Philly Half Marathon Training Week 9 + 5K Race Recap

Another great week of training in the books! And another good 5K race yesterday. Now it’s time to start adding more weekly mileage so I’m ready for this half marathon in November. 

Here’s this week’s training:

Monday: Was supposed to do a lifting session but took an off day.

Tuesday: 1 mile warm up, 10×1 minute at 5K pace with 1 min jog in between, 1 mile cooldown. Was running about 8 min. pace and felt really good!

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 3 mile run + strength training. It was raining so we had to run indoors. I really hate the treadmill for steady runs, so I decided to add in some strength too. Here’s the workout we (my mom and I) did after a 1 mile warm up:

Friday: 6 mile run. Had to do my longer run on a Friday because I knew I wasn’t doing it Saturday (Rutgers football game) and Sunday we wanted to run a 5K. Felt great! We did a tempo run of sorts. 3 miles at easy pace, then last 3 miles at 9:24, 9:30 and 9:09. 

Saturday: Off

Sunday: 5K Race – 28:36. Recap below.

5K Race Recap

This race was the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer 5K. I really did not like the organization of this 5K. And I feel really bad saying that because it was for such a good cause but this race could be improved. 

First of all,  the race was set to start at 10:30 AM but didn’t actually start until 11:00. It was already 80 degrees by that time. I feel like if you set a start time, you need to stick to it. People show up expecting that time, and what if you’re warmed up and then have to wait around an extra 30 minutes? Am I alone in this?

They started late because they were giving out awards for top fundraisers, which is great. Definitely good to acknowledge those people. But you need to do that either earlier than the start time or after the race. 

Second, the walkers were supposed to start at 10, and runners at 10:30. But everyone started together. They released the walkers about 5 minutes before the runners and simply told them to stay to the right to let runners pass. Most of the race was on a paved sidewalk. What sense does it make to have walkers go out first and take up sidewalk space? Because many who were with friends didn’t stay to the side – runners had to say excuse me or squeeze through. Walkers should go after runners in my opinion.

Now for the pros – besides that, they had great food and a live band afterwards. They also gave out gold, silver and bronze medals to winners/age group winners. I think they just need to work on organization a bit more.

Okay besides all that, here’s how we did: 

Despite the heat and a huge hill in mile 1 which wiped me out, I still finished only 3ish seconds slower than my last 5K a few weeks ago (which was the faster 5K I’ve ran in probably over a year). I took about 3 walk breaks, so I’m really happy with the time I got. I think that on a cool day and flat course I could run under 28 minutes – but I guess we have to wait and see!

I also won 3rd in my age group! My mom took this candid of me :)

5k Race

My next 5K will probably be sometime in mid-October. I really hope I can break my 5K PR of 25:43 before this season is over! Here’s one last picture of my mom and I post-race:

Have you ran any races recently? What’s your favorite distance/PR?


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  1. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when races don’t start on time! People plan their food, bathroom breaks, etc around a specific start time. And to have walkers start 5 minute before runners makes absolutely no sense. But congrats on the age group win.
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    • exactly!! It really makes no sense. I’m considering emailing them some critiques haha but I also don’t want to come across as b*tchy.
      But yeah I was all warmed up and ready to go by 10:25…and then ended up standing there at the starting line, in the sun (no shade) for 30 min.

  2. I absolutely agree with the amount of time given between runners and walkers…I would have been annoyed. But good job, nonetheless. You should think about blogging about the wedding planning, too! Very into that lately.

  3. A late start is annoying, but having the walkers start first makes no sense! But, it didn’t slow you down too much!
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  4. I hate it when races don’t start on time too. I find it really annoying. Congrats on placing in your age group though. I just signed up for a race in January. I am hoping to fit in a 5k during the holidays too. Honestly I am getting the itch to sign up for more races by the end of this year but really trying not to overtrain and get injured..
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    • finding a balance is good. I do about 1-2 5ks per month right now. I love 5ks! They’re challenging but also over within 30 minutes :)

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