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Love em’ or Leave em’ 5k: I don’t even know who I am anymore.

If you’re looking for a flat fast 5k in February in Seattle (I mean who isn’t) this is your race.  The top 10 women were all under 18:00 minutes.

You can run this one as a single or a couple… my date for the race was Marti (18:29) and we were second in the 80-99 year old category (Lesko and Sally won).

I had two goals for this race:

1) Don’t go out too fast.

2) Don’t drop out.

Not gonna a lie… almost blew both goals.

My workout earlier in the week didn’t give me much confidence going into the race so my plan was to go out conservatively (no faster than 6:15s).  Being conservative the first mile of a 5k is a bit of stretch for me, too many years of cross-country running has left with the bad habit of going out ridiculously fast, slowing way down, and then dragging my tired self across the finish line.

Not this year. (Please.)

The gun went off and we were off.  Here’s hoping I don’t do anything dumb.

I glanced down at my good friend Garmin and it said I was going 7:15 pace… hmm.  Lies.  20 seconds later it 5:46.  Garmin.  30 more seconds and still 5:45ish.

Remember that first goal?

I put the brakes on and let everyone and their mom pass me.  I finally settled in around 6:15s.  I came through the first mile right at 6:12: boom!  On pace for once in my life.

I can’t say I felt good and I can’t say I felt bad.  It was just hard.  I tried to stay relaxed and hoped I wouldn’t crash during the second mile.

At about mile 1.5 I decided I was done with the race.  My legs felt fine but I was just tired.  I tired to gauge where I was around the lake (Greenlake) to figure out how far I’d have to walk/jog back.  Then I told myself who drops out of a 5k?  I mean another 10 minutes of pain… I can do that right?  Besides I was on the opposite side of the lake from the start/finish and no one wants to jog back with a race number on.

Ugh.  Just make it to the 2 mile marker.


Wait what?  I didn’t slow down?  This has NEVER happened in a 5k.

6 more minutes I can do that right?


Everything hurt but somehow the legs kept moving.


Oh geez.

I don’t even know who I am anymore.

The guy running next to me asked me what our split was.  Apparently he couldn’t hear how I was grasping for my last breath of life.  Buddy if you can talk you best be speeding up.

I’m not sure if I ran the last .1 mile with my new bestie. I only remember the turn to the finish was a lot further away than I recalled (did I mention I’ve run like a million tempo runs around this lake).

Finally I saw the turn and then the finish line.  The last .1 was sub 6 pace but it felt like I was crawling.  I saw my time and couldn’t believe I was just a few seconds slower than when I ran it a few years ago (when I was actually in some sort of running shape).  Even more unbelievable was the negative split.

But not gonna lie it hurt.

How did I ever like the 5k?  Maybe because it’s over in less than 20 minutes.

Overall it was a fun day.  There were a lot of Club Northwest friends there and a bunch of the birds…and the sun even made an appearance:



Here’s hoping I learned my 5k lesson:  go out conservatively and don’t drop out.



8 comments on “Love em’ or Leave em’ 5k: I don’t even know who I am anymore.

  1. Katie
    March 31, 2014

    HAha, I already love your sarcasm. Great race recap. too many xc races has be going out fast in 5ks too. don’t worry, it’s a bad habit we all have. Looking forward to following you!

    • robyn
      April 1, 2014

      Love me some sarcasm :). And thanks… silly bad running habits.

  2. Great race! Awesome job negative splitting! I’ve always hated 5ks, which is prob why I suck at them (or maybe it’s the other way around!) Not to sound creepy, but glad your updating more often… love reading your blog 🙂

    • robyn
      April 1, 2014

      Thank you! So can’t believe I negative split the thing 🙂 Ha, not creepy and I SO hope I post more. My 2013 New Years Resolution was to post more regularly and I pretty much failed. In relate news this year’s resolution was to start drinking coffee and I’m totes knocking the ball out of the park on that one…

  3. The Reluctant Athlete
    April 1, 2014

    Love it! I just discovered you and you talk my language – sarcasm and self deprecation – you sure there isn’t any Scottish in you? My first run is a half in May this year. I feel pretty much the same way you do throughout every training run but like you, I will do it, I will. Then I will probably die. 🙂

    • robyn
      April 1, 2014

      Would you believe me if I told you my maiden name is tied to a plaid, a family crest, and castle? 🙂

  4. The Reluctant Athlete
    April 1, 2014

    Love it! I just discovered you and love your blog. You speak my language – sarcasm and self deprecation – you sure there isn’t any Scottish in you? My first race is May this year, a half. I feel hellish during every training run but like you, I will do it. I will. Then afterwards, I will probably die. 🙂

  5. Chris
    April 30, 2014

    Under 18 minutes? That is very fast! I have been running for two years and that seems very fast even for me!

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