So, I had a great time at my alumni 5k this morning. After a night of tossing and turning, I was so nervous I could not sleep, I was up at 4:45 am to get ready for the road. After a cup of coffee, I was on the road by 5:30 and made it to NOLA by 6:30 to meet my former teammates.
The race was held at Lafraniere park outside of New Orleans. It was a grassy course with some small hills. Nothing major but enough to tire you out. After a warm-up, some laughs, fun pictures, and reminiscing, we were off to start the 5k at 8:00.
My Garmin splits got messed up, but I finished the race in 20:35 which was approximately at 6:38 mile pace. After the first mile, my legs felt dead and I was so tired and ready to quit, but I gutted through this race and finished 12th overall.
It was great to catch up with my old teammates. And while I’m happy I got to run this race, I have decided that I’m not particularly fond of 5k races any more. They are quick but they are also fast and painful! My friend Sean and I had a discussion about this. He loves to race but hates the training process. I’m the opposite, I love to run, to put the miles in, to get up each day and log some distance. But when it comes to races, I’m a complete nervous wreck. Part of me knows how painful racing can be. It is all guts and glory. And while I happily took on the challenge for my high school and college years, I’m happy now just to enjoy having time to run. But hey, if I can still run a sub 21k 5k, I feel pretty good about that.
So, I think I’ll focus on some longer runs the rest of the fall/winter. Here are just a few I’m looking into:
10/15 – Forge Trail 5 miler
10/29 – Jazz Half Marathon
12/4 – Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon
1/15 – Louisiana Half Marathon