Longtime readers may recall that when I finished the Flying Horse Half, I immediately stated I wanted to run the Fort Bliss Half even though I knew I needed to take a break from training. The lure of a cheap race, a medal, and the peer pressure from my Wear Blue friends had me convinced I needed to run it.
My initial instinct won out because I didn’t train for it. I think my longest run since the Flying Horse was an 8k race right before the holidays. Other than that I ran a handful of 3-4 milers a couple of times a week. No where near what I needed to maintain for another 13.1 mile race.
I can’t say I’m too bummed because I ran the 5k and still got to see some of my Wear Blue friends!
For starters. It was freezing. I was sorely tempted by my really warm bed and snuggly puppy. I procrastinated so long I was running a bit late. Luckily traffic was nice to me because I got there with plenty of time to park, register, and meet up for the Wear Blue circle.
I didn’t have any time goals going into the race so I just figured I would run with Melissa, her adorable puppy, and Nicole. I did not realize, it would be Koda (the adorable puppy) setting the pace. We hauled ass right from the beginning. Fast enough that I was afraid to look at my Garmin and see what the pace was. Ignorance is bliss in my mind.
I managed to hang with them the entire time (luckily, Koda got a water stop halfway through so I was able to catch my breath). I definitely slowed at the end, and ran positive splits. Oops. Oh well. I had fun so really that’s all that matters.
- Mile 1: 8:37
- Mile 2: 8:59
- Mile 3: 10: 17
- .23: 2:10
- Garmin measured distance: 3.23 miles
- Official Time: 29:46
After I finished with the 5k, I hung around to help cheer for the Wear Blue runners who did the half. It. Was. Freezing. While I dressed warm enough to run, I was not dressed warm enough to stand around. It was worth the wait though. I enjoy cheering for people as they cross the finish line. Well, or playing photographer and taking their pictures anyway. Haha.
To finish off the morning, Amy and I went to Taco Cabana for tacos and catching up! It was fantastic. All in all, it was a great way to start the new year!