The Mr. and I had a blast running the Humana 5K on Sunday! I told ya’ll a little bit about this race earlier and I’m so glad I signed us up when I did. The bib pick up was easy and we did it Saturday after my long run. Bib pick up was followed by delicious queso and chips and tacos from Bone Garden Cantina in west ATL. After lunch and bib pick up I made sure to get plenty of rest. I got in a solid 15 miler and didn’t know what to expect going into the race. I knew I would either use it as a recovery run or speed work depending on how I felt the morning of. We woke up early and I immediately turned on my keurig. We bought some banana bread the day before at Whole Foods so it was the perfect carb prerace breakfast. The race was held in beautiful Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown which is only about 20 minutes from our house. The race started at 8am so the sun was up. The temps were in the 50s and it was like an incredible glimpse into fall race season. This race got me really excited for my other fall races.
It was a wonderful turn out of folks! There were over 3,000 people in the park waiting for the gun to go off and a dynamic crowd. There were adults, children, new runners and running clubs. It was a beautiful sunny morning! The course was the perfect mix of hills and straightaways. After the first half mile or so I felt good and so the Mr. and I decided to keep up a good pace. I had the mapmyrun app set on my phone so I could check our pace. They didn’t have clocks set up through the course so I was glad to see how we were pacing. Once we hit mile 2 we kicked it up a notch and then sprinted for the last .2 of the race.
I was so thrilled with our race results! I have only done a handfuls of 5Ks, but I of course run the distance regularly. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out a PR! I absolutely prefer long distances, but it was nice to do something really different for a change. I did of course feel like I was going to vomit at the end because my legs were moving way too fast. I always feel like my organs get so jumbled from running this fast. The last bit really got me. Here’s our splits:
Mile 1: 11:13
Mile 2: 10:26
Mile 3: 10:48
Last bit: 8:21
Post race we headed to Highland Bakery in Old Fourth Ward since it was only 9:30am. We rarely go there because it’s always so busy, but it was early so we were happy to enjoy their tasty eats. I ordered the cowboy benedict which is a cheese quesadilla topped with poached eggs, corn relish and hollandaise with a side of black beans. We came home and decided to enjoy the beautiful weather by taking Chloe Mae on a two mile walk around the neighborhood. I cleaned the house, ran some errands and then had a glass of wine and key lime bar after dinner.
This race really has me excited for fall race season! I am also still in shock that I pushed myself hard after a 15 mile run.