I did the Fabulous Feat 5k this past Sunday, and I added miles on before and after.
I want Sunday's to be my long run day, so I decided to run to the race, and run home. I had really had no idea how my legs would feel during the race, so I had no time in mind.
The route I took to Veteran's Park, was 3.7 miles. I ran that in 34:21, (9.18mile), trying not to overdo it, but using it as a "warm up".
The race itself, for an inaugural race, had a very good turnout, 133 runners. Before I got to the starting line, I made sure I had my laces DOUBLE KNOTTED (see Run For Dad)!!
Surprisingly, I ran the 1st mile in 7:30, and 2nd in 15:30. The 3rd mile had a long uphill, as you entered the woods, around the 2.5 mile mark. I always struggle with hills, and tried to attack it as best I could. I finished in 24:19 (7:50mile), which I was pleased with.
With your goodie bag, at the registration, they gave us a number for raffle afterwards at the awards ceremony. I was lucky enough to have my number called, and picked a Dairy Queen gift card($10.00), not for myself of course, but to give to my boys. What kid doesn't love DQ !
I made sure to try and take in a lot fluids after the run. I felt good for the most part running back home, but running with a plastic Commerce Bank full of goodies, and being a bit worn out, made it an adventure. The last 1/2 mile or so, I felt a bit of cramping in my left thigh, but I lasted, and made it in 35:54 (9:43 mile).
Overall, I ran 10.5 miles, on a humid day.
I tried a few of my free samples during and after my runs.
I had the Hammer gel Raspberry, about 1/2 hour after my first run, and when I got home, I had the Hammer Nutrition Strawberry Recoverite. I feel they both did what they where intended to do, and I woke up today, with no soreness!