Race Recap: Chickfila 5k 2016

This was my second time doing the Chickfila 5k (I also ran it in 2014).  This was also my husband’s second race! I was proud of him for asking me to sign him up for this race, I didn’t even try to coerce him into this one!

The big draw for this race are the free chickfila sandwiches at the end!

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for race day packet pickup.  It went relatively fast, although there were a lot of people signing up on race day, which surprised me.  We were going to walk our stuff back to the car, but decided to just do gear check instead..

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was supposed to be in the mid 70s, but there was not a cloud in the sky.  I haven’t pulled out all my summer workout gear yet, so I settled for some capris and a short sleeved shirt.  I also decided a hat would be a great way to keep the sun out of my face.  In retrospect, I should have known I was going to get very warm, but it is what it is!

Pre Race

After packet pickup, we had a lot of time to kill, so we found a spot in the shade and started people watching.  They had a bunch of stuff set up for kids, so we watched them play games and such before the race.


Race Time

The 10k was supposed to kick off at 8:30, but it started a little late.  As such, the 5k started a little later than the planned 8:45am start.  Michael was a little antsy to get to the start line.  There were no set corrals, but they had signs to help you line up based on your pace per mile.  Michael and I started together.

The first mile was spent letting the crowd thin out and settle in to where they were going to be. Some faster people pulled ahead, I passed some walkers.  I ran the whole first mile, since I was feeling pretty good.  Michael walked/ran and we stayed pretty close to each other.  I took a quick walk break, but kept running until about the halfway point.  That’s when Michael started to pull away.

The halfway point until mile 2 was a bit rough, it was a really sunny part of the course and I was started to get warm.  I walked most of it.  I saw Michael at the turnoff back toward the finish line at around mile 2.  The last mile was spent forcing myself to run, especially in the shade.  I saw Michael wayyyy up ahead one last time before the finish.

I pushed myself to run in.  I finished in 44:11.  I had hoped for something in the 40-41 range, but given that I’ve had a lot of “life” going on, I haven’t been training to be at that point.  Michael finished almost 2 minutes ahead of me!

After Party

When I crossed the finish line, Michael was waiting for me. He asked how I did and I responded, “I feel like I’m going to puke.”  I was so uncomfortably warm. We grabbed our gear from gear check, got our chickfila sandwiches, and then we found a cool place to sit.  We sat under some trees. I was able to cool down, eat my sandwich, then I felt much better.  Its hard to believe that the mid-70s can feel that warm, but it did!

It was incredible how many sandwiches they had.  There were probably about 2000 people there, and they had just bags and bags of sandwiches.  And they were nice and warm!


All it all, it was a nice race, with a nice course.  I just wish it had been a bit cooler and maybe overcast! 🙂

Weekly Update – 5/23/2016

This week was ok.  I was able to get in a yoga session, walk, and 5k.  I was able to enjoy the long three day weekend, which will be the longest break we’ll get in awhile (big work project coming up in June).


I finally got back to yoga after about almost a month of being gone.  Class was a little tough in that regard, but I think I held my own pretty well.  She’s gotten better about ending class on time, which I really appreciate.  Its already a 75 minute class, and she used to regularly go to 90 minutes.


The weather was amazing on Tuesday!  Michael and I opted to go for about a 3 mile walk around my mom’s neighborhood.  We like to go walk there because its a giant loop.


Michael plays table tennis on Monday and Wednesday nights.  He’s been asking me to watch him play for some time now, so on Wednesday, I went with him.  The club was made up of a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds.  It was a very enjoyable time.


I had a really long day at work on Thursday, and crashed on the couch when I got home.  No gym for me!


On Friday we went out to dinner with my dad, stepmom, stepsister and brother in law.  It was a nice time.


Chickfila 5k! Recap to come!


After the race, we went to visit some friends of ours from church.  Our friend Chris has been experiencing issues with kidney stones for a few weeks now and its hard for him to get out an about because he’s in a lot of pain. We spend a lot of the rest of the day vegging out.


On Sunday we had church responsibilities, then we went down to the oceanfront to have an early dinner with my mom and stepdad.  We went to a great place called Waterman’s, and we drank orange crushes and ate great seafood.


Yummy blackened tuna Caesar salad


It had rained on and off all day, then gave us this beautiful rainbow.



How was your weekend? Did you race this weekend?

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?