Redondo Beach 5K + Notes from Long Run #4

I don’t understand all those pre-race gear photos posted on instagram and facebook. Do people really lay their clothes out like that? I’m a pretty neat and tidy person, and this is what my pile of clothes looked like last night…

unnamedToday a few of us from RunMDR ran a 5K to test our speed. We all ran well, considering the hectic conditions. We started a good three minutes late and dodged strollers, costumes and walkers which is OK in a longer race, but in a 5K you have no time to waste. People were swerving like crazy, there was one guy who fell and was sitting in a huge puddle of water. It was like an adventure race. We were all hoping to run a sub-20, which is totally possible, but the start killed us.


Splits are below. That first mile messed it up 😦


Despite the obstacles, the race was REALLY fun. There is something invigorating about running as fast as you can for 3 miles. I felt really strong, and my form felt good throughout. I didn’t get that awful sprinting chest pain or feeling like I was going to throw up. When the pain started to kick in, I was almost done. Also going to rub it in that I beat all the RunMDR boys. Always fun to beat the boys, and they love being competitive 🙂 They usually kill me at 800s on the track. Unfortunately there is drama with my finish time. When I went to to go check out my results after the race they were missing. It was like I never ran the race. I’ve never had my chip not read. I told the organizers and gave them my time, but when online results came up they randomly assigned me a time of 21:11. Yeah, still first in my age group, but not my time. After a bit more investigating I’m thinking they gave me that time because it was one second after the third overall female. They probably didn’t want to strip her of her third overall finish. Annoying! I don’t even care about my place, I just want my time right. AAANNNYWAYS, I guess it just means I need to run another 5K to redeem myself. I know I was second overall so I guess that’s all that matters, right? I’m still bothered when I see the results online. Has that happened to anyone else? Ellen had a great race and an automatic PR because this was her first 5K ever. We’re excited to run them more frequently and get better at the art of the 5K. Part of it is showing up on time 🙂

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This shouldn’t bother me, right? I run for me..not for a stupid results website. 

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I was supposed to run 18 miles today with a three mile pace, so the 5K worked out well. Ellen, Ash and I ran down the beach path back home to finish up our mileage for the day. Here’s how it went…

Saturday Dinner: Bratwurst with Pretzel Buns. They are so good! Get them at Whole Foods.

Saturday Sleep: 7 hours. Not good. Woke up twice with stomach issues. Won’t give you any details.

Pre-Race Breakfast: Granola, half a banana, some water. I felt kinda nauseous but eating helped.

Post-Race Snack: Clif bar, half a banana, some water, trail mix from the expo.

Long Run Fuel: Honey Stinger Pink Lemonade Chews

Long Run Hydration: Water fountains. It was HOT on the way home.

Long Run Outfit: Lululemon shorts, lulu swiftly tee, target sports bra, lulu socks, forgot my visor.

Post-Run Snack: Big bowl of oatmeal and getting ready to go to Alaina’s Super Bowl Partay

How Did It Feel: I actually ran all 18 today. I was thinking of maybe just doing 15, but I’m glad I did the whole thing. I was tired at the end. It was hot but I told myself, if I can run a 5K and run 15 miles in the sun I’ll be more prepared for a possible wall at the marathon. I’m also not sure how I feel about the chews. My stomach was all messed up from racing then running again, and stomach issues last night so I’m going to give them another try.

Other Notes: I did my 20 minute strengthening routine today. I am getting BACK on the bandwagon with that.

Other important news…

Marta also ran the Surf City Half today in 1:36. She is getting so speedy!!!!

I also am going to write a post on Sunday meal prepping. It’s saved me SO much time during the week. Two portions of Asparagus Mint Pistachio Pesto is ready to go! Just need to boil the pasta.


AND, I am super excited to order this!!!