Race Report: Fit to be Square 5K

Yes.. I’m still alive. Work has been crazy busy lately, and I have a lot of things to blog about, but not much time to actually get around to writing the posts and selecting/formatting pictures. I’ll try to get back on track with the posts because I’ve… let’s start off with the last time I ran…

I haven’t really been following my planned 2011 race schedule. Mostly because I’m just not prepared.. the second reason is because my shins have been KILLING me. I went to see an orthopedist, who told me that I DO NOT have a stress fracture (YIPPEE!!!), but I do need to lay off the running for a while until the shin splints go away. So, I haven’t ran (at all) since the Fountain Valley Fit to be Square 5K on February 19. I had signed up for this race on a whim… Minh told me about it only a few days before, and I thought it’d be a good way to support my local community.

Me and Minh before th race (Picture from the OC Register)

I went into the race having not ran for about a week because of the shin splints.. But I told myself that I’d give it my all since it was only a 5k. The goal was to finish in under 25 minutes. I didn’t have high hopes about placing since there were A LOT of high schoolers out there racing (to raise money for their school teams) and those kids are ALWAYS faster than me.

... and they're OFF!!!

I started off at a pretty good pace, and kept it up for most of the race. I had to stop once to walk for a little bit, but overall I felt pretty good. I ended up finishing in just under 25 minutes which was AWESOME!! (Although… the race course was just shy of a full 5k, but not by much).

Pushing myself for a strong finish...

To my surprise.. I ended up in SECOND PLACE in my age group – Females 19 – 39. Pretty awesome for not being prepared, right?

Second Place!! whoop whoop!!

The OC Register did a little online photo album of the race that you can check out here: 5K runners ‘Fit to be Square’ in Fountain Valley.

There were 5 bajillion snails around because of the rain the night before...

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