First ever 5km

Can you believe it’s already February? I’m totally ok with this. It only means we’re that much closer to spring. I wonder what the groundhog will say tomorrow.

At the beginning of January, my coach suggested I sign up for 5km to get an idea of where I’m at. A 5km?! I thought. I’d never done one! But, of course I scoured the internet and was able to find a local 5km at the end of the month. G agreed to run with me.

The race was on Sunday, which meant I held off on my long run until after the race. I had 25km scheduled for the day. As you know, I normally run long on Saturday mornings, so this was a bit of a change. I did a light 4km on the treadmill Saturday morning, with Iron Strength afterwards, then worked during the day. At night we did groceries, made dinner and went to bed pretty early.

In terms of race nutrition, my night before dinner was a standard sweet potato, cooked kale with Bragg’s aminos, and two organic eggs. The race started at 8:30am, which is later than I usually start my long runs, so I made some gluten free sourdough toast, with avocado and banana. No issues with my stomach, although I took a heart burn pill that mornings just in case (I’ve been off of them for 3 days before that; I’ve read that you need to taper off of these things. Ugh.)

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Pre and post-run meals

The race was at a nearby casino/racetrack, about a 20 minute drive from our place. We left around 7:20am, to give us time to pick up our race bib beforehand. By 8:30am, we were lined up at the start and ready to go. It was a beautiful day, so the turn out was great (200 people or so in the 5 & 10k).

There wasn’t a fancy timing system set up, which was fine as we managed to start right near the front. We were told that when we finished, we would be given a popsicle stick to indicate our time. We would then take that into the building to be matched with our bib. I kind of loved this.

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The first 0.5km was on a road, then the race quickly turned to snow covered trail. The footing was ok, for the most part (thanks to my Hoka One One trail shoes). I took off pretty quickly, and realized I was running too fast. I told myself to dial it back a bit, but to hang on – this is 5km. I got this. It was a 2.5km out and back. Given that this was my first EVER 5km, I really had no idea what to expect. It’s not like in a half marathon or a marathon where you pace yourself big time at the start.

1) 4:21
2) 4:40
3) 4:45
4) 4:40
5) 4:39

Finish: 23:10:54 12th Overall, 2nd Female. I was pleased with my 12th place overall finish (108 participants) and 2nd female overall. Frankly, I surprised myself.

After the race, we had some Nuun they had on site and we drove back home. I didn’t even go inside, before leaving for my 20km. By this time, it was 10:00am or so. I knew there was no time for dilly dallying. I just had to get it done.

6km in, my blood sugar felt off. I attribute this to the start and stop between the 5km & the 20km. I decided to take my Hammer Gel espresso early and things quickly turned around. I ran 10km out along the Rideau Canal and 10km back. I listened to Hilary Biscay on Endurance Planet for an hour, then switched to my iPod. It was one heck of a beautiful morning.

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By the time I got home, it was noon. I was hungry! I whipped up a Vitamix of beet, turmeric, Vega vanilla sport protein, half a banana, and a side of Nuun. I definitely felt like I needed fuel asap. Pancakes followed shortly after 🙂

All in all a successful sunday runday.

Have you run a 5km? 

What is your go to post long run meal?

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