Saturday, June 15, 2013

Why I Hate 5K's

I hate 5k's because they are fast! It had been four years since the last time I ran a 5k and now I remember why. In a marathon, I kick for the last stretch of the race, but the entire 5k race is a "kick". Clearly someone needs to do a little more speed training... :s My cousin and I started the race together and E was my trusty jogging stroller partner, so I can't say it wasn't a fun time! The weather today was be-a-utiful and it was a great day for a run. We didn't stick around for results, but E and I finished in ~24:23 (7:51/mile) according to my Garmin. I've never raced with a jogging stroller (or a baby) before, so I didn't really have a goal time in mind. E slept for the whole run and it was wonderful.


Today's 5k was fun, but there is something completely lovable about the marathon distance. Maybe it's the fact that you have 3+ hours to think about life, eat random energy sources, and possibly suffer from G.I. distress. Though, I will say I do enjoy the shorter races now and then! Especially with a baby in the stroller. After the race, E and I grabbed some coffee and headed over to visit my great grandma in the nursing home. E was out like a light once we got back to my parent's house. He ran so hard this morning!

Leo is away at a 2-week training and we already miss him... E and I are going to make the best of it and soon dad will be home again. We made sure to celebrate his first Father's Day a bit early!
Random of the day: These are delicious!


Running Recap

M- Still sick! Tried to run, but my lungs didn't cooperate.

T- 6 mile jogger run with E and the TRF River Runners.

W- Feeling sore and tired still; rest day.

H- 4.33 very early AM run + XT.

F- Traveling to up north to my parent's farm!

S- Local 5k race. 24:23 finish time (7:51/mile) with E and the jogger.


Do you have any plans for Father's Day?
Any unique breakfast or other recipes to recommend?

8 comments:

  1. I love those Starbucks Refreshers.

    I'm with you, I'd rather longer races but the occasional 5k is a nice thing to do as it doesn't take too much time!

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    1. Very true - we were done with the race by 10:30 that morning and on with the rest of the day! I'm usually about due for a nap or at least to put my feet up after a marathon :)

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  2. That's a great run with the jogging stroller! I'd be happy with that time WITHOUT the jogger.

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    1. Thanks! I was definitely breathing pretty hard afterwards - probably should have joined Eli for a post-race nap :)

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  3. Oh, this gives me hope for running our first 5k with Susanna in the stroller. Cherry Days- 4th of July- smart 7am race start. I normally don't like road running, but $15 entry fee that benefits local parks and rec was worth it.

    I hope you all hung in there for Father's Day. I remember those days when my Dad was gone in the Navy.

    Thank you to your hub for his service.

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    1. I'm glad to hear Eli and I can encourage other stroller runners :) You will do great! I'm still pretty new to the jogging stroller world, but it's been great so far. It so beats trying to find a sitter anytime I want to go for a run!

      I will pass the word on to him when he gets back :) We miss him, but I keep reminding myself that I need to be thankful he's in the same country as us. We haven't gone through a deployment yet (or hopefully ever); it has to be so hard on the family left at home and the soldier serving. Thank you to your dad for his service!

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  4. Just found you via New Moms Talk. Agree that 5Ks are brutal! Add the stroller & it's a whole new level of UGH! At least it's over quickly!

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    1. Very true - they are done much quicker than a marathon! Really, I think any race can be brutal if you go all out. I even hated running the one-mile for time when I was in college!

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