Monday, September 8, 2014

Women of Wonder 5K

I signed up for this knowing I was unprepared. I had just started back on the couch to 5K program, but I felt if I didn't sign up I would go the rest of the year without running another event. I had already participated in the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle in March and then nothing.

Of course, my kids decided to have the worst night of sleep ever. When I sent the big kid to bed, she came to tell me her sister had vomited in bed again! That's a whole different post, but we go got her cleaned up and back to bed by 11PM. She thankfully, slept until 5AM, but big sister had woken up not feeling well in-between then.  Little sister went back down at 5AM, but I had a hard time getting back to sleep. Just when I did the alarm went off.

I got up, got dressed and headed out the door. I stopped and got some coffee and a breakfast and headed to GreenLake for the event. After finding a place to park, getting my bib and using the bathrooms, I busted out my phone and wasted time. I have a problem of arriving early to things.

It has taken me 13 months after having Ms. Jillian to sign up for a race. A race that I call my starting over point. I knew I wasn't ready in fact, I used the couch to 5K program to help me get through this, run/walk intervals the entire time. I really worked on pushing my run and walking on the walk parts. In the past, I would speed walk and not let my legs recover. Today, I focused on walking...and then really running in the run part. Sadly, I had to restart the program at one point because I wasn't done when the program ended. It's okay though. This is my starting point. My time was 46:33, 10 minutes slower then my PR from 2012 on pretty much the same course.

At the end of the day, I finished I collected my medal and I felt pretty good. I don't feel like I killed myself, but I am proud of my accomplishment.  My next 5K is a month away, so it gives me time to work through the program and hopefully improve on my time.
Overall, this event was great. It was their second year running the event after the Iron Girl program switched from a 5K/10K in Seattle to a Tri. It gave Promotion Events and easy slot to fill and I am glad they did. I look forward to doing it again next year.


  1. Great job getting back out there! Sounds like it was a fun race.

  2. Congrats on your race, and continuing to keep going! Carri~A Running bee

  3. Way to get back to it. And looks like a super cute medal!

  4. Hey - I was there too! AND we have the same running shoes! Sorry I didn't spot you, you must not have spent much time in the mimosa garden :)