5k

Columbia Park 5k

On Sunday I ran a 5k and had my second best time ever! Friday was a rest day, Saturday I went swimming, and then Sunday I got up fairly early with Logan and had breakfast. Two fried eggs and a piece of gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread a friend made with cream cheese on top. So delicious! Coffee and iced tea, too.

I drove to Columbia Park, which is in a nice area of North Portland. Lots of old craftsman-style houses. The 5k was part of the Portland Parks and Rec 5K Series that I do every year. This was my first time running Columbia Park.

When I arrived, the sprinters were already running. The winner was a kid who ran the 5k in 17 minutes!!!! Holy smokes!

The winner and the 2nd place winner:

I stretched and walked around to warm-up and then got ready for the race! It was a nice morning. A bit overcast but a perfect temperature. Just under 70 degrees.

We all gathered in the center of the park for the start. There were a lot of people there–lots of families, too. I’m really hoping that Logan can run the kid’s 1k next year.

The race started and we looped through the park. The route was twice around the park. I much prefer that to having to do it three times. That just feels daunting–even if it’s the same distance. The park was pretty with lots of old, very tall trees. The other nice part is that it was entirely flat. There were no hills at all.

My goal was to run the entire loop once before taking a walk break and I made it. I ran the first loop without walking in 16 minutes. I think it was about 1.5 miles or so.

There was a good mixture of running on dirt, sidewalk paths, and grass.

I took a 20 second walk break and then was back at it. I felt pretty good. I wasn’t fast but I was steady. My legs, unfortunately, felt really hot and sore –like I had to REALLY push it to run. But I did it, I pushed through it and told myself that I didn’t need to walk.

The second time around the park was a little easier. My legs felt more warmed up and I only took one more short walk break. Then I saw the finish line. I wanted to take another walk break but I could see it was about a quarter mile away so I just pushed it with all I had for the last little bit and crossed the finish line!

At the finish line I got some water, half a banana and a few mini protein bars, stretched and then went home. It was a great race!

 

34 minutes is my second best 5k time. The first race I ever did, the Run Like Hell 5k, I did it in 31 minutes (that seems crazy now). Usually the 5k’s I do are around 36-38 minutes. So I’m very happy with my time! And the first mile of the race was my fastest mile in a VERY long time. 😀

Home to shower, eat lunch (salad with beans, crackers with goat cheese and another small piece of zucchini bread), foam roll and then a glorious nap!

The Full Loop

I wish I could remember when the last time it was that I ran the full loop on the waterfront. I don’t know if I documented it on here, but I’m guessing it was about 5-6 years ago. Last week I ran part of the loop. This week I got to run the full thing! I felt so happy and accomplished afterwards.

Don’t mind the derpy photo! I was trying to get a photo of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that are now in full bloom on the waterfront. They are one of my favorite trees.

It was supposed to be 60+ degrees. But by the time I was ready to run, the sun was out and it was a chilly 50 degrees. I wore my running sweater but after about 10 minutes, I didn’t need it and took it off. It was a gorgeous sunny day for a run.

Here is a photo of me crossing the Steel Bridge:

And across the river:

Once I got across the river, I did some run/walk intervals. My left knee was bugging me slightly but it wasn’t too terrible. This time I ran across the Hawthorne Bridge instead of cutting it short like last time.

After my run last week, I ordered a running belt on Amazon.I was having an issue trying to figure out where to put my work badge so I could get back into the building. But I didn’t have pockets big enough. This was the first time I ran with a belt. I didn’t particularly like it–if you don’t have a muffin top, you will wearing a running belt!!–but it did work pretty well. And it stayed in place, too, so that’s a plus.

It was such a nice day out, I didn’t want to go back into the office. I walked the last few blocks to work and then went to the gym to foam roll and stretch.

I showered and then was back at my desk to eat my sad frozen meal for lunch. It’s the quickest and easiest thing on days I run outside because I use my full lunch hour for the run/stretch/shower.

Here are my stats:

I’ve been noticing that my run pattern seems to be: fastest mile is the first mile. Probably because I can run for about 1 to 1.5 miles without having to take a walk break and towards the end of the run I take more walk breaks. Oh well, I’m not trying to beat any records. Maybe my own. 😉

Last night I took a hot bath with epsom salts to hopefully stave off the soreness from my run (it seemed to help) and slept SO good that night. I love running outside.