last 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.
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