This just in… I finished in 26:05 and placed first in my age division! I also had to tie my shoe sometime during mile 2. And I biked 4.8 miles on the way to the race from home (and had to bike back… whew!).
It was a super small, local race. Maybe not even 200 people? But it was a lot of fun and proceeds benefited the Elk Grove Food Bank. Always nice to help a good cause. I am so excited that I beat my goal time of a sub 30 and now I look forward to completing all four 5Ks in the series in 2013! However, I sure was POOPED afterward. I am going to stick to 5Ks for now. It is a good distance where I am not in major pain afterward and it will be fun trying to beat my time with each new race. I believe they say, “PR?” 🙂
I also want to add that Hubby is the best #1 fan in the whole wide world. He woke up to bike with me to the race, support me, and take pictures. He is even going to try and run the next 5K, too!
My first 5K race ever – I usually walk them. This is also my first race since the Shamrock. Here’s the course I’ll be running tomorrow! Super excited, anxious, and nervous.
Get GOO (or gummies). I keep reading more and more that these pro runners use them to fuel themselves.
RICE after all runs (rest, ice, compression, elevate). Recovery is key!
Eat well and get enough sleep/rest. My co-worker said she had one of her best runs lately (14+ miles – don’t fret, she’s training for the CIM lol…) b/c she had enough sleep the previous night, she ate a big breakfast and hydrated before her run.
Get compression socks (cannot believe how much $ they are) – I think the idea is to lessen the hurt your legs go through as you run. Maybe for now I’ll wear tube socks =P
Get better shoes (specifically a half size bigger! Mel can relate lol). But also get the “right” shoes by going to Fleet Feet or Running Zone and having them recommend the right shoes