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!


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  2. Tou Fong Lee

    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.

    1. Kristina

      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?

  3. cindy mcmanus

    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!

    1. Kristina

      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!

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