I am working towards finishing my degree in nursing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. This week is homecoming and today they had a 5K/10K race. It was FREE for students, so I signed up.
Me with Cougar, sporting my Metro Tri Club shirt and #owenotter hat. #owenotter helped his Aunt Jen make it through the race today and every race that she had done this year. To find out more about Owen please go the the Blog of Kelly Burns Gallagher Someradnomthursday
It was a small race and of course I checked to see how many were racing in my age group 45-49, a total of 4 women. I knew right then and there that I would not be making the podium, but that was OK as I was running for me and to get better. There was a little bit of me hoping that I could get in the top 2, as they only gave awards out for the top 2 in your age group, but I digress.
It was really windy today and you were either running into the wind or it was pushing you. For me I was mostly running into the wind, what wonderful luck I have right? Things started out great, I was doing a great pace and feeling OK. My lateral quads were not liking me and no matter how much I stretched or was stretched they still did not like to be bothered about running this morning. I just told them to do their job and keep moving. I run on a 5:1 interval, run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute. It seems to work well for me. It is a good thing that my Garmin 910 can keep time and has a run/walk setting. I was going great and keeping a good pace in the mid 12’s. Which is really great for me!!
At about the 2 mile mark or so, I met up with Bob. I met Bob at our local running store, Run Well when I started the “Recliner to 5K” program that the owner Jenifer Schaller put on. I was running further and faster, but Jen helped me so much in getting my stride and breathing under control that I did not finish the class. Bob came to the class as a helper and we would run together at times during the class.
Bob and I ran most of the race together and walked at the same time. Until about the 7K mark. His shins started to brother him and he told me not to wait on him. I kept going, the it was the UP HILL climb back to the finish.
This was at the end of the UP HILL at 8K. My first action shot. Just as good as getting one running with both feet in the air.
All smiles and just about done and heading to the finish line.
All in all, I had a great race. I finished in 1: 18:13.3. I am very proud of my race today.
This race came 2 weeks after my first half marathon which I finished in 3:09:00
Now it is time to start thinking about next year and the races that I want to do. I have a few in mind, but really need to step up my swimming and biking to get to where I need to be. Also, need to start looking for a wet suit that I can use next season. Going to need it for the race in May and one in September that may be my first half iron distance race.