Race Report- Riverton 4th of July 5k
I knew for a while that my July race would be a 5k on the 4th of July, since there are so many to choose from near me. I decided on Riverton because it is a cute little town, not too far and it was only $15! They have a HUGE parade post 5k (like, the whole entire town goes, plus towns around it) so I was expecting some decent spectating. I also liked that there was a portion along the river since I knew it would likely be hot.
Pre-Race: Met up with some friends, who were also racing and got some photos. It was about as hot as expected and I was not feeling it at all. Got to the line and figured it is what it is…
Race: I think feeling hateful prior to a run actually works for me! As soon as we took off, I felt great, despite sweating like a pig three seconds into it. I knew I was moving and when I saw my first mile pace, I thought it would be possible to have a post-accident PR. My fastest 5k to date has been the Sea Isle 5k back in February, so I have been chasing that for a few months. The second mile was a hill…and I mean, for a loonnnnggggg time. So much hill…until suddenly we were on a incline. A hill on a hill? Yes, that was happening. I wanted to stop…I wanted to be done…but I was really running well and also just wanted to be finished! As I headed onto the street where I could clearly see the finish line, I knew I had the PR! I hit the finish at 31 minutes on the dot!
Post-Race: Water, bananas, kids mile fun run, more food and the parade. Left pretty quick though because I needed more food, so I went to breakfast with a friend and skipped the parade!
When I started running again, I wasn’t sure I would ever get back under a 30 minute 5k. However, I now think that I could possible do it. I will have a few opportunities in the fall, so I have been working hard on my speed work. I have been pretty happy with my running this year, being that I have only been cleared from my accident for a little over a year. This time last summer, I was starting over with a couch to 5k program. Now I am gearing up for my second half-marathon in 5 months time.
Next up: Queen of the Hill Triathlon, relay. I am the swimmer, of course!