The blog has been a little quiet lately! I feel like all I do is write race recaps then I slack! That's okay, races are fun :) And I promise to show up more on the blog as opposed to just Facebook and Instagram. A couple of posts ago was about my training schedule for Reach the Beach and I'm gonna be honest.... I totally scrapped that plan. I found that running that many times per week was resurfacing some old injuries or aches and pains. So I have been doing more cross training than running for a couple weeks :)
Anyway.... ON TO THE RACE RECAP!
The Manchester Mile is a straight shot downhill from Derryfield Park where you will probably PR your mile. It's straight downhill. So that's all good....except for the fact that I was running it immediately after a 5K!
I was really nervous, excited and anxious for these races. I've never done a double, back-to-back race like this before and that made me nervous! Plus I was having some knee pain after kicking up training for Reach the Beach and was worried about that too. But it wasn't crippling so off to run 2 races I went!
I went to pick up my bib and shirt and let me say that I love this shirt! It's pretty stylin' for a race t-shirt if I do say so myself. Also I bought these compression sleeves from Crazy Compression specifically for a 4th of July race so of course I rocked them.
The 5K was first and it was HOT out! I was so thankful for some people who were spraying hoses onto the street for runners to go through. It was a nice loop starting with the downhill then looping through some neighborhoods and back up into Derryfield Park on the other side and down the hill again.
There were lots of people out cheering since there were 2 races going on and this was all before the city fireworks. Cheering people always puts a little extra pep in my step when I feel like collapsing due to heat.
By the time I was done with the 5K I was exhausted and for some reason I chose to walk a mile back up that giant hill instead of finding the shuttle bus. So I walked back up the hill, had about 5 minutes to sit and stretch then headed back to the start for race #2. I wasn't expecting to do well at all since I was so drained from the 5K and it was so hot out, but I got ready to go.
There were a ton of little kids running this race since it was a 1 miler, which is fun and awesome that kids are getting to experience a race. (But I'll admit it was kind of a cluster at the start line because a lot of people didn't know to line up by their pace marker.)
These people were standing in front of me...the two opposite footwear choices made me laugh.
I went into the second race just wanting to get it done and have my first back-to-back race completed. I wasn't going for time AT ALL since I was so tired.
But then I started running and let gravity pull me and cheering people push me.
A mile goes by pretty quickly.
Especially when you PR!!!!
Yep. I somehow pulled that out!
Then I had to walk back up that damn hill again :-P
5K - 27:10.2
1 Mile - 6:50.2
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance