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Legacy Summer Nights 5K Race #1 Recap

So I haven’t run a 5K in quite some time and it was pretty apparent in my so-called ‘pacing’. It was great weather for a run and the location was great, the race was at a local park where we usually run and train with the team. I warmed up for a mile and felt ready to run. Before I knew it, we were lining up at the start line and I was surprisingly nervous.

I started off WAY, WAY too fast and I felt it for the rest of the race. We wound throughout the park by the time I hit the first mile and heard my split time, I knew that I was going to suffer and I did. After the first mile, I tried to relax and run a more consistent pace, but I was just hurting. My legs were tired from running too fast to begin with and I just focused on my breathing, which was pretty difficult because I was sucking wind. The entire course is on grass and it was easy to run on for my body.

Legacy Summer Nights 5K @ Heartwell ParkAs we started out on mile 2, I told myself it was 2 more miles left and that was it. I tried to push myself along but my whole body felt deflated! My legs were heavy and I just kept thinking about finishing, even though it seemed like it was so far away. We wove in and out throughout the park and finally I saw I was at 2.5 miles. It seemed like a REALLY long race to me at this point. I caught the girl who was just a little bit in front of me and tried my hardest to push myself to the finish line.

Legacy Summer Nights 5K @ Heartwell Park

B was home that day and actually brought our nicer camera and took some photos! It was nice having him there even though when I saw him, I felt horrible. This last photo was right at 2.5 left and I knew where the finish line was and it seemed so far away, I had no idea how I was going to make it that far. I wanted to stop and walk so bad!

Mary Kate came as well! It was a fun evening even if my butt was cramping the rest of the evening :/ Because I haven’t run a shorter distance like that in a while, I was reminded that it’s so different trying to pace yourself to run ‘fast’ when you’re not used to running that distance. Hopefully I will be a little bit more prepared to run more consistent paces at the next 5K next month!





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  • Reply The Silent Assassin

    Ummmm, you’re legs look swol, not deflated =). When you’re doing strength, are you doing just upper? Or overall, legs included? Seriously, you are looking fit! Dem quads! I like the first picture, where its you dustin’ a pack of boys in the background… Nice work D!

    June 30, 2014 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Natalie @ Never Serious Blog

    That’s SO badass. I’m so impressed! 5k’s always seem long to me also, which is pretty funny. Probably just because it’s harder to think about anything other than the pain you’re in, but I guess that’s what short races are about!

    Also YOU’RE CRAY. I agree with the above – your legs look crazy tone and you look like you are kicking ASS. I wish my deflated/end of race pictures looked that good!

    June 30, 2014 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Christine

    Based on the pictures I would have never thought you were suffering so much. You look great!!! ope you reached your gal time of 22 minutes.

    July 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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