2014 BA5k Recap

On Sunday, I ran my sixth race of 2014 and my second 5k of the year, the BA5k in Washington Township, New Jersey.  On paper, this race was one I should have had a major PR at.  The course was super flat, and I’ve recently had some pretty speedy training runs.  Granted, most of the them have been on the treadmill, but regardless, I was pretty well trained going into Sunday’s race.  I’ve also walked this race three times previously, so I was also familiar with the course.

And then on Friday I started to have stomach and indigestion issues.  Any number of things could be causing these issues – stress from work and house hunting, a super busy past couple of weeks, being out of town two weekends in a row – life certainly has been anything but boring lately.  And then come Sunday morning, the temperature outside was much warmer than I had anticipated it would be in the days leading up to the race.  I also didn’t eat my usual prerace peanut butter sandwich for breakfast.

Regardless of how I was feeling and how warm it was at the start of the race (it was already in the low 70s at the 9am start time), I decided to give the race my best.  Because it was a small, local race at a park only ten minutes down the road from my father-in-law’s house, we only left half an hour before the race started, and had no issues picking up our bibs and t-shirts.  I took my usual prerace Gu Energy Gel as we walked from the car to the registration tent.  We lined up at the start line about five minutes before the race started, and I reminded myself that not every race is meant to be PRed and that I would see how I was feeling during the race and go from there.

During the first half of the race I actually felt pretty good.  I tried my best to pace myself and not go out too fast, which was a big problem two weeks ago at the Jaguar 5k.  I ran to the water station at about the halfway point without stopping to walk once, but around the mile two marker I really started to feel the heat and my stomach had really started to bother me.

During the last mile of the race I took two additional walk breaks – one for only a minute and a second one for two minutes.  As I got closer and closer to the finish line I just wanted to be done with the race, and I pushed myself as quickly as I could towards the finish line.

My official finish time was 31:43 (10:13 pace), only three seconds slower than my current race PR.  Given how flat this course was compared to the Jaguar 5k, which is where I PRed two weeks ago, I should have been able to PR again had my stomach not been bothering me and had it not been as warm as it was.  But again, not every race is meant to be PRed and I keep reminding myself that there will be more chances to push myself to a new PR.  I’m also trying to not be too hard on myself since I did meet my C Goal, which was to finish the race in under 31:51 (10:15 pace).

Despite how I felt on Sunday, I'm proud of the fact that I still ran the race as fast as I did

Despite how I felt on Sunday, I’m proud of the fact that I still ran the race as fast as I did

After I crossed the finish line I met up with Preston and my sister-in-law’s fiancee, and we waited for the rest of the family to cross the finish line.  While waiting I enjoyed a post race banana and drank some water, refueling myself to run an additional mile since my half marathon training plan called for me to run four miles as my long run this past weekend.  After the rest of the family crossed the finish line, Preston and I set out to jog the last mile (we used one minute run-walk intervals since my stomach was still bothering me).  When we got back to the finish line area, we found out that Preston had placed third in his age group!

third place

So proud of Preston for getting third place in his age group!

All in all, it was a great morning for a race, and I’m proud of Preston for placing third in his age group.  While it wasn’t my day for a great race, it was for Preston, and I’m so proud of him for running the race as well as he did.

(Please pardon my lack of pictures from Sunday’s race.  Given how I was feeling, taking pictures wasn’t exactly at the front of my mind that day.)

QOTD: How do you reflect on races that didn’t go as you had hoped or planned they would?

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20 Responses to 2014 BA5k Recap

  1. Congrats to Preston! Despite how training goes or what the course is like, you just never know what race day will bring. Disney PHM was my race like that this year. Despite how you felt, you still ran a good race. Congrats!

  2. Woohoo go Preston! I love an AG award :) Sorry you felt crummy – stomach issues are THE WORST! Knock on wood…I’ve never experienced them during a race but had major issues on one of my last long runs before Marine Corps and it was beyond miserable. You definitely have some speedy races in you so hope you’re not discouraged. Also…you’re looking super thin missy!

  3. Chaitali says:

    I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well for the race :( It’s impressive that you were only 3 seconds slower than your PR with the stomach issues and the heat.

  4. Great job pushing through the heat and tummy issues girl! And to have only been 3 seconds slower than your PR is great! Not every race is meant to PR at like you said. And the heat does play a major role in how you run. Congrats to Preston on his AG!

  5. Lauren says:

    Great job pushing through your tummy troubles. It’s frustrating because sometimes stuff like that happens unexpectedly to me! I grew up in Wash Twp and know lots of high school friends who ran that 5K!

  6. congrats to preston! and considering you stopped for like 3 minutes, you kinda did PR, right? :)

  7. runsaltrun says:

    I’m sorry some things were working against you. :( Considering all the tough stuff, you did SO amazing! Running with stomach issues is THE WORST.

  8. kdavis052013 says:

    Awesome job Preston!

  9. Tummy issues are the pits…and heat is a big foe of many runners! You did great and look fantastic in your finishing picture. Congrats on your race!

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