On Saturday, I ran in the 14th annual Frosty 5K on Peoria's riverfront. A 5K is 3.1 miles, right? And yet my Garmin ended up with 17... I was an over zealous runner who signed up for a race on a day that I should have been focusing on a 17 mile long run. You know, for that little thing called the Marathon. So I did the next most sensible thing and ran them together.
|~Sunrise over the riverfront~|
The reward for starting early...
you get views like this!
After crossing the bridge twice (beautiful views but working elevation!), we looped into downtown Peoria. I wasn't 100% sure where the race was, so I wanted to check it out. Plus I was a moron and forgot to pick up my race packet the previous day (first timer?). We saw someone dressed up in a snowman costume in the middle of the street, waving to cars. Yup, that's the place! So we all ran by and gave Frosty a high five. My friends were nice enough to wait while I ducked inside to pick up my race bib.
|KO and I with Frosty before the race|
It was a small race, but impressive turnout for how cold it was outside. Obviously, I wasn't racing this one for a time goal. Who does a 10 mile warmup, right? We had been running a leisurely pace over the morning. KO and I stuck together and ran the race course (again), but now we dialed it down to a 9:46 avg pace for the 5k. Not too shabby.
Official Chip Time - 30:18
We came through the finish line without even a pause. We just kept on running! 4 more miles... until 17. It ended up being a really nice long run that went by quick. Maybe since the miles was broken up and I saw so many people I knew along the way. My overall pace wasn't too bad either... 17 miles in 3:01 (10:38 avg). The best part is that the next day, I felt great! I foam rolled, did yoga and even an hour of Spinning. I can't remember the last time I felt so good after a long mileage run. It was a stark contrast to last weekend and a pleasant surprise.
Technically, this is my first of #13in2013 -- although I plan on making that 13 races of longer distance (10K and up). We'll see how the year goes...