Yesterday I completed my first 5k run! I am not a runner by any means, but I thought this would be something fun and it definitely got me out of my comfort zone and challenged me. I finished in a little over 33 mins which I thought was pretty decent for not running a mile since I was probably in 8th grade! After the race, my friend & I headed over to grab some breakfast (I ate before the run, so this was like breakfast round 2) at a local restaurant. I had 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit-strawberries & apples with an orange juice. I got home at about 11:30am and foam rolled and then took a nap. I woke up around 2 or 3 and was already feeling it. I took an epsom salt bath and then relaxed on the couch while I finished an essay I had due at midnight. I foam rolled a little before bed and even with that I am still really feeling it today. My hips are extremely sore, my shins, calves, hamstrings, obliques, back, pretty much all of my lower half! It’s crazy how doing something completely different than what you’re used to can really remind you how important overall fitness is. This reminded me I need to include some more running in my exercise routine. I mainly do weights, plyometrics, circuit training, and yoga. My heart rate does get up pretty high during those workouts, but it still doesn’t compare to continuously running for 30 mins. The occasional 2 – 3 mile run probably wouldn’t hurt to do every now and then.
I don’t know how in the world I ended up with bib #1, but I thought it was hysterical because out of all the numbers, I end up with 1!
Have you guys ever done a 5k? 10k? Is running something that is part of your fitness routine?