race day

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!

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!