Trail Running

Laurelhurst 5k

I ran my first 5k of the year on Sunday.

Did I train for it? Not really. Have I been running? Yes. So when last week arrived and I realized the race was coming up, I wasn’t too worried. For months I’ve been running every Wednesday with Logan 4.5-5 miles and then on Fridays at work during lunch, I run 2.5-3 miles on the treadmill (depending on how much time I have).

So for the spring and summer, I have been running around 8 miles a week. I figured a 5k wouldn’t be a big issue. I was looking forward to this race. I signed up for two 5k’s last year but I wasn’t quite ready to run them postpartum and ended up skipping them. The last 5k I ran was when I was pregnant with Logan!

Here is a post from 2 years ago when I ran the Laurelhurst 5k. I had been newly pregnant and had just hurt my back, so I was surprised I was able to run it at all. My time that time was 39:41.

The plan for this year was to run the 5k as a family. I was going to run with Logan in the running stroller and Michael was going to run with us. Well, we seem to have bad luck with races–this year? We all got the stomach flu last week. Of course!

Logan got it Tuesday, I got it Wednesday. Michael got it Thursday and was sick all weekend, so he didn’t run and stayed home with Logan. I was solo this time. Which was kind of a bummer.

I woke up Sunday and had breakfast of two fried eggs, half a bagel with cream cheese and coffee. It was dreary out. After months of sun and hot hot hot weather, the weather was rainy and gray. We definitely need the rain, and hopefully it will clear the air of the wildfire smoke, but it was kind of a bummer for race day! It turned out to not be that bad. The rain stopped for most of the race, and just misted a little bit.

They changed the race route this year. The last few years we’ve done it, it was three laps on the pavement through Laurelhurst Park. This year, they made it two laps and it was partly through differently terrain: grass, hills, bark dust, dirt, plus the paved trails.

Laurelhurst Park is really pretty. Lots of trees and plants and there are ponds with ducks and geese. The trail was pretty good this year. I did like that it was only 2 laps through the park. But I wasn’t super excited about running on uneven ground. There were parts of the trail that had tree roots coming up out of the grass and if you stepped wrong, I could see a sprained ankle happening.

I started out pretty good on the race. I just listened to my music and set a pace. I wasn’t in a mood to try and break any records of mine. I just wanted to run the race and hopefully not have to walk for most of it!

I ran the first mile of the race without any walk breaks. I wasn’t particularly fast but I was doing pretty good. There were two hills, one was gravel, that I did walk on during both of the laps.

Sweaty, blurry run selfie!

I started the second lap of the race feeling really strong. I wasn’t tired, despite having the flu for four days leading up to the race. My left knee was a little achy but overall, my body felt good. There was about 1/2 mile left of the race. I sped up a little bit to finish strong.

I crossed the finish line and got my ribbon! I felt really great! Especially for not having to take many walking breaks during the race.

I grabbed half a banana after the race and drank some water, stretched, and then headed home. I didn’t hang around for the raffle. I was sweaty and wet from the drizzle rain during the race and looking forward to a hot shower.

Here are my stats:

So I’m confused as to why the mileage is off. I’m not sure if the race was off or if my GPS was off. I don’t get it. But despite that, I was really happy with my pace and my time. 36 minutes is my best 5k time! I felt super happy about that!

I feel strong and happy with my race and my time! I’m so glad it went well! Next month is my next 5k!

Racing!

Portland Parks & Rec is doing their $5 5k series again. I had marked my calender to make sure I was registered on the day they opened it because the series sold out so fast last year. They might be sold out by now, but if you live in the Portland area and want to do a 5K this summer, check out their website here.

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Last year I ran the Gabriel Park 5k, in 35 minutes. It was the first race I’d run in a LONG time (I think Hood to Coast was the last running race I’d done) and I’d spent most of the spring and summer training for it (using the Couch To 5k App). It felt great to be running again and it felt even better to race, even if it was just a “fun” no pressure kind of race.

I’ve signed up for two races for this summer, one in August and one in September. The one in September I’m running with my dad! I’m really excited about that and I know he is too. I’m also a little nervous because he’s faster than me. Yep, my 65 year old father is in better shape and a faster runner than I am! Talk about a complex, right? But it’s just something fun that we can do together and I’m looking forward to it. I think my friend Robyn (who I ran with last year) and my dog walker Amy is signed up for the August race so it will be fun to run with them!

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After work on Tuesday I decided to go for a run instead of going to the gym. The weather was too nice to be inside–60+ degrees and sunny. I decided to run the track near the house. The weather was perfect and it’s now much lighter in the evenings so that’s nice. Since I was running the track, I left Bella at home.

I jogged down our street and then jogged/walked to the neighborhood track. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sunglasses! In MARCH! Unheard of.

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I ran/walked around the track and enjoyed the warm air and the fresh air. I was so glad I decided to run. It took about a mile to warm up and not feel stiff/achy, but once I warmed up the running was fantastic and I didn’t want to stop.

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After running for about 30 minutes I decided to head back home and I had planned on doing some ab work and some yoga stretches. When I got to our street I saw Michael walking Bella up the street so I ended up joining them for their walk as my cool-down. Here was the walk:

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It was still nice out but the clouds were rolling in. The three of us walked around the neighborhood and then headed back home. I skipped the ab work and instead just did stretches. Here’s my calorie count:

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421 calories, 3.05 miles run. I stretched and cleaned up and then Michael and fixed a quick dinner of leftovers (pork tenderloin, asparagus, cottage cheese and some polenta). It was a low calorie dinner but filling. I iced my knees to be safe, since I’m used to treadmill running right now, and we relaxed.

I’m excited about the 5k’s I signed up for. My mistake with choosing Gabriel Park last year was that it was ALL HILLS. The ones I picked for this summer, thankfully, are more flat. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I am hoping I can run most of the 5k’s and not walk as much as I did last year. We’ll see. I hope the weather stays nice so I can continue to train outside! The rain is back now, so who knows!