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.
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?