RR: Fort Bliss 5k

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.

This is how Carter sleeps on the bed. Spoiled little thing.
This is how Carter sleeps on the bed. Spoiled little thing.

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 still felt good here. Isn't Koda cute?!?!
I still felt good here. Isn’t Koda cute?!?!

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
Almost to the finish!
Almost to the finish!

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!


2 thoughts on “RR: Fort Bliss 5k

  1. Army Amy January 17, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    That Taco Cabana time was the best part! Not that the race wasn’t fun, too, but friend time is invaluable. I’m glad you enjoyed the 5k. The pics of y’all running are so cute!


  2. jensmith85 January 21, 2015 / 8:32 am

    So glad you enjoyed running the 5k! I have my first race of the year next weekend and I can’t wait!


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