Willow Glen 5k Race

I have not run a 5k race in almost ten years. TEN YEARS. So nuts when I think about it! I have been running 10k and half marathons for so long I feel like I forgot how to run a shorter race like a 5k! But, I was determined when my cousin asked me to run it with her and to…well, after looking over athlinks, beat my old time from right after I got out of high school…so long ago!


So I didn’t really train too hard for this race. I did some speed work, if you want to call it that, on the roads near my house. So basically it just consisted on running harder than usual sometimes. Haha! I lucked out in that it’s kind of a windy and slightly hilly area so I gained some strength from all the hills I was running on.  And of course I live in the redwood forests so it’s not too shabby to look at while running.

Well, race day came yesterday and I was full of pre-race jitters. I have forgotten since I’ve been recovering from my hip injury how nervous I get before races! My cousin ended up not being able to run the race but still was wonderful enough to come out and cheer myself, her boyfriend (who won the whole race; speedy!) and my coworker (who took her spot) along! I love when friends and family are able to come out and watch races!


I lined up between the 7 and 8 minute mile markers with every wish that I might be able to finish there at the end of the race.  Who knows, I was feeling good and hoped for the best! And no hip pain; YAY!

The race went by SO. FAST. I swear, it was like I started, and then I was done! If anything made the race feel kind of long it was all the turns throughout the course.  Seriously, it was about every 100-300 meters we were turning a corner! Kind of nuts if you ask me, but the race only had 2,500 people so it wasn’t too crowded.

I didn’t get a chance to check my watch after the first mile and really didn’t want to (I’m not a watch checker, it always makes me feel like I’m running so much longer than I actually am) and by mile two I had hit under a 8 minute mile. I figured if I could keep it up I’d get a good time. I was feel ok at that point, a little tired, but not too bad. I opened my stride a bit to conserve some energy for the last mile, or so I hoped.

The last mile sucked the most. I forgot how running so hard makes everything hurt! HAHA! I also had a very annoying middle aged man on my shoulder then entire time, cutting me off at every corner and even nudging me once. I was trying not to be a poor sport about it and nudge him back, so I just mad-dogged him through my sunglasses. I tried to beat him at the end but he passed me at the last second (dangit) but who cares! I crossed the finish line at 24:16 and was pretty wiped! I gave it all I had!


I actually didn’t remember my time from 2004 as I finished, so when I checked it and realized I beat it by almost 20 seconds I was super stoked! My friends, I NEVER thought I’d be able to run that fast ever again without the regimented 6-day a week speed and tempo training I had in high school! I have run some hard 3 milers just on my own over the years and was always clocked in at a 8:30 pace when I was trying my hardest! EEK! My late twenties are treating my running legs well, even though I’ve been abusing them with all these miles since I was 11!

Here are the complete results for the race:

UntitledI learned that the age group for the race was from 18-29 (is this crazy huge to anyone else? I hardly see them that spread out), there was a 60/40 ratio of women to men in the race, and over 2,500 people participating! It was great all in all, and I was way excited to have finally run a race I am completely happy with!

My cousin was gracious enough to let us come over for a waffle breakfast and use her shower so we could clean up and not be all stinky when we went shopping for stuff in town. I did a mile cool down after the race so with 4+ miles under my belt you know I was starving! I at a waffle with tons of fruit and chocolate chips on top and couldn’t have asked for a better way to end a race!

I hope everyone had a great Saturday and nice lazy Sunday planned! Did anyone else run a race yesterday or today!? Any races coming up!? I’m excited to hear about them!!!

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6 Responses to Willow Glen 5k Race

  1. Nice job, amazing time! I have a 10k in 3 weeks, and then a half in a few months time!

  2. Mike says:

    That’s a good time for a 5k, well done. I feel your pain though – I had shin splints when I did a 10k last year – not fun at all lol.

  3. madeline says:

    sounds like a terrific race… glad you refueled with a waffle afterwards! and congrats on an awesome time

  4. biz319 says:

    I can’t believe how speedy you were Mel!! And to finish off with waffles with chocolate chips is the icing on the cake. Great job!

  5. You are so speedy, lady! So proud of you. You’ve inspired me to try to find a 5K around here. I haven’t done one in many, many years!

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