I ran the La Palma 5K again this year. Normally I do the 10K, but with limited to not consistent running, I knew it wouldn’t be a great idea to try for the 10K, because I know I always end up racing… racing a 5K sounded a little bit more forgiving than racing a 10K. I was so excited to wear a few new Sparkle Athletic pieces including this new skirt and awesome leg warmers. Races like this are so much fun because they are small, easy to get to and this one is always very patriotic. I also grew up in the area so running where I ran in high school is always a good memory too.
We had to be up bright and early and thankfully B’s mom came to stay with C while I went to the race. I thought about bringing her to run with her in the stroller, because B was at work, but then with her missing breakfast and her morning bottle, it was just not going to work out to take her. I went with my neighbor who was going to run the 5K also. We signed up, got ready and headed to the start line.
We were a little late at the start line so we were back in the pack a bit. The entire race is completely flat and a square course, and I knew once I hit mile 1, I had not surprisingly started off a little bit too fast (8:08) which would make the last mile seem like I was running forever! As I rounded the corner and hit mile 2, my calves were feeling very tight, but I knew I only had a mile left! I really was feeling the burn in my legs after mile 2 (8:31) and my last mile was my slowest, which is not usually how I finish.
As I crossed the finish line I felt really tired but glad I pushed myself and finished as best I could. My overall average pace was 8:22, which was better than I expected. My calves were really tight and I know this was because of the lack of consistent running I’ve had. This race is always so fun though and I’m glad I ran it. A great way to kick off the holiday! Signing up for races is something I don’t do that often and I know I need to do more of to keep myself accountable and because I always like to race. ]