Last Saturday I ran my first race of 2015: the Spring Fling 5K (There was also a 10K). It was in Shelburne, Vermont and was wonderfully put on by RaceVermont. I was thrilled that M agreed to do it with me – and even stayed behind with me instead of running his normal speed 😛
I got our bibs on Friday at the Fleet Feet store in Essex Junction, Vermont. After spending too much money (stocked up on Honey Stinger goods and bought a new skirt), I was really excited for the race! I was ready to treat my body right the night before the race. All went perfectly until M. decided to make strawberry margaritas. I think we all know I can’t resist one or two of those…
I easily hopped out of bed on Saturday morning at 7:45 to get ready. This is the first time I wasn’t on my own getting ready for a race and it was really weird! I got dressed and ate a Honey Stinger Energy Bar. I actually got to drive…and while trying to eat my breakfast we got a little lost…but eventually we made it! I was happy that we were able to wait inside for the race to start, as it was a blustery 25*!
I told M. I wanted to hit a 27:00 time, and set the virtual pacer on my watch. I was almost right on for the first mile (8:46) but then my stomach started aching and I felt sick. Between that, the wind and an uphill, I slowed down drastically for the second mile (10:05). M. was great at keeping me in check and reminding me that it was okay it wasn’t my day. I started feeling better for the third mile and tried my best to speed up. Butttt that didn’t happen (10:04). I was so so happy to be done in 29:36 (UGHHHHH) and I even beat M. by .01 seconds 😛
So. It wasn’t my day. But I’m okay with it. As much as I wanted a PR, I haven’t been training for speed right now – I’ve been training for a half marathon. Maybe I could have started slower? Maybe I shouldn’t have had the margaritas the night before? Maybe I shouldn’t have ate after 8:00 (I never eat within an hour of a run…except for this morning.) BUT I’m really glad I got to run with M. and got used to getting ready to run at his house. It was a good “dress rehearsal” for my half marathon in a couple of weeks.
RaceVermont put on a pretty great race, and I would definitely do it again. It was only $20, with a shirt available for purchase if you wanted. There was a good spread of food at the end for the amount of people racing (I had some oranges – I only like them after running)! I would definitely do another one of their races in the future!
Next up is a half marathon on 4/11. I’m hoping M. may join me for a few miles, but I’m just going to hope I finish with a small PR and use it to build confidence for my 2 other spring halfs. I also hope to take more pictures…because let’s face it, I don’t when I’m having too much fun in Vermont!