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 pt was subfreezing temps, and I was in layers and couldn't feel my feet or butt for the first mile of the 5K. This year it was about 45F at the race start, and close to 47 by the end. 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. :D
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?