Sunday, August 19, 2012

Impromptu 5K

Saturday I participated in the Snoqualmie Railroad Days 5K. Julie over at Free Julie invited me to join her and her daughter a few weeks ago. As I got closer to the race I really wasn't in the mood to run. I text Julie early and the week and told her I wasn't going. She encouraged me to come anyways. On Friday the day before the race - I sent her a message that I would go and tag along with them. I had miles to complete before the 5K so I told them that I would meet them there.

I told my husband that I was going to do the run, he started asking me questions...what time, where is it. I was like....hmmm I have no idea. He was shocked! I usually plan everything out to the last detail, even for a 5K. 

I woke up Saturday morning at 6AM, got ready and headed out. The event didn't start until 9AM, but I had 7 miles on my training plan for the 3-day training plan so I wanted to get there early and get at least 3 miles in. I arrived in under 30 minutes and found a place to park and realized I forgot my Garmin.  I remembered that I had map my run on my so I got that out to track my distance. I had never been to this event so I sent out at a fast walk to explore the location. My first mile was a giant loop back to my car to take off my sweatshirt. Then I headed in the other direction to explore part of the course. Turn around and back to my car to grab a Gu. I hadn't eaten yet so I figured a Gu would work out perfect. One bite and I realized I am not a Gu person. I just couldn't handle the sweetness of it - and it was vanilla flavored. I drank some water that I had laced with Nuun and went on my way. At 3 I was by the registration table for the event so I stopped and got registered.

Swag - Shirt, bag frull of coupons - great for a small event
I walk back to my car and another mile loop, this time I stopped by a gas station got some more water and a granola bar. Looped back to the start line with a total of 5 miles logged on my feet and waited for Julie.

The plan for this even was to hang with Julie and her daughter along the way. Offer support to her daughter where I could and over all not kill my legs. We followed her lead in running and walking, her goal was to get in under 60 minutes and I told her that was easy. Just stick with us and you can do that. I tried to share my wisdom like pinching the cup when taking the drink of water so it deosn't spill all over you. :) I know I am helpful. The route was nice and flat and was a nice mix of shaded and sunny areas. I encouraged her to run through the sun and walk in the shade. Which we got a nice laugh out of because I could remember if that was the right plan. Julie's daughter goal was to run as soon as she saw the finish line. We rounded the corner with about .25 left and off we went to the finish! I am so glad I got to be part of her first 5K. She did awesome and I can't wait to see what is next for her. She said she is really good at swimming, so who knows maybe we have a Tri-athlete in the making. 

Overall it was a great event. If you are looking for a fast 5K/10K then this event is for you. Beautiful course and a great set up overall. I was really impressed with how smoothly eveything went for such a small event.


  1. Aw, how special you could share in her first 5k! Way to get all your planned miles in around the race, very creative. See you Tueday night:)

  2. Awesome...looks like a great weather day too.

  3. How fun! I have never run a 5k with someone else like that, but I would like to!

  4. Nice job getting all your miles in and doing a 5k with a friend!

  5. What a great experience to do her first 5K with her! To me that is one of the best parts of being a runner-paying it forward and helping someone through their first race of any distance.

  6. Great run! Snoqualmie is such a cute town, it would be fun to do a race there. Is this where the Mustache Race is later this fall?

  7. Sounds like a fun time, and judging by the photo is was a beautiful time, too!!