Laurelhurst 5k

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!

Sort of Race Day

Race Day!

The night before we tried to go to dinner at Apizza Scholls but there was over an hour wait just to get a table and it wasn’t even 5:30 yet. Man, I hate Portland restaurant lines. Seriously. I wish more restaurants would allow reservations. Who wants to stand in line that long? Not me. We went to Plan B instead–The Matador. It’s the restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner almost a year ago!

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There was no line, got a nice table outside immediately and it was much better experience. I got the enchiladas. They were really good–the rice and beans not so much so I didn’t eat much of them (the food is always great at Matador, not sure what happened this night but the rice was like overcooked or day-old or something. Dry and gross. No thanks.)

Sunday morning Michael and I got up early and went out to Laurelhurst Park for our 5k run! It was Michael’s first race. This was my 3rd 5k race and my 5th running race.

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It was a really nice morning! The sun was out, it was a little chilly in the shade but nice and warm in the sun and the perfect temperature for a race.

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Since my back injury last week, I went in to this race with no expectations. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to run it until Sunday morning. I took 5 days off from exercising, went to the chiropractor a few times, got a massage, went swimming Friday and did a light elliptical workout Saturday. I iced my back, I stretched. And then I just waited to see how I felt.

And I was feeling really good! I’d say my back injury was healed 95% by the time the weekend came. Michael was shocked at my “miraculous” recovery. I guess it was a pretty fast! And considering I could barely walk a week ago, I was really happy I was able to run some of my race!

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We got in line for the start. I knew Michael would be leaving me during the race, which was okay with me. He’s much faster than me and honestly I knew I’d be walking some of the race. Like I said, I wasn’t pushing myself or having high expectations.

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There were people of all ages, shapes and sizes running. Some were walking. There were families running together. I also saw a little kid running with his little sister, holding hands, and he was telling her to keep running. It was pretty cute.

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The race was through the park, mostly on the paved pathways but there was an uphill stretch on gravel. You did the trail three times to make it a 5k. I walked on the hills but for the most part I was jogging slowly and keeping an okay pace.

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My back was feeling great–no issues. My knees were feeling good, too. I did a little more walking on that third lap, but overall I’m happy with how I did.

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On the last lap I was feeling pretty good and managed to run the last half of it and cross the finish line! Michael was there waiting for me and he snapped a few pictures. 🙂 Here are my calories for the run:

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Michael was feeling okay but his shins and calves were sore from the hills (he ran the whole thing). I am glad I took it easy. Jogging and walking was okay with me. And my body wasn’t sore afterward.

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Finished! We got our finisher ribbons and then walked around a bit to cool off. There was water, free Luna bars (yum) and bananas. We hung around for a bit for the raffle but didn’t win anything and then we went home. I stretched, foam rolled my legs, did my back PT exercises and iced. I was feeling great!

Official Time

Michael’s Run Time: 29:18

Lisa’s Run Time: 39:41

I had a very lazy day after the race. I ran some errands (grocery shopping) and pretty much spent the rest of the day going between lounging in bed watching Netflix and working on the computer (also watching Netflix). I was SO TIRED. Body still felt great but I just couldn’t shake the fatigue. So I rested.

I have another 5k in about a month!