One of the ladies (Michelle) at our church rents out space to have Zumba classes several times a week. The Zumba class partners with our church every year to run the Shirley Mae 5k.
The Shirley Mae 5k raises money to help families who have been affected by breast cancer. This cause is very near and dear to our group as several ladies we know have had this cancer.
The church had bought 25 t-shirts for the team. Michelle informed me last week that she had my shirt. I was confused…I hadn’t signed up for the race due to my ongoing pelvis issues. After talking it over with my husband (and running 5 miles on Monday) we decided that I should run the race.
The 5 miles that I had run on Monday were a little shocking. You see I haven’t been running much. It just hurts too much. But that 5 miles?? Somehow I ran the segment of circle over 2 bridges to Ocean City and back the fastest that I’ve ever run it. I looked at the Strava course PR and thought how did that happen?? It wasn’t super fast at a 9:01 pace but certainly not the 9:45s that I have been running. I had gotten a new pair of shoes (NB Beacons) that have more cushion than my NB Zantes so maybe they helped??
The night before the race was a beautiful day. My son and I decided to hit a restaurant that had an outside deck. While there I told him how frustrated I was that every test that I’ve had on my pelvis shows nothing– no stress fracture, no weird female issues and only a small labrum tear that has been there since I tore my hamstring.
I said since apparently nothing is wrong with me I’m just going to go for it tomorrow. Smart, right? I had no idea what I would be able to run, but I wanted to just go. Not hold back. I’m so tired of my body hating me.
My husband, my friend’s husband and I arrived at the Atlantic City boardwalk nice and early to pick up our bibs.
It was very sunny and warm…like way warmer than I had expected! I suddenly regretted wearing the non-breathable pink Nike tank.
Trainers from the gym that I go to led a warm up stretch session that lasted less than 5 minutes. Thankfully I had stretched A LOT while waiting for the race to start.
From running this race last year I learned that it is not super competitive so I lined up much closer to the start line than I normally would. A beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was sung and then we were off!
I tried not to go out too hard but when I checked my watch I was running 7:30s. Oh boy. I was pretty sure that was much too fast. I tried backing off the pace. I was passing as many people as were passing me. The 1st mile clicked off in 7:48. I’m 99.99% sure that I haven’t run a mile in the 7s since tearing my hamstring. Yippee!!
I was really getting hot. I skipped the water stop at mile 1 and kept moving to the turn around. As I went around the turn I knew we’d be running into the wind. Ugh. It wasn’t terrible but it was noticeable. As I approached the water stop around mile 2 I grabbed a cup and drizzled the water down the front and back of my shirt. Not sure it helped much.
Mile 2: 8:04
As the course was an out and back I was seeing everyone from our team coming the other way. It was a lot of fun to give a little wave and grunt. No yelling or screaming out names because I was busy trying not to die.
With a mile left I was thinking just don’t stop. You got this! And the next thing I knew I was walking. Boo!!! After about 10 breaths I got my shizzle back together and picked up the pace.
My form was going to crap 💩 and my stupid left calf (connected to the dumb hamstring) was hurting. I knew I had less than 10 minutes and then I could be done.
Mile 3: 8:19
I wavered between feeling like I was going to puke and being okay. When I approached the finish line the clock said 24:5x. Seeing the possibility of going sub 25 gave me a boost. I turned on the very little bit of jets I had left.
.1 @ 8:00 pace
I grabbed a water bottle from a volunteer and made my way through all the volunteers that were crowded around the end. I’m beating that they would’ve moved out of my way quicker if they knew I was trying not to 🤮!!
I cheered the rest of the team in.
I finished with a 24:56.Winning my AG, (bettering my time from last year by 50 seconds) and being 6th OA female (very non competitive race).
At home my son asked if 24:56 was close to my PR. After checking Athlinks I found my 5k PR is a 24:01. I really have no idea how I ran a time 50 seconds off of my PR with very little actual running in my training. My 2nd fastest 5k ever!
I’ve done rowing, stairclimbing, biking, lifting, but actual running I’ve only been doing once or twice a week.
So what gives?? How did I run that time? And don’t get me wrong I’m super excited about my time, but also super frustrated because I’d love to train for a fast 1/2. Ugh 😑.