Since I am on the last day of the 21 Day Fix, I decided not to mess with the program and just run the race using my meal plan. I had a quick bowl of steel cut oats and made it back to the school in time for the 8:00am start.
The course begins at Sobrato High, turns onto Burnett Avenue, then connects with the Coyote Creek Parkway Trail. The majority of the course is paved, except for the transition from road to trail - which consists of a small patch of true trail and a bit of gravel. Both the 5K and 10K are easy out-and-back courses, lined with fabulous Sobrato cheerleaders cheering runners along the way. I love this race, and not just because it supports the team my daughter cheers on. I love it because it's local, has a great course and because, frankly, our school doesn't do enough to support our cheer team. Our cheer coach has worked hard to put on this race for 3 years now, and I will continue to run it long after my daughter graduates high school.
So how well did I run this race? This is where it gets interesting. I had no idea how I would run this race. I had no idea what kind of shape I'd be in or how I'd be feeling. I just knew that it was a 5K, simple enough, with a course I love and am familiar with. Given the fact that I have just started training again, I expected to walk & to be winded.
Wrong. I started off running and I ran for 3 minutes straight. Then I rested for 1 minute. This may not be a big deal to you, but I haven't been able to run this kind of interval since early 2013. I have simply been too out of shape and lacked the endurance. I was caught by surprise and thought that surely I would be exhausted by mile 1. I expected to revert to my usual and safe 30 sec run / 30 sec walk interval to get me to the finish. Wrong again. I tell you, I am my own worst enemy.
Not only did I run this race at a 3 minute run / 1 minute walk interval, but I also finished in 39:34 - my 2nd fastest 5K time since 2012. Don't get me wrong, I realize I am not blazing fast, nor am I near my fastest pace - but I am back. I am back in the game! I enjoyed every single second of this race. I didn't get hot or thirsty or tired. I just ran and I smiled. I felt so good! I ran with negative splits and finished strong. The 21 Day Fix has done more than shred pounds, fat and inches - it's given me back my endurance!
Thanks so much to this amazing cheer team for cheering us on, and for keeping me running when I normally would have just walked! From the beginning of the race, to the course on the Coyote Creek Parkway and back - these girls, boy and mascot rocked it!
Like a true old school race, the top 3 male/female finishers of each race distance received medals and all finishers received ribbons. I was not a top 3 female finisher, but I was the 2nd 5K finisher in my age group. I am not sure how many of us there were (probably 2), but I'll take it. *insert wink and a smile*
All runners received a sweet tech tee with all of the race sponsors names & logos listed on the back, as well as the finisher ribbon. Everything was tucked into a neat reusable bag provided by The Running Shop in Morgan Hill.
If you haven't yet run the Bulldog Fun Run, I totally recommend it as a fun local race for a great cause! Keep an eye on the official race website for the 2015 race date. See you there!