This morning my two neighbors and I ran the Tooth Trot 5k. The boyfriend has been sick the last couple of days, so I told him to get some extra sleep. Unfortunately that means I had no paparazzi, so this will be a pictureless recap.
I've mentioned other places that I'm having a hard time fitting it all in. That has definitely been the case these last couple of weeks. I've had after school functions, and I've had more homework than usual lately. I haven't run one step since my half marathon on January 13th, so it's been two straight weeks since I've worked out. Yikes. I know I need to remedy that, especially since I have another half on February 17th. I'm still trying to figure this all out.
I rode with my neighbors to the 5k, because it was about 25 minutes away. The course was within a park, so I figured it wouldn't be too bad. My friends had run 5ks in this park before and said it wasn't bad, but as we quickly discovered, this was not the usual course. The monster hill within the park was usually a downhill, however this time we'd be going up it. Crap.
I know I talk about hills all the time (I live in central Texas! I challenge you to find somewhere flat to run!!), but this thing was a beast. I've truly never run anything like it before. It went on and on for what felt like forever. Initially I was going to slowly jog it, but within 15 seconds, my legs were on fire. We weren't even at 1 mile yet, so I decided walking up the monster that never quit was the best option. By walking, I basically mean crawling. I knew if I tried to jog it I'd have nothing left for the rest of the race, so I sloooowly walked up the hill that lasted an eternity.
The rest of the course wasn't bad, but I do have a couple complaints. There was no water on the course, which I never take anyway, but I know plenty of others that do. My other big complaint is that the results and water were a good .25 - .50 of a mile away from the finish! Every race I've ever done has always had water at the finish, but you had to walk quite a bit at the end of this one to get to the results and water. I didn't like that at all.
I ended up finishing in 32:17, which was a 10:25 average pace. I will definitely take that, especially with all the walking I did! As I mentioned, it was a sloooow walk, so I'm definitely proud of my overall results. I'm glad to still run a decent pace given my lack of training as well.
My biggest challenge right now is fitting it all in. I really hope to get that down soon, because I know I'll never show growth if I don't!