This morning was my first run since the marathon. I decided to participate in the Flapjack 5K that takes place every year, just around the corner from our house. The run benefits our neighborhood elementary school and comes complete with a pancake breakfast after. I was excited to run again but didn’t know how my body would feel. I wasn’t trying to hit any time goals on this run, just have fun.
It was really hard to reset my Garmin this morning because I didn’t want to delete that 26.35 mile accomplishment. But then I realized nothing will ever delete that from my memory! This race was a complete 180 from last week’s marathon – and the change was welcome. Let’s compare:
- I woke up at 7AM this morning instead of 3:45AM last Sunday
- I registered for the race 45 minutes before the gun went off. For CIM I registered 5 months before race day.
- I think I may have been the only woman in my age group today compared to close to 500 last week
- The race was all about the kids and it was so fun to just run through the neighborhood with my fellow residents
- I wasn’t nervous about what I ate the night before or what time I went to bed. Aaron and I had a super fun date night last night complete with braised lamb shank, risotto and wine.
I walked down to the race start and everything kicked off at 8:30. I felt surprisingly good at the start. I felt pretty fresh. Around mile 2, though, my left IT band started to hurt and get tight. Nothing I couldn’t push through, though.
I finished 3.2 miles in 28 minutes for a pace of 8:45. I had so much fun just being out there running. No iPod, no crowds, to pressure!