chapman 5k

by @according2kelly on November 14, 2011

chapman-5klast year’s chapman 5k was my first 5k – ever. don’t mis-understand me, it wasn’t my very first race ever. (i had already completed a few triathlons, ran a half marathon or two, & finished an entire marathon.) but, it was the first time i had raced a 5k.

& after this year’s race, i can now proudly say that i have completed two 5k’s.  although, i have to admit – i’ve decided that 5K’s really aren’t my “thing.”

honestly, running a 5k is probably the hardest race, i’ve ever experienced. i know, i know – it sounds totally silly. how could a 5k (3.1 miles) be harder than a half marathon or even a full marathon?! the reason is simple – because running a 5k is damn hard.

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when running a 5k there’s no time to ease into the race slowly; there’s no time to really warm up; there’s no time to set a pace.

when running a 5k, if you don’t feel like dying the entire time, you obviously aren’t running fast enough.

when running a 5k, it’s a full-on-out-sprint for 3.1 miles.

unlike most other races, you have accept the fact that feeling totally & completely out-of-breath by the 3/4 mile mark is totally normal. that middle mile is literally hell, because you’re struggling by this point & you’re not even half way done. & then, in just a matter of minutes, the entire race is over.

while this year’s race found me sick , which caused a mid-race asthma attack, i still managed to shave over 3 minutes off of last year’s time, resulting in a new PR of 21 minutes & 12 seconds.

but even better than a brand new, bright & shiny PR? running the chapman 5k with literally dozens of my sisters in sparkle. that’s right, team sparkle invaded the chapman 5k.

everywhere on the race course  were women in sparkle… there women were ages 6 – 60, wearing sparkle skirts. there were women who made it on the podium, wearing sparkle skirts. & there were women, who had just barely started running, wearing sparkle skirts.

it didn’t matter that most of us didn’t know each other, we were all part of the team.

chapman 5K by the numbers:

* 6th place in my age division
* 18th place overall female
* 110th place overall (men & women)
* 21 min & 12 seconds total 5K time
* 6: 50 pace

 

58 comments
Terry Miller
Terry Miller

I feel the same way you do about 5ks. I read the other day that the difference between a 5k and a marathon is that in a marathon, when you get to 15 miles you think "I'm starting to feel a little tired". In a 5k, when you get to 15 minutes you think "I'm about to have a stroke." Very appropriate, I thought.

Cheryl
Cheryl

Amazing! Congratulations.

Leaza in Denver
Leaza in Denver

Congrats on beating your personal best! Yes, 5Ks are exhausting. I've only ran a few of them...but it's a painful 30 minutes for sure. :) Stopping by from SITS....

Justine Duppong
Justine Duppong

WOW, you are one tough chicka! Kudos to the women in sparkle! There's nothing more beautiful than a strong woman :)

Courtney
Courtney

WoW!! Congrats to you! I just did my first 5k's this summer (and my first races). I wan't even close to your times, but I'm getting the feeling you're a trie runner. :)

Kavuli
Kavuli

Well done! 6th in your age group is pretty awesome. Keep up the good work. PS - What's on your knees in the picture of you running?

Favourite Vintage Finds
Favourite Vintage Finds

Congrats on your race results and congrats on your SITS Day too! Best wishes to you! :)

Claudia
Claudia

Wow how awesome !!!!

Sheryl
Sheryl

Well, I must say that I will never ask you to do a 5k with me. You'd be crossing the finish line and I'd still be back at mile 1.5, gasping for breath and wondering why I had the foolish notion that I might someday call myself a runner! :-) Kudos to you on your 5k AND on your SITS day. I enjoyed getting to know you a little bit here, and can't wait to read more!

Sara
Sara

Happy sits day and Congratulations! I really want to run a 5k one day.

misssrobin
misssrobin

Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it was a fun day for you. I can't think of anything better than sparkling while you're running!

Melissa
Melissa

Happy SITS day! I love the colors of your blog! I ran my first 5K last summer. And that was my first race ever! It was a total adrenaline rush! I thought that I was going to need oxygen at the end though! I would love to do another someday! Congrats on your 5k!

Mandy
Mandy

Awesome!! Congrats - I think the sparkle skirt made you really fast!!!

Ann
Ann

It is fast compared to me! My 5K average is around 27 min, but I haven't been running for long too. Half-marathon and full marathon is still a dream to me, but before my 30's I'm going to do it (but it's scary there's not much time left).

Ronni
Ronni

Wow. See, I would have thought the 5K was WAY easier. But that may be because I didn't know you had to sprint for a 5K. I thought you could mosey along like you do in a marathon. Runners. You guys are something else. I prefer more low impact exercise. I admire you.

Liz
Liz

I would have never thought a 5K was more difficult than a half-marathon but really makes sense. Way to go!

Jane
Jane

Running ANYTHING is amazing to me! I find running...well,....exhausting. You go, girl!

No Drama Mama
No Drama Mama

Oh, no, you just crushed me! I keep telling myself to go for a 5k, because it's not like it's a marathon or something! And then you come along and say it's harder. Ack. I think I will keep my butt firmly on the couch. That skirt does make the idea tempting, though...

Eva Gallant
Eva Gallant

Happy Sits day! Enjoy the spotlight!

Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri
Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

Happy SITS Day! Your pace is great. Congrats! I love running too and there is nothing like achieving your personal best on race day.

Alicia
Alicia

I love it! Happy SITS day! I just did a 5K in August and we were all in Tutu's so I totally get you! HAve a fantastic day!

SarahK
SarahK

OMG...sparkle skirts. I HATE running...but I think I can hang with a 5k in a sparkle skirt. This is awesome.

Kimberly
Kimberly

Happy SITS day! I love the sparkle :)

Sara
Sara

Just stopped over from SITS. Congrats on your day and your 5K. It's my goal to hit up a 10K one of these days :)

Sela Toki
Sela Toki

Have a super duper SITS day. I wish I can run like you. I can waddle and that's about it. LOL. Checking out the rest of you blog.

almostsinglemom
almostsinglemom

holy sheep lady! that is one HECK of a time! I am happy with 10 minutes over that! Wow!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Congratulations on your 5k and your SITs Day! I live very near Chapman University so you were running my neighborhood. Next time wave as you go by and maybe I'll have a snack for ya!

Keeping Up-To-Date
Keeping Up-To-Date

Amazing! Congratulations on your 5k. They probably would be carrying me off if I tried to run it. Love the sequins. We should never forget a little bling. :) Happy SITS Day!

Positively Alene
Positively Alene

Happy SITS Day! Girl - you go. How inspiring, fast, crazy, ad fun. Love your creative world here.

Tinsel & Tine
Tinsel & Tine

It's so great you can go in any direction with your blog! It must really free you up for creative ideas for posts. Happy SITS DAY!

Bella
Bella

Wow! Great run! Happy sits day too! I love your header!

Craftwhack
Craftwhack

Happy S Day! You are so awesome and impressive- loving your site.

Amber
Amber

Happy SITS Day to you! I'm impressed about the 5K. I'd probably keel over.

Allison
Allison

Happy SITS Day! Enjoy!

Marie cole
Marie cole

Go "Team Sparkle", that is awesome! :)

Tere
Tere

Visiting from SITS

LisaDay
LisaDay

Happy SITS day. Running just isn't my thing but people who do so impress me. LisaDay

Sorta Southern Single Mom
Sorta Southern Single Mom

Good for you! I'm in awe! I've never run a race and haven't run a lick in about two years, but way back when, I was happy to "run" a 9 minute mile and you clocked 6:50! I am going to go vomit now! :) Oh, and Happy SITS Day!

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