Chickfila 5k 2014

The Chickfila 5k, put on by Flat Out Events was held at the Mariner’s Museum park in Newport News.  It was sunny and 66 degrees for the race.  I woke up early and got on the road.  The drive is only about 30 minutes from my house.  Parking was easy at CNU, but it was a little bit of a walk to the park.  Since I didn’t do packet pick-up the day prior, I did race day pickup.  I got my stuff then trekked back to the car to drop it off.

This race had a kid’s 1/2 mile fun run, a 5k, then the 10k.  The 5k was the last to start, so I got to hang around for awhile.  I was a bit conflicted on how I felt about the race.  I was excited and hopefully optimistic, but I also knew that I was still sick and hadn’t been running.  I knew that I’d have trouble breathing due to my allergies, my congestion and an annoying cough I couldn’t shake, so I decided I’d run as much as possible and listen to my body.

I love this course.  The Mariner’s Museum is right next to CNU (my alma mater) and its such a beautiful place.  We ran on the Lion’s Bridge, which holds so many special memories for me.

lion's bridge

The Lion’s Bridge – right off the James River

The first mile was ok.  There were no corrals, so a bunch of walkers started in front of me.  (Why, why, why do walkers not start in the back!? You know you are going to start out walking!) I did a lot of weaving the first mile, but decided to be smart about it and not expend too much energy.  I started having issues breathing at the start of mile 2, the out and back part of the course.   I took a brief walk break during the first part of mile 2 to try to catch my breath.

When I made it to mile 3, I was over it.  I couldn’t stop coughing.  Hint: its hard to run when you are coughing.  I pretty much called the race at that point.  I was just focused on finishing.  I knew that it was not going to be pretty, and it wasn’t.  I don’t know what my splits were, but I knew that last mile was forever.  I ended up finishing at 41:10, an overall 13:17 min/mile pace.  I think my first two miles were somewhere around 11:30 min miles, but I’m not sure.  I foolishly didn’t charge my Garmin enough and it died early on.

I didn’t really stay after the race, I got my medal (yay!) and chickfila sandwich and got on the road.  Can I just say that  Chickfila sandwich after a race is one of the best things EVER?

So what’s my take-away from this race? Don’t try to run when you are sick!

Have you ever run a race while sick? Does it bug you when walkers start out in the beginning of the bunch?


15 thoughts on “Chickfila 5k 2014

  1. I’ve run races twice while sick once days after food poisoning and the second time with a chest cold. Annnnnd I get super annoyed when walkers start sr the front of the pack. I know running is a big love fest but you still should know your place. Walkers should move to the back

    • I don’t know how on earth you ran after food poisoning! That is one of the most horrible things in the world. Haha – I knew I couldn’t be alone on the walking thing. Look – if I know that I’m gonna walk a race, I start in the back! Its just plain courtesy 🙂

  2. I have raced when sick and it sucks. It’s not even about the finish time but glad it’s over. Don’t blame you for not sticking around but at least you got your medal and sandwich. Lots of races here have free CFA afterwards, it is always popular. But this is SC and we love our chick fil a!

  3. I hear ya…I just ran my race last weekend sick. Luckily I had so much adrenaline going in that I was able to push it out of my mind a bit, but now that the race is over I’m like extra sick. Great job getting out there though and pushing through it! I want to run in a race where they give me a Chick fil a sandwich!

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