This morning Luke and I ran the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association 5k. It started like most race mornings do with a little bit of this:
We got there early because I am paranoid about getting to races late, so we picked up our chips and then just hung out for 30 minutes. My parents ended up meeting us there too – it was fun to have the whole family there! The race ended up starting a little after 7:30am and was an out and back course in downtown Houston.
Luke and I started off together; in fact he was a couple steps ahead of me for the first half. There was a lady with a stroller who I could not get around, which was a little frustrating. I really think all these longer, slower runs I’ve been doing are hurting my 5k’s, I thought I was going to die a mile and a half into it. I also didn’t have my Garmin so I had no clue how fast or slow I was running… not sure if that was good or bad for me.
The course was pretty hilly for a Houston course, which neither of us were prepared for… definitely need to start incorporating more hill work into my running schedule. My one big complaint was that they only had two water stations set up and they were directly across from each other. You hit the first one right before the turn around and the second one right after the turnaround.
Mentally I started leaving the race right after the second mile. It was humid and I was ready to be done running. I kept racing to different points, telling myself just to go a little bit further. I lost Luke somewhere after the turnaround too, he was right next to me for a while and then I was running by myself. When I finally crossed the finish line I thought I had hit pretty close to my last PR – it looked like it was about 23:18. Official results say 23:41. Boo.
Luke came across pretty shortly after that – he finished in 24:24 official time. So proud!
We both ended up placing first in our age groups (Luke was the only one in his age group – haha!), and I’m glad that he had something like that happen to keep him motivated to run.
Afterwards my parents took us to breakfast. We settled on Barnaby’s Cafe, which is the cutest little cafe in River Oaks. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. My dad kept saying that it was the best breakfast he’d had in a long time.
How cute are the front of the menus? I ended up getting the green eggs – which was scrambled egg whites (I subbed egg whites for the eggs) with spinach and artichokes, chicken apple sausage, breakfast potatoes, and wheat toast. I only had half and it looked like I hadn’t had any, that’s how much food there was. And it was all incredible.
Overall: The race was a lot smaller then I thought it would be, but I’m never opposed to small races, it means I have the chance to place . It was all set up pretty well, and Sean was happy because there were kegs in the park afterward. The course itself was all right – we were running up and down streets so it wasn’t really scenic, plus there were a few small hills. I thought the water stations could have been spaced out a little more, but it was only 3 miles… I’m so excited that my brother ran with me, I’ve been trying to force someone in my family to get into running! Oh and two breakfasts in one day is never a bad thing in my book
Those of you that raced this weekend – how’d you do?!
Those of you with long runs – tell me ’bout it! I need some motivation to do one tomorrow