Race Report: Tacoma City 5k
I did a little 5k this weekend. AND IT WAS AWESOME!
Let’s cut to the chase – Official time: 30:37 (9:53 pace)
This was my second race (both 5k’s) since becoming pregnant. The first was in my first trimester and this one, at 31 weeks. I must admit the 31 week 5k was unexpectedly MUCH easier. I think my energy level was just so zapped the whole first trimester that it always felt like my legs were full of lead.
The course was great! Anytime I leave Gig Harbor running is significantly easier because it’s almost always flatter. Great little ego boost since my regular 4 mile loop around my house has slowed to a 12-15 minute pace depending on the day. Also, I think it’s important to note there were no bathrooms on the course. Which meant no bathroom stops. Which meant I probably shaved about 5 minutes off what it would have been otherwise. That’s no exaggeration!
Elevation charts are so misleading*, but bloggers seems to really like posting and analyzing them so here is this particular race series chart:
The 5k is very gentle
I would consider this a PR course – if I wanted to try it again. But the half is also really nice and so many people (including marathoners) PR’d yesterday.
Really, I just wanted to feel a part of the running community again. It had been so long since I’d been able to partake in any real events since I gave up running with others long ago due to the challenges of running while pregnant (multiple bathroom stops, slower pace, walking up hills). It filled a void.
Some pre race shots with girlfriends:
It was such an inspiring day. I cannot wait to start training again!
*on elevation charts – I’ve seen many elevation charts that are so misleading and frankly, full of shit. If your chart doesn’t give you a y-axis with an actual scale (of feet) then it’s shit. Throw it out. Likewise, look at the scale of the y-axis. What are the increments of feet gained? 10, 20, 100……I’ve seen bloggers talk about how ‘hilly’ something is, and when I peek at the chart it only covers about 200 feet in elevation gain. Don’t they teach this in high school?!