My First 5 Mile Run (including the Happy 5K)

Today was a great running day for me: I completed the Happy 5K (a virtual race that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) as part of my first ever 5 mile run (only the 5K portion is pictured below)!
Happy 5K in Fort Lauderdale

All of those pauses noted on the map were due to my absolute need to stop and drink water frequently. It ended up being hotter than I was expecting and I was getting dehydrated pretty quickly. My hands were swollen by 1.5 miles into the run, which is always a sign that I need more water (stat!).

I ended up doing the majority of my run on a mile loop that goes around Holiday Park near my condo:

Holiday Park Running Track in Fort Lauderdale

Today’s run was actually one that strongly reminded me that I am still a beginning runner. After I finished the 5K my legs were absolutely protesting the rest of the run. By the time I made it home both of my legs were screaming for mercy.

As I was walking home from the park I actually texted my boyfriend SOS! I ended up making it home under my own power though.

Today’s run was only supposed to be four miles (according to my half marathon training plan). That was all I wanted to do to be honest; however, I had never calculated the distance to and from the park in relation to my condo until today. I estimated that it was about half a mile, but turns out it is a full mile each way. Now I know and can plan my runs better.

I’m excited that Week 1 of my half marathon training is now complete. And since I ended up doing 5 miles during today’s run instead of the scheduled 4, I know without a doubt that I’ll be able to do 5 miles during next week’s long run.

To be honest I’m glad that I get the chance to do 5 miles a second time before moving on because today was definitely a struggle.

Hope everyone else had a great Saturday and an early Hoppy Easter!

Bunny eating a banana

What do you do to speed recovery after long runs that leave your legs begging for mercy? 


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