Looking Past a Bad 5K (I Did Manage a PR)

My third 5K race is now in the books. And the books have a terrible finishing time next to my name.
Race Day Recap
I started out really strong – in fact I ran my fastest mile ever – just over 10 minutes (woot)! That is where my PR came into play.

I also cruised pleasantly through mile 2 with a just under 12 minute/mile pace. Then the stitch from hell buried itself into my left side and would not go away. I won’t even tell you how long it took me to do mile 3 because I’m that embarrassed.

I pretty much never get stitches in my side, so this was a really rare and unexpected occurrence. Then again a 10 min mile was also unexpected and the poor pacing on my part early on probably led to the stitch.

At this point I’m just trying to put everything after mile 2 out of my mind and focus on the positive parts of the race. Like how awesome I felt in mile 1 when I was practically flying by my standards!

Here I am at 5am thinking I must be crazy for getting out of bed on a Sunday this early:
WTF 5am?!
While this 5K wasn’t the best for a lot of reasons, I can still be proud of the way it started. And, after all, I got to add another bib to my I Run This Town board:
The rest of the day I’m going to relax and start getting my mind prepared for the start of my half marathon training plan – which begins tomorrow!


  1. March 27, 2013 / 7:10 pm

    Great job either way. It’s okay though. I heard this from a nice young lady I was running beside on my first 5k last weekend “You’re lapping everyone on the couch.” Keep it up and keep us all posted.

    • March 27, 2013 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you! It’s so true, I’m proud of myself for completing my third 5K. I just wish that last bit had gone a lot better. Oh well, now onto bigger and better things in my running career 🙂

      Congrats on finishing your first 5K! What did you think? Ready to sign up for another one?

  2. cindy mcmanus
    March 30, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    You should be very proud that you were out there running! Here are a few things I have learned in my journey: watch what you eat, not just the day before, but for several days before the race. I have also found that drinking too much water before, or during the race can cause the same sensation of stitches. I am not saying that you shouldn’t drink. Simply watch HOW much you are drinking to make sure its not too much. Best of luck in your future races!

    • March 31, 2013 / 2:18 am

      Hi Cindy, thank you so much! I didn’t realize that drinking too much water before a race can cause stitches. That may have been a contributing factor for me that day. I know I ended up having to pee about three times in the hour before the race began. I will definitely keep that in mind for my next race!