half a couple weeks after the marathon, I will probably try to redeem this weekends half but a PR might have to wait until fall!
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    • Thank you, Jen! And I don’t know, either… it makes me grumpy when I have to deal with it on race days, but I should learn to expect it here. πŸ™‚
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    • Thanks for the encouragement, Tia!! I am pretty sure I can dig deep and find it in me, too. It’s fun to focus on the 5k for a change… well, fun other than during the 3.1 miles that I’m running it, ha. πŸ™‚
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  10. Great race, Laura! A boring course is hard to run – especially in the humidity! I ran the Zooma half in Bastrop (Austin) and my slowest miles were the point & back mile (boring!) and the golf course circles. I paced 30 seconds per mile faster on the very challenging hills than on the flat boring places – so I definitely believe that some courses are more mentally challenging!
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    • Thank you for that! You’re right- the course really does make a difference… too bad it’s almost the exact same course that I’m running again in May. πŸ™
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  11. That is a fantastic baseline time! I have the same issue with the second mile in a 5K too, haven’t been able to figure out why I slow down so much there.

    I ran a race last weekend in the Redwoods. It was a great race to run before my goal marathon in early May.
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  12. 5ks are so annoying, because every second becomes a challenge to take off! You will totally have that sub 20 by May (omg I can’t even IMAGINE a sub 20 5k!!), and I’d still say you did pretty darn awesome at this race lady!! You are a speed machiiiine! πŸ™‚
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  13. Congratulations on 2nd overall and first age group! That’s fantastic! Especially in Houston’s heat/humidity.

    I ran long and paced a race this weekend, but nothing that speedy. πŸ˜‰
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  14. The second mile is my toughest as well during a 5k. You are in pain but haven’t hit that halfway point. One mile left is much more manageable and I’m able to push but that 2nd mile is the killer.
    Congrats on an amazing run!! With your recent half time, sub-20 is totally possible and I think will come with very little effort =)

  15. WOW!! I think that was a great time! I also ran a 5k this weekend, and tried to do sub-30, but have been having major piriformis issues. I finished in 31:30. Better than my last race, but not what I wanted.
    I’m sure you will get it next time!!

  16. Congrats on a great race, PR or not you ran awesome! I can see sub 20 VERY soon for you!

    That face at the finish would be enough to make me melt, like seriously adorable!

    Words cant describe my hatred of mile 2 in a 5k, I despise it! For some reason that mile seems like 60 miles. Mile 3 is the best can be tired but nothing better than knowing you are almost done and you have time to give it all you have left.

    I make games of passing people in races, it helps give me short goals to work for. Like I will catch her or him. Then after that pick another person in my line of sight to try and catch. I did that multiple times this past weekend at the Around the Bay 30k, it really helped me push through when I was mentally struggling the last few miles.
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  17. Wow, that’s really speedy! That’s awesome! And then you ran to teach spin and ran home! Crazy! I mean, good crazy of course.

    This weekend I ran long and raced. Saturday was a 20 LSD and Sunday was a half marathon trail race. Saturday’s was hard, but Sunday was really fun! Then I sat in bed and ate snacks the rest of the day. I am not as motivated as you are!
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  18. Great job at this baseline 5k race, Laura! I understand a little disappointment at not getting a PR- I think all of us secretly want one πŸ™‚ Some, not-so-secretly .
    My guess is that in 6-8 weeks of focused short distance training, you’ll have sub 20. Those mile splits were great and you didn’t really lose speed. The 2nd is the hardest mile to stay focused on. Go after’ll get it!
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