Verona 5k Race Recap

It’s been several months since I’ve written a race recap! I’m looking forward to writing a few more soon… possibly another 5k on Saturday, Liberty half the next weekend and then Steamtown and NYC marathon.  This race reminded me how much I love racing!

I knew it wouldn’t be an easy run- it was tough after my 21+ miler on Saturday.  But I went in with no goals, other than using it as a tough workout.  I need to race more often with no pressure.

It’s a hilly course.  I ran it 3 years ago, when I was new to NJ and the hills around here, and it felt so brutal.  I vowed not to race this one again, but somehow signing up for a hilly course took the pressure off.

I did a 3 mile warm up and lined up.

Verona 5k start

My parents and family came too!

The start of the race is flat for probably a quarter mile or so before making a right up a hill.  My first mile was 6:55, which was discouraging, but I knew I was hardly holding a sub 8 pace up the hill.

Mile two leveled out a bit more with rolling hills, and came in at 6:42.  The final mile was mostly flat and beeped at 6:35.

The final stretch was flat but my legs were done.  I would have happily coasted my way to the finish, but the older guy behind me was coaching me in.  Telling me to pick up the pace, that I was almost there, I’ve got this.  He yelled, “Go! Go!” a few times and it made me go! Final sprint- 5:55 pace.

Verona final push

There he is yelling “Go!”  It was really helpful- I needed that extra push to finish strong!  Final time: 20:50

Overall, it felt like a solid workout.  It was a pr for this course on tired legs after a 50 mile week.  I’ll take it!  I cooled down with 3 more miles for 9 for the day.

Verona 5k award

And a glass and gift card for first in my age group! I was just saying I need new running shorts.  Woohoo!


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25 thoughts on “Verona 5k Race Recap

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like you did amazing for the mileage you already had on your legs coupled with the hilly course!! Great job!! And I absolutely love the guy coaching you to the finish!!!:-) Now go get those shorts!!
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    • Thanks, Allie! I loved that guy coaching me too… it was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment! I wish I could bring him along for the marathon…
      And I went this morning and got my shorts. 🙂
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  2. Awesome negative splits!! I definitely need to do more races as “no pressure” just as workouts instead of trying to go all out in every race. I may register for a half in a few weeks to do just that – more of a long run workout than racing it.

  3. Congratulations on your race and a negative split, plus finishing 1st in your age group! That’s an excellent 5K time for a hilly course and also while you are marathon training and not doing a bunch of 5K specific/speedy workouts but focusing on distance. You look really strong in the finish picture as well. Hope you can put that gift card to good use toward new shorts soon!

    • Thanks, Amy! I’m glad I pushed myself to do it, even though I wasn’t as 5k ready as I’d like to be… it was fun! And yes, I went already this morning to pick out my new shorts. 🙂
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    • Thanks, Danielle!

      I’ve only done one trail race, and it was really fun! I wish we had more around here. You’re right, it’s a great way to race without worrying about a pr as times are naturally going to be slower but you can get a great workout in.
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