This morning, I ran my 2nd race of the year, the 2020 Lady Track Shack 5k. I haven’t run this race since 2016, and its a race I did miss doing. The race supports breast cancer survivors and benefits the AdventHealth Breast Cancer Care Fund, which help save the lives of women who cannot afford mammograms.
I met some of my runner friends before the race and we ran a couple of miles to warm up. Then, after an obligatory restroom stop, we headed over to the race start. There, we met some other friends and got ready to run the race. It was a rainy morning, and while it seemed to dry up during our initial two mile run, the rain picked back up not long after the race began.
I felt good heading out of the start. Didn’t get to finish my 6amrun Marathon drink, so I was drinking it during the run. This was my second run trying out the new supplement. I’ve been impressed so far (also used it for a bike workout a few days prior), so I was hoping it would keep me going for the 5k.
By mile two, the rain was a bit harder coming down, but I didn’t let it bother me. The only thing that was slowing me down was the amount of runners/walkers on the course, and watching my footing during the brick road sections. The bricks are already a challenge, but when they are wet, extra care is important.
While I had started the race with a couple of my runner friends, I sort of took off on my own and listened to music on my Aftershokz Aeropex headphones. Nothing like some TobyMac or Newsboys to get you moving! I was glad that I had the music, because when I’m running solo, it helps keep me motivated.
Seeing the finish line ahead, I sprinted toward it and crossed in 41:12. When I looked at my Garmin, I had negative splits. That made me happy. Splits were mile 1 – 13:30, mile 2 – 13:01, mile 3 – 12:40. So, while I know I can do better at my 5k time, this was good for me right now. It gives me motivation to beat that time for my next 5k. With my breathing issues calming back down (thank goodness), I can’t wait to get my pace back down in the coming months.
This is a fun 5k for the ladies, Yes, it a women-only race! I hope to run it again next year. Always a great time for a good cause!