Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago: Race Recap

I did it! My first 5k in years and my fastest 5k since the fracture/injury.

I couldn’t make to the Expo, so I had my packet mailed to me ahead of time (I actually heard the Expo was smaller this year compared to years prior). So, I still got to lay out my #FlatJane the night before, complete with my bib:

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On race day, finding the corrals was a bit confusing. But, the race itself ran smoothly. The announcer said there were 45,000 runners between the 15k and the 5K!  (I did the 5K). LOTS of runners, a bit crowded… Definitely chilly!

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It was below 40 degrees this morning in Chicago, and my poor Garmin watch literally froze. So I just ran not knowing time, pace or distance. I felt good though. No pain.

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I started out feeling great until at least the half-way point. When I started feeling a bit winded, I slowed down a little. There were some walkers in wave 1 that you had to weave around, but it was manageable. That small incline just before the last 1/4 mile of the race was a struggle, but not too bad.

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Post-race, the band was fun. I thought the lines to get our hot chocolate would be mayhem with so many runners, but it was organized by line number and I had no wait! And even though I’m not a big chocolate fan, the finisher’s mugs were yummy!

I would definitely recommend this race.

Week 9 Recap

Monday

Monday was my makeup for Sunday — a hills workout on the dreadmill since San Jose is relatively flat. I did 6% incline for 90 sec, recover, 7% for 1 min, recover, then repeat x 5 with a warm-up and cool down. Not a lot of good sleep the night before… I was so ready for a nap!


Tuesday

A rest day — I spent Tuesday catching up on work and visiting my friend, husband and new baby in the hospital.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a rest day. I spent most of the day flying from Cali to Providence for work.

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Thursday

After a 12-hour shift, I had to do my track workout on the dreadmill… 1200m intervals (at 5mph and 5.2mph) with recovery breaks in between. Felt really good. I wasn’t dead by the end, which was nice. Progress!

Saturday

Saturday night dreadmill run. Got a cramp in my good leg and had to walk for a few seconds midway through. But another 3 in the bank! I threw in 50 squats, 50 sit ups and 25 pushups at the end. Long run planned for Sunday…

Sunday

I landed from Providence this morning to find my race packet from the Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago on my doorstep… 2 more weeks!

Later that night, I finished off week 9 with my long(est) run: 4.5 miles. My running buddy and I took it easy, but by the end, I was still beat and a sweaty mess. I was certainly feeling Saturday night’s 3 miles + squats workout. Feeling proud though.