Last year, after running the 2013 Hot Chocolate 5K, I set a running goal for 2014 to run three 5K’s and a 15K. Last weekend, I finished the 2014 Hot Chocolate 15K, and in doing so, surpassed my running goal!
As you all know, I am affected by AEC Syndrome, and I don’t sweat properly. Running isn’t always easy, but it id definitely worth it! On hot days and on longer runs, I have to run with water because I can’t count on the water stations being where I need them to be if I start to overheat. I use a CamelBak Hydration Pack.
The temperature difference between this year and last year was just amazing. Last year I was in layers and couldn’t feel my feet or butt for the first mile of the 5K. This year, I wore a light jacket with regular running pants and a moisture wicking shirt. I peeled off my jacket by the end of mile 2 and ran the other 7.2 miles in short sleeves.
I developed a “stitch” in the arch of my right foot and had to walk a half mile between the 8 mile mark and 8.5 miles. I still don’t know f it was an oxygenation issue or a bunch in my sock, or what. It resolved, though, and I ran the rest of the way to the finish line.
Wanna know something awesome? I set three personal records in that one race! Check it out!
I set a new PR and ran my fastest 5K at 42:06, which is an average pace of 13:33 minutes/mile. My best official 5K tprior to this was 45:19, so I shaved 3:13 off my 5K run.
I set a new PR and ran my fastest 10K at 1:25:51, which is an average pace of 13:49 minutes/mile. My last 10K in Novemeber, The Skippo, was a 1:32:02 run, so I shaved 9:11 off my 10K run.
I set a new PR and ran my fastest 15K at 2:11:39., which is an average pace of 14:08 minutes/mile. Since this was my first ever 15K, and it’s officially my longest distance run thus far, I would have PR’d even if I crawled. But I didn’t crawl.
As you can see, I stink at pacing and need to work on that. I would like to finish the last 5K faster than the first 5K, and yet it was a full 35 seconds slower per mile. Guess I’ll be adding some negative splits into my training. Fun.
Check out my other runs from this year…
- The Color Run 5K
- I Love Forest Park 5K
- Flat as a Pancake 5K
- Huxman Run 2 Sweat 5K Virtual Run
- The Skippo Trail Race 10K
Did you see that? That’s four 5K’s and a 10K in addition to the 15K. My goal was three 5K’s and the 15K. Boom.
Speaking of goals, next on my list is a half marathon.
What are your health and/or fitness goals?