Oh hey, I’m still here. The thought of writing any kind of blog entry lately has produced a big fat “pppppppppfffffff” from my brain, which is why I’ve been on hiatus for way too long. But yes, I’m still here. I’m still running. I’m still baby rearing. Even if I have less time to do the running portion of the equation (spoiler alert: baby #2 takes so much more work!). The Shades of Gray 5K is the 3rd race I’ve done since coming back into running post-partum. It’s also the best I’ve felt and run since Lucas made his appearance 4 months ago.
This race was to benefit Serving Our Seniors of Erie County, an organization that I’ve referred countless patients to and know provides invaluable services in the community to those 60+. Thus, game on. I arrived early enough to give myself a bit of warm-up time, as this race started over by Battery Park Marina in Sandusky. It was a 2 loop course of the downtown area and I’ve done several races in that vicinity before and it’s relatively flat. The weather wasn’t too bad, it was about 72 degrees and slightly humid at race time, but I was ready to do this thing. My 2 previous 5k’s had been pooptastic and I felt pooptastic during both–like I was running with sandbags for legs. This day, however, I felt like I had energy and some bounce in my step even during warm-up.
The race started promptly at 9:00 AM. It was a small turn-out, but hopefully that doesn’t deter the race from coming back next year, as it was well organized, had a cute shirt design and *bonus* pair of socks that came in the swag bag. We took off heading down Water Street and I quickly found myself in 2nd.
Like 2nd overall. In the whole race (small races throw me off big time when this happens). The lead male got slightly confused when we had to turn to head into our second loop during the course, so I felt like this did hurt my concentration and game plan for at least 1/2 mile prior to Mile 2, but I regrouped and kept pushing.
Mantra: Run EVEN. And I did. Mile 1 was around a 7:04. Mile 2 was around a 7:07. Mile 3 was around a 7:03. I finished the race in 21:43. 1st Female Overall and 7:00/mile avg pace.
The best part? I felt good. No sandbag legs. No heavy “everything hurts and I’m dying” breathing. No “I want to quit running because I just don’t have it anymore” feeling. I felt really good. It’s about gosh darn time!
I’m really hoping Shades of Gray comes back next year (so, race director, keep this thing together) because I am definitely marking it back on my race calendar!