Happy first day of Winter!
This morning I ran the Winter Solstice Virtual 5K, hosted by Kristen who blogs at Run Away With Me.
This was my very first virtual race and it was so much fun! I found it to be a no pressure, laid back kind of run since I didn’t have to wake up at the asscrack of dawn to be at the start line (not that I dislike that ;). Nope, Tyler and I woke up around 7am, took the dogs for a long walk then donned my Hokas and headed out to the neighborhood to run 3.1 glorious miles.
This run was more than just a fun 5K to me, this was a test to see where I was fitness/running-wise after taking 7 weeks off for an injury. This was my first real run (not just run/walking) since August. So that said, I went in with a very conservative goal pace of sub-35 minutes, unsure if I would have to take a walk break. Secretly, I wanted to see sub-30 minutes (spoiler alert–sub-30 happened!).
We ran around the neighborhoods of Kiln Creek, which is a perfect 3.26 mile loop on asphalt.
We started off at a 9:30s pace and held it until hitting mile three and feeling good, so I decided to speed up my pace just a bit. We dipped into a neighborhood to finish to avoid running on the concrete sidewalk (ouch!). As usual, when my Garmin hit 3 miles and I only had 0.1 to go, my finishing kick exploded and it was an all out sprint to the finish.
I finished in 29 minutes, 11 seconds and I was so excited to have gone sub-30, with negative splits!
Mile 1 9:38
Mile 2 9:35
Mile 3 9:12
Final 0.1 7:28!!
I was so happy I jumped for joy and likely looked like a crazy person to the people who lived in the surrounding homes.
So now that I am able to run a 5K with ZERO shin pain, now I know I am ready to start training for my 2015 races! Thank you Kristen for hosting, looking forward to doing it again next year!
Have you ever participated in a virtual race?