Catch the Leprechaun 5K Recap!

Good morning! Did you remember to change your clocks? Most of ours change automatically, I will just have to remember to change my watch and my car. We went to bed later than normal last night, which was actually doubly later than normal. There is possibly a nap in my future today.

Anyways, let’s move on to yesterday’s Catch the Leprechaun 5K. My first 5K since surgery. While yesterday afternoon was warm, yesterday morning was CHILLY. I got up, ate a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, then went to choose my clothes. It has been so long since I have raced that I could not decide what to wear. The temp when I finished was only supposed to be about 39. Even with sunshine, I knew it will still be chilly because we were walking along a lake.

After much consideration, I decided upon my yoga pants, sports bra, long sleeve t-shirt, and a fleece pullover. That combined with fleece gloves kept me just right throughout the race.

Catch the Leprechaun 5K

We have done this race for the past two years, but this year it was different. The people who originally held the race turned it over to the American Cancer Society. The time of the race changed, the place changed, and the whole vibe changed. Before it was like a big block party – including a running leprechaun to try to catch. Yesterday’s race was more your typical small 5K. Great cause, of course; but not the festive atmosphere as before.

Our friend J decided to walk with me in honor of my return. This left hubby to run his own race (and he came in 2nd in his age group). J and I started out at the very back of the pack, but passed a few people. We went at a pretty decent pace and honestly was faster than I had intended. Final stats show 17:45 as my pace and I was aiming more toward 18:30-19:00, but it felt so good to be walking.

Catch the Leprechaun 5K
Catch the Leprechaun 5K

It was a beautiful morning for a walk and we walked and talked the whole way. Part of the race was on the road and the other part on a greenway.

Catch the Leprechaun 5K

My finish time?

Catch the Leprechaun 5K

I was extremely happy with my finish time. And I was extremely happy to finish.

We stayed around after the race for awards since hubby suspected he might have won one (and he did!). I was feeling great until we turned and walked to the car. Then something in my right foot was not good. Hurt to put pressure on it, hobbled to the car.

We stopped and got pancakes (I was craving them), then I came home and went to bed. All day long my right foot hurt. Felt almost like I had stepped on something funny (which I don’t remember doing). I tried to walk on it as little as possible, including limiting the amount of trips up and down our stairs. Thankfully my foot is feeling much better this morning!

So, my goal to walk 13 5Ks in 2013 has begun. 1 down, 12 to go. Next 5K? On St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you race this weekend? Share with me!

Enjoy your day!


2 Responses to “Catch the Leprechaun 5K Recap!”

  1. Great job for finishing the race! Those views were beautiful.

    There is definitely a nap in our future today AND I just woke up so sleeping in was necessary since I’m feeling under the weather. I was just hitting my stride again with workouts and now this.

    Take care of that foot! And have a great Sunday.