I realized it’s already been two days post race, and I have yet to share my experience from possibly one of the difficult 5ks I’ve ran as of recent!
Thursday morning started out cool, but it was hot in no time. Seriously, by 7:30 am it was already hot. I realized how hot I was going to get my wearing my Forever 21 running pants – which reminds me…
If I have to do a clothing review, I DO NOT like these running pants from Forever 21! They seem to always ride down in the first couple of minutes of my run, and then, they fit snugly. I have no idea why. It’s SO annoying! I have no idea why I decided to wear them to this race, knowing full well that they would ride down. I had wore a long sleeve tech shirt, and upon realizing that my pants would ride down and my butt crack would most likely distract a lot of people behind me, I changed into the race shirt that was given to me when I picked up my bib that morning. After I changed, I felt comfortable with the fact that the shirt covered a good deal of my butt area. REMIND ME TO GET NEW RUNNING PANTS.
Anyway, back to the race. This was the first time I had ever ran in the beautiful city of Upland. The park was right at the base of the mountains, and it was gorgeous. A little before 8, we all had to walk up the street to the actual start line. At exactly 8, the race started – along with a lovely lady in a turkey costume. I can’t even imagine how HOT she must’ve been inside that thing! Anyway, the whole beginning part of the race was downhill, which was great. However, my pants were riding down, and I had to pull them up so I looked like I was doing a jig. Not great.
After my pants settled, we turned a corner and from here on it was flat. I managed to take a gorgeous shot of the street.
I had been pacing myself with this woman running with large headphones. Wherever she was, I tried to catch up with her. We appeared to be going at a good pace. I even managed a glance on my app; in the first mile, I was running an 8:22 pace!!!
And then, as quick as my pace was, the quicker it slowed down when we turned a corner and we started going uphill. Phew. On that street, my pace climbed up to around 10:30. Some people started to slow down at around this corner too. Some men and women were running with strollers and were struggling to push them up this hill. Ugg. I was tired myself, but I was still next to the girl with the headphones, so it was all good.
We turned a corner again and the street was flat yet again. I used this time to store my energy to prep for the last few meters of the race. There was finally a water station – it was already so hot by this time!
We turned another corner shortly after, and there it was: the hill. The hill that I did not prepare myself for. I should’ve known, especially since we were at the base of the mountains. I tried. I really did. But I just couldn’t. Midway up, I just started walking, in large steps. I have not walked a race since high school – hell, I didn’t even walk up the hill when I did the half in SF! I think because of the fact I was running so much faster all throughout, I was just wiped. I said goodbye to my sub 28 minute finish time as the girl with the headphones breezed on up the hill. I took it that she had ran this race before, and was especially prepared.
When I neared the top, I resumed to running again, and by then we were almost done. 200 meters later, I finished with a time of 30:03. I was a bit disappointed since I was so close to hitting at least the 29 min. mark, but damn. Whatever. I went up that hill. I was running an 8:22 pace. That was already something for me.
I so badly wanted to place in my age group again. When the results came up, I found out I came in at 110 – as for the age group, if I had looked correctly, I actually was in the top 5. Sadly, the bling was only reserved for the one that came in first.
Oh well, at least I got a shirt!
Post race, they had a LOT of food for us. They had water bottles, bananas, orange slices, two types of Clif bars, Nature Valley Bars, Sea Salt Crackers, Vitamin C Supplements, mini boxes of Reeses Cereal… there was so much! I took a couple more of the bars to save for later. 😉
When I got home, I finally saw what was inside the goodie bag – pretty generous plethora of stuff, I say. There was even a reflector that’s definitely going to be useful!
All in all, it was a great race, and a great way to make some room for the dinner I was going to have that night.
Will I run Upland again next year? I’m not sure. Maybe I should just sign up for the 5k held a block away from me sooner. 🙂
I hope that everyone has had a great Thanksgiving weekend so far! I went Black Friday shopping yesterday, and managed to get a bunch of soap from Bath and Body Works as well as a pair of khaki pants I really needed from Hollister.
Maybe I should go back for some new running pants. 🙂
Till next time,