You’d think a 5k would be easier than a marathon, but not for me. I raced a 5k this morning and it hurt. I took off way to fast (5:45 pace when I looked down at garmin about a tenth of a mile in) in an effort to keep up with the young cross country guys. Not happening. Then about 1/2 mile in there was a big evil hill. Followed by more hills for the entire 5k. Yuck. The thing that I don’t like about 5ks is that they hurt my lungs. My lungs were burning today (and not in a good way). Pretty much the entire time I wanted to quit. I can handle aches and pains in the body during a marathon because I’m aerobically ok at the slower pace. The weird thing was that today was still over 2 minutes slower than my 5k PR, and it hurt really bad. Am I that out of shape? Was it the cookies and beers last night? Was it the hilly course? Did going out that fast totally blow it for the rest of the race? Or are 5ks just meant to be torture? Despite feeling like crap the entire time, I finished 3rd female with 24:4x. Obviously not a huge crowd if I was able to place!
Big shout out to Mindi who rocked the Haunted Hustle Half Marathon in Wisconsin today!