Yesterday, the 4th of July, I ran the Firecracker 5k put on by Potomac River Running Company. This is only the third 5k I have ever done and my first one out in Reston. I went on Tuesday night, battling traffic, to pick up my packet and to familiarize myself with the area, I wanted to know where I was going in the morning. The race shirt was great, a Nike shirt which I love, and I got a pint glass for being one of the first 800 to pick up my stuff (score).
I woke up on the 4th and left with plenty of time to get to the race, wearing the best red, white and blue running outfit I could find in my drawer. I had a friend running the race as well, but thought for sure I wouldn’t run into her and would be hanging out by myself until it started. Crazy enough I saw her drive past me in the parking garage and found her while we were hanging around before the start. It was great to see her since, let’s face it, I haven’t been going to my running group. I’ve come down with another injury (something I haven’t really told many people about because frankly I’m pissed) and I’ve been trying to recover.
For the first time I have been having IT band issues. It is sooo frustrating. I worked really hard to come back slow and smart from my strained quad in March. However, after my 14 mile run in mid-June I knew something was up. Since then I haven’t been running much and have instead been doing strengthening exercises, foam rolling and keeping in shape with 1-2 short runs/ week along with swimming and biking. I’m up to running 5 miles before I start to feel tightness in the area, which is progress.
Because of this, I didn’t have high hopes for my time in this 5k, but I wanted to have fun and see how felt on the run. It felt relatively cool at the start, but quickly the humidity took effect. I started out a little fast and knew quickly I wouldn’t be able to hold that pace. I slowed down and my legs felt great, but my stomach and breathing were clearly telling me I had not done speed work in a while. I just told myself I had to beat the young boy with a cast who was running near me and I would be happy 🙂
I ended up crossing the finish line with a time of 22.46 and beat my previous PR by 3.5 minutes! Woohoo! I was the 63rd woman to finish and 11th in my age group. I’ll take it!
Afterwards I hung around with my friend, Mandy for a while longer (she also had a great finish!) and then headed to the gym for a little cycling.
Now with my marathon training on hold, I am hoping to build up my miles sans injury to run the mini-marathon in Madison, August 18th and then we will see what happens after that.