Running A 5K Race Today! (plus weekly workout recap)



Yep! I decided to sign up to run a 5K race this morning! As you may have noticed, I’ve been working a bit on my speed over the last few months so I figured why not test it out in a 5K.

I never liked the 5K. I’m not even so sure that I like it now. The 5K hurts in a different way from other races. Like, it may only be 3.1 miles but when you are racing 3.1 miles, it can be really tough!

I last ran a 5K a little over a year ago. And before that? It had been a few years! I don’t think I’ve run more than three 5K races in my whole running life!

Anyway, it’s COLD here this morning. I think the temperatures are in the low 30’s but the sun will be shining and there’s no wind so I should be fine once I’m moving. Of course I will bundle up, and run a warm up.

The 5K race I chose is actually on the course of my best ever 10K race (47:59). They no longer offer the 10K race option. It was cold in 2014 when I ran the 10K as you can see from what I am wearing in the picture.

I wish I knew where that ear warmer went, and on a related subject, one that I can barely talk about, I can’t locate one of my favorite Lululemon fluff over mittens. It has to be somewhere. I seriously can’t talk about it.


I’m hoping to recap the race in the morning! Or maybe I will update Instagram today. You can check for something there. I’ve been so bad with Instagram lately. It’s tough when you manage other social media accounts, your personal accounts tend to not matter.

So while I didn’t sign up for the race until Friday, I had it in the back of my mind all week. For this reason, I sort of took it slightly easier than usual. I mean, I don’t normally run too much more than this anyway but I kept the miles easy (and didn’t run yesterday) aside from Wednesday’s workout. Laura told me to try 6 x 1/4 mile at 5K effort, just to keep my speed fresh without overdoing it. So that’s what I did!

Monday – 5 Miles

Not much to say here, just an easy 5 while on the phone. It started to rain right as I finished!

5 miles

Tuesday – 45 Min Pure Barre

Wednesday – 6 Miles

In preparation for Sunday’s 5K, I followed what Laura told me to do which was 6 x 1/4 mile at 5K pace. It looked like this:

1 mile warm up + 6 x 1/4 mile 5K pace with 1/4 mile easy in between + 2 miles easy.

6 miles

Thursday – 5 Miles

Easy 5 while on the phone.

5 miles

Friday – 30 Min Pure Barre/Walk

I chose a shorter Pure Barre On Demand  workout so that I could go outside for a walk before getting my day started. The shorter Pure Barre workouts are still intense though! They cut some minutes by skipping/shortening the stretching sections but don’t really skimp on the exercises. In fact, I usually end up sore from the 30 minute workouts. I don’t know if it’s because they are lighter on the stretching or if it’s because the exercises are more intense. Maybe both.

Saturday – Went for a Walk

I don’t focus on distance or even time when I go for a walk. Maybe I was outside for an hour.

Sunday – Race!

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How do you feel about the 5K?

Is it super cold all of a sudden by you? Is it affecting your running?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

3 thoughts on “Running A 5K Race Today! (plus weekly workout recap)”

  1. Good luck on your race today! The 5k isn’t my first choice but I run a few every year when friends talk me into signing up with them. We had our first cold snap here and there was just enough moisture that the roads were icy yesterday…so given the choice between falling and doing a 10 mile run on the treadmill I chose the treadmill.

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