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Race Recap: Lakewood 5K

Wow! I haven’t ‘raced’ in quite sometime, and I can’t lie, I was pretty nervous when I woke up and thought about running hard during a race. Since the middle of February and nailing down my next race I have started running more consistently, still not far distances just yet, as I’m making sure to ease back into it so I don’t have any IT Band flare ups again.

I started back up slowly and have built my mileage cautiously. Now I’m at a place where I’ve been running 2-3 miles 4 times a week for two weeks now,  which doesn’t seem like a lot, but when I was having issues with my leg tightening up after only walking a mile, I feel like I’m making a lot of progress! Needless to say, when I woke up on race morning I was still nervous. Would running ‘hard’ hurt me? How would I feel after the race? There were so many questions and I almost told B not to rush home from work because I didn’t want to go.

We traveled over to the mall by our house because that’s where the Lakewood 5K was and I registered. I started to get a little bit excited but I was still nervous. I knew this would also be a great race to see where I was at when I actually pushed myself. I lined up with everyone else and off we went. It was a small local race, which I love, weaving through some residential areas and around town. I got to the mile marker 1 and the volunteer there was reading off times, and I heard her say 9:15. In my mind I thought to myself… man, I’m working REALLY hard to be running that pace, but it was much closer to the pace I was running during training, so I wasn’t too displeased. Mile marker 2 lead to more confusion when the volunteer read off 15:30. I didn’t have the energy in my mind to do the math, nor am I good at math, but I knew I wasn’t working hard enough to run a six minute mile.

Around mile 2.5 I was getting TIRED! I was leapfrogging with these two little kids who kept sprinting and then walking, sprinting and then walking. I knew that the finish line was quickly approaching so I sprinted it in, and B took some pictures of me. It’s only the best races that finish in front of the Costco gas station!

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When I saw the clock at the finish line I was SO surprised there was a 24 in front of it! I was expecting to run a 30 something 5K! Seeing that 24 made me so happy.

Then, even better news, since the race was so small, I placed first in my age group! B said I was about the 5th or 6th woman overall! I was pretty happy and we waited for the medals to be handed out just so I could get mine. Reason #1 to run a small race.

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It was worth the wait to get the medal, and now I have a new medal to add to my collection. After the race I didn’t feel like my IT Band was having issues either, which was great. On Sunday I made sure to foam roll it and tonight I’m going for a run this evening after work when it’s still light out. I hope to keep feeling this way. It’s so great to be able to run pain free again and this race was great way to test it out and make sure I was on the right track for training!


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  • Reply Bonnie


    March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am
  • Reply J

    Congrats on a great race and first in your AG! Well done! You still have so much speed girl!

    March 11, 2013 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Leigh

    Congratulations on a great race! I wish small 5k races gave out medals here (in Canada). They rarely give out medals :(

    March 11, 2013 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Monika

    Congratulations! On the fast pain free race and the win! :)

    March 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Efo

    Nice job, D! Even better than you could race pain-free, AND come in 1st in your AG! Boom.

    March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I agree, small races are the best! I always stick around after for door prizes too :)

    March 12, 2013 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    Congrats and awesome action photo!

    March 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Kristine

    Congratulations in your 1st place medal!!! I ran my very first 10K at The Knott’s coaster run this Sunday 3/10. I finished in 1 hr 20 min. My goal was to run/jog the whole time and I accomplished that goal! Thank you so much again for inspiring me to start running, I love it!!!

    March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Erin

    Wow, you can really tell you’ve lost weight! You were slim before, but you’re doing great!

    March 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Stacey Jennings

    Congrats! Great work! Keep it up, you’re looking great!

    March 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Nicki

    WOW!!!! Such a great run — congratulations!! I am in such a running slump, but reading your blog gives me motivation. You are always honest about where you are in your running seasons of life, and right now is a slower season for me. I have a 5K on Saturday,and I know I’ll be finishing VERY slowly, but I’m still looking forward to it.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Congratulations!!!! That is huge, especially for a comeback race! Glad you are feeling great. The race pictures is great, good form!!!

    March 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    I love the picture of you mid-stride!!! It looks all kinds of hard-core!!! :P

    March 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Evi

    Great job on a run!!! That’s excellent, I love when you don’t realize how well you’re doing until the end- great to get a little surprise! =)

    March 23, 2013 at 8:02 am
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