Last Saturday, my husband and I ran a 5k race as part of our half marathon training series.
Back for its 14th year, the 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy, features the use of the ChronoTrack Bib Timing System on certified courses.
Since we didn't pick up our race bibs the day before, we could do so at 7 AM the morning of the race. We were up at 5AM and out the door by 6AM. I had a cup of coffee, water and a peanut butter cookie Larabar on the way.
We parked in a close-by parking garage and walked 1/10 of a mile to the bib pick-up location. There was absolutely no line, so we had plenty of time before the race started.
We explored the NCAA Hall of Champions for a little while. It was the location of bib pick-up and was where everyone was staying warm before the race. The starting line was literally right outside this building.
As we were exploring, I just had to get a photo of the field hockey display, obviously. Gosh, I miss playing so much!
Afterward, I felt bad because I didn't snap a picture of the baseball display - which is the sport Josh played in college. He didn't seem to care too much though :)
Finally, it was time to begin. This is a poor picture, but we are lined up and ready to go at the starting line.
We tried to snap a photo just before the horn blew, and this is the best we could do.
It was pretty cold, so we were bundled up, but very thankful the freezing rain held off until after the race!
The race course was pretty simple. It just took us in a loop around the canal downtown. A few streets had to be blocked off and there were a couple small hills scattered throughout. The White River State Park is a nice area in the middle of downtown, with trails by the canal. I think it is the perfect course for a shorter race like this in Indy.
Josh and I started together, but I wanted him to go ahead. He has been training hard and really improving his times. The last thing I wanted to do was hold him back. So, after a few 10th's of a mile, he took off. I tried to keep up with him for the first mile - big mistake. My goal was to get faster each mile. Whelp, that goal was not a success. My first mile was my fastest, by a long shot - yikes! My second mile was my slowest. I should have known better than to take off as fast as I did. I tried to make up what I could at the end by sprinting for the last couple minutes. I don't know how much this helped, but I do know that my pace for the last .1 mile was 7:57. Haha.
Anyway, my official time on the race website is 27:43 and my official pace was 8:56. I must have stopped my watch just a second late.
This was 40 seconds slower than my 5k PR.
Here are some other stats:
3 out of 44 in my age division
38 out of 252 women
178 out of 512 overall participants
Nothing to write home about, but I am proud of the accomplishment and completing my 3rd race!
When I crossed the finish line, I saw my main squeeze waiting for me. I am SO ridiculously proud of him for getting a PR! He deserves it!
We grabbed a few mini Clif Bars (to take home with us) and each ate a banana. They also had Gatorade, water, and chocolate chip cookies available at the finish line.
After the race, Josh surprised me by taking me out for breakfast at one of our favorite spots, First Watch.
Yeah, it’s fresh™
Pretty sweet, huh?
And of course, lots of coffee was had by all.
This wasn't so much of us needing a big meal after running 3 miles, but it was celebratory for us because this race was another step to check off as we are training and preparing for our first half marathon.
I had the Avocado, Bacon And Tomato Hash. YUMMM!
All in all, it was a great race day, and we walked away from it one step closer to completing our ultimate goal, our first half marathon.