A great way to sneak in some speedwork is to run a 5k. I learned that this weekend when Angela asked me to accompany her to the Philip Rivers 5k. We thought it must be at some place called Philip Rivers, but we quickly learned that Philip Rivers is actually a football player. We are totoally clueless about these things. Angela has been training one of her clients for a 5k and this was her big day. She was there to support her and cheer her on. Angela is extremely dedicated and supportive of her clients. Perfect example: Later that night we went out for some celebratory drinks with another one of her clients who had a goal of fitting into her “skinny” jeans on her birthday…and she did!
I tagged along to the 5k figuring it would give me a chance to throw in some speed without thinking about it. This week was a cut-back week in terms of mileage so it worked out nicely. I showed up feeling kind of sluggish. My legs felt tight, I was tired and let’s face it, I haven’t run before 9:00 AM in quite awhile. The race was at Liberty Station in Point Loma on grass, sidewalk and dirt. It was a nice race setting with some great entertainment afterward. I had some issues with the 5k walk taking place while the race was still going on. It was a 2 loop course so by the second loop I was dodging strollers and kids.
Without mile markers, I wasn’t able to stop my watch and check my pace. I had no idea if I was running fast or slow, I was just moving. People started shouting “First female!” and “Here comes the first girl!” I was very confused why they were yelling this at ME. There were almost 800 runners, how could I be first? Toward mile 2, I spotted Ang and she let me know I was the 2nd female. I didn’t see any women ahead of me so I couldn’t really shoot for first.
I finished 2nd place overall female to my surprise.