The funny thing about recapping a 5K is that the race itself is so short that you start to wonder what there really is to say about it to fill up a post.
Not this time! I have a story.
Everything was going smooth. I got to Syosset-Woodbury Park a little less an hour before the Blue Ribbon Run For Prostate Cancer 5K race was scheduled to start.
Parked my car, used a park bathroom, and ran a warm up. Maybe a little over a mile? Not sure, I didn’t even check.
^ My son used to play on this playground when he was little! I loved taking him to this park.
It was low 30’s with sunshine. I was not cold after my warm up and certainly not cold because I had my mittens on. Oh yeah, I found my missing Lululemon fluffover mitten! Remember yesterday when I said I couldn’t find it?! It had been missing since last winter BUT I just knew it had to be somewhere. I opened my drawer nice and slow and said, okay, you just have to be in here. And it was. These are the best running mittens ever, I don’t know why they stopped selling them. I’ve had them over four years now.
We lined up on schedule, I was sort of close to the front.
My plan was to start Runkeeper on my phone right when the race began and then quickly put my phone in the zippered pocket in my jacket. No big deal, right? I’ve done this a million times.
Well, the race started, I already had the music on, hit Runkeeper, and the next thing I knew, MY PHONE FELL.
My phone fell right on the ground, in the middle of the pack at the start of the race!
OMG. I KNOW.
While I still don’t know how long this whole situation lasted, I stopped running and pulled off to the left, saw the phone, saw the people stepping on my phone, heard a person saying someone’s phone fell, and in that split second, I jumped in to grab it, realizing I could get stepped on by a stampede of runners.
A few runners did knock into me and I was like, listen I need to get my phone!
My guess is that I lost 20 seconds? Maybe more? Maybe less? I don’t know. I stuck my phone quickly in my pocket, zipped it up and started running again.
I didn’t even have time to figure out starting up the music again. At this point I didn’t even know if Runkeeper was still on or if my phone was broken!
I definitely made up some ground (I think?) as I was passing people and just running. I NEVER run without music and certainly not without music in a race so this was a first for me!
it was only going to be for 20 something minutes so I figured it wouldn’t be a deal breaker.
It was weird though. I heard my breathing! I never hear my breathing.
I can’t really say that running without my usual music affected my pace much. Maybe it would have helped me in the middle mile? I don’t even know. I was pretty much in line with my usual paces.
So my paces. I don’t understand the first mile. It clocked in at 7:18 according to Runkeeper. Does that mean I was technically under 7 minutes since I stopped running and the phone was on the ground for several seconds at first? We will never really know anything for sure.
I didn’t feel as though I went that fast during that first mile but I guess that I did. The mile 1 time clock said the same thing (it either said 7:14 or 7:18 – I can’t remember).
By mile 2, I knew I slowed down. There were definitely inclines during mile 2, and for sure in mile 3. I wouldn’t totally call them hills. They were just inclines, some a little steeper than others but nothing horrendous and I looked forward to the downhills.
And then, just like that, the race was over.
I still don’t have an official time or a place. I keep checking the website and they were supposed to text me but never did.
It’s not like the official time is accurate anyway given I stopped for those seconds in the beginning AND they don’t have a gun and chip time. I hate when races don’t offer both!
I really was hoping to be 7:30 and under but what can I do. Mile 3 was slower than I would have liked.
The 5K is HARD. It just is. If I want to hold a certain pace properly for a 5K, I am going to have to train for it.
I am still a distance runner at heart. My half marathon pace is SO MUCH more comfortable, as it should be. A 5K pace (and a 10K pace) is fast and racing it is a challenge for me!
Not that I’m looking to run another half marathon any time soon. Sometimes I wonder how I ever ran those to begin with! Funny how things change. 🙂
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What would you have done if you dropped your phone or something else at the start of a race? Can you imagine jumping in to grab it with all the runners coming at you?!
How do you feel about the 5K?
Do you prefer warm weather or cold weather races?