In case it wasn’t obvious from the title of the blog post, my knee is on the mend and I’m even running races here and there.
The Sweetwater 5k was about two months ago (belated recap, yes), and I had been back to running for a few weeks at the time of the race. My goal was to see how fit I was and NOT to race the 5k.
Mantra for today’s 5k (& 1st race post-injury!): I am not racing…my goal is not to re-injure my knee…I am not racing… #runchat
— Sarah Merrill (@racingoprah) April 18, 2015
What a cute sentiment.
The race, in numbers:
- Friends running race with me: 6
- Photographs taken: 0
- First mile: 7:45
- Second mile: 8:13
- Third mile: 8:45
- Pace of last 0.1 miles: 9:31/mile
- Garmin: 3.17 miles in 26:20
- Official: 26:30
The race, in words:
- I am not racing.
- WEEEEEEEEEE look how fast I can run!!!
- Should probably slow down.
- OMIGOD HILLS
- All aboard the suffer bus!
- Just make it stop.
The course is relatively flat for the first mile or so as it runs up Marietta Street from Centennial Olympic Park. The hills get really nasty in the third mile, as the course winds in and out of (super hilly) side streets off of Luckie Street, before returning to the park at a more modest incline. The race had a standard cotton t-shirt, and (OF COURSE) your choice of post-race Sweetwater beer.
While the outcome of my race wasn’t super-satisfying, and I didn’t even meet my supposedly achievable goal of not racing (for a mile at least), I was still happy to be able to run a race!
Questions for you:
Have you ever gone out way too fast in a race?
If you’ve had a running injury, how was your first race back?