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319. Habitat for Humanity 5K Race Recap or the Biggest Running Lesson I’ve Learned to Date

I was planning to tell you about the awesome way I’ve been incorporating strength training lately.  I had the post all written and ready to post.  Then something incredible happened…something I never expected.  I ran the inaugural Northwest Indiana Habitat for Humanity 5K.  Well, okay, I actually expected to run the race since my friend and I had discussed it a month earlier, but what I didn’t expect was another 5K PR and a first place ribbon to boot!

Seriously, who am I?

I went from not being able to touch my very first 5K time to shaving a full 2 minutes off of it!  I finished the Habitat 5K in 27:30.  My Garmin did come up a bit short on distance (3.05 miles), but my official time matched.  A 5K in less than 28 minutes?!  I think it’s safe to say item 75 on my Mission 101 has seriously and officially been checked off.  The funny thing is when I set that goal, I was expecting to have to do some serious speed work training if I wanted to actually achieve it, but more on that in a bit. 

I’m still kind of shocked about the whole thing.  The course was much hillier than I’m used to.  These weren’t major hills, but it was a pretty consistent up and down.  And let’s face it, I run in Chicago where the closest thing we have to hills are viaducts.   Plus the course was two laps around the Lake County Fairgrounds which meant each hill had to be tackled twice!  It wasn’t until about half way through the second lap that I really started to feelthe hills or the pace at which I was moving. 

Truthfully, I have a pretty good idea of why my running has been so top notch lately.  For the first time since I started running, and training for that first 5K, my running has been incredibly consistent.  I’ve been running three days a week nearly every.single.week.  I’ve been upping my distance in consistent intervals.  I’ve had overall kickass half marathon training. 

I’m sure the aforementioned increase in strength training has helped, but what I’ve really come to realize is when it comes to running, consistency is key.  You don’t need to kill yourself trying to go further or faster.  If you stay consistent it will come…or at least it did for me. 

Now if only I could figure out why it took me two years to figure all that out.

Oh and about that ribbon.  I came in first in my age group (25 – 29).  It was a tiny race with about 60 people told and only 2 or 3 others in my agen group, but I was so shocked when I found out I was first.  When my friend told me my response was “No shit!?!  Are you sure?”  I haven’t gotten a first place ribbon since I squit swim team so I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

288. Race Report: Fleet Feet Chicago’s Women’s 5K & 10K Presented by New Balance

Two weeks ago I ran my very first 10K race: the Fleet Feet Chicago’s Women’s 5K and &10K presented by New Balance.  Obviously with two half marathons under my belt, I’m not stranger to 6.2 miles, but this was my first official 10K race.  I was actually supposed to run this race last year as part of my half marathon training, but due to break-up induced slacking, I ended up bailing on last year’s race. 

While being a slacker was my primary skipping the race last year, heat was another factor.  Boy, I should have sucked it up and run the race last year because the heat this year was miserable.  I was a soaking wet, sweaty mess by the end of the race, but I had a great time!

The more races I run, the more I realize just how much I really hate big races.  This definitely made me a bit…nervous? hesitant? relucant?  I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to enjoy myself.  However, as far as big races go, this one was really enjoyable!  The race took place at Montrose Harbor which is a pretty common race site in Chicago.  I was a little concerned the course wouldn’t be big enough for the number of people running, but for the most part, it was spacious enough to accommodate the number of runners.  There was plenty of water and Gatorade available during the race, and even more popsicles at the end! 

Start Line

My friend Jenn and I planned to run the race together.  I definitely run faster than her, but with the heat, it was nice to have someone to slow me down a bit!  Truthfully, 90% of the time, I would rather run slower with a friend than run faster alone.

Girl Can Women's 10K Finish

We didn’t really stick around for the post-race festivities since it was so hot, and we were both sweaty messes, but it seemed awesome.  There was a TRX setup I wanted to try, but the overwhelming urge to get home and shower won out over my desire to try TRX.

My official finishing time was 1:31:13.  This is definitely slower than I would have finished if a) it hadn’t been a gazillion degrees outside and b) I had been running alone, but I’m perfectly content with that time since I was never planning to run for time in this race.  Plus, I look forward to setting a PR at my next 10K race!

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