Back on My Feet 5 Miler 2016 Race Recap

So this past weekend I ran the Back on my Feet 5 Miler. I ran this race back in 2014 and it was a good one because it was my first race back after having Brooks! So it brings back good memories – ha!

I was excited to run it again this weekend because I love the 5 mile distance and I knew that it would be a great race before Broad Street {10 miles} coming up in May and the Hot Chocolate 15k next weekend as well. For more info on my upcoming race plans, check out my 2016 Race Calendar.

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Check out my new favorite leggings

I knew this race would be perfect to prep me as it’s the perfect ‘ halfway to Broad Street’ training plan for my 10 miler in May. But it’s not the best prep for the 15K Im running next weekend! I needed a little more than 5 miles under my belt this past weekend, so I decided to go out and run 2 miles BEFORE the race. Crazy person? Possibly! Ha!

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I ran my 2 miles right before the race and they felt quick and easy. I am so happy I decided to run them before because I knew I would push myself during the race and wouldn’t feel like running any more – was totally the right call.

After my quick two, I met up with my running buddy Kelly at the start. It was so much more packed this year than in 2014 – more people heard about it as a great training run for Broad Street!
Start

I didn’t even check the course before the race and I though it was a up and back MLK Drive, so I was pleasantly surprised when the race started and we went a different route! I hate out and backs – they are so boring!

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High-Fives for the mascots on the way out!

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We started out on MLK and it was the perfect morning for a run.

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I didn’t know where the course was going, but I knew it wasn’t a true out and back. I was a little surprised with this massive hill up around the 2 mile mark {which was technically 4 miles for me} that one hurt so good.

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Obviously a selfie is a great distraction for running up a massive hill.

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The course took us right by the Please Touch Museum, where the boys and I frequent. I was excited about this little route and might add it to my running schedule because it was nice to change things up!

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And it was nice to take in the sights I usually drive by!

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What goes up, must come down..

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Kelly and I didn’t run the whole race together, but we eventually found each other that last 1.5 mile of the race and finished together. It was amazing timing because I was seriously feeling it from doing 8:30 splits – which turned down to a 9:00 minute mile after mile 5 {7 for me!} So much for negative splits!

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I officially finished the race in 45:16 – a 9:04 pace – which I’m really happy with. I think with the other 2 miles tacked on I did 7 in a little over 60 minutes, which is awesome.

I was seriously feeling it at the end and am just hoping that was enough to get me to 15k this weekend!

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So happy my running buddy Kelly + her hubs Adam were able to join in on this fun race!

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Check out these cuties who came to see me cross the finish line!

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Oh – and if a 7 mile run wasn’t enough – I took Brooks out for a 8 mile bike ride later that afternoon!

If you are looking for an awesome seat for your little to ride with you on your bike – this is it! So comfortable, easy to install and Brooks LOVED it! We borrowed this from a friend to try out and are hooked !

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Now it’s your turn to share – 

Any fun race or fitness goals on your calendar?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Sana March 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    5 miles is my favorite distance to run! You can with done within the hour. Awesome job!

  • Reply Patty O March 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Kudos to you, Kelly and Adam, especially for you running 2 miles before the race. You truly are a beast – so proud of you!

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