This was my first time really racing two days in a row and I was not sure what to expect. Yes, at Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach I had done the Mile in The Sand on Saturday and run the Half on Sunday, but I didn’t race either, both were nice and slow and just for fun. I had really raced the Savannah Half on Saturday, I pushed my hardest and was so happy to meet my goal, and now here I was a day later sore and expected to run a 5K.
I crashed into bed at like 7:00 to rest, stretched, rolled, wore compression socks, everything. However, my right knee and quad muscle directly above it had pretty much decided they were going to stage a rebellion and just not work at all…ouch, ouch, OUCH! This is my, super fake, it is only 3 miles you can push through the pain smile.
They called everyone to the start area about 15-20 minutes before the race and it was quite the cluster. Then, about 5 minutes before start time they sent guys out with signs to hold saying 7:00 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00 and instructed you to move toward the sign that was closest to the pace you would be running. Well people had already been standing in one spot for at least ten minutes so nobody moved. This didn’t really bother me because I was just running for fun and trying to make it through post half, but if you had really wanted to push it, it would have been very frustrating to have the groupings so messed up. One suggestion I would have is that next year, since this was their first year doing the 5K, they have the pace signs out well in advance so people can line up in the correct area. Instead of the huge cluster it turned into.
I waited and started with the 10:00 group and figured I’d hope to hold that pace and see how my leg held up. OUCH! That first mile hurt like crazy. Everything was so sore and tight. I began to think about how in the world people do back to back races. Like those crazy yet awesome people who run a half one day and then a full the next… I was struggling to even make it through three miles.
While I was sore and in some pain, normal post race pain nothing injury like, I just keep chugging along and pushing through and soon mile one was done. I focused on anything except my tight legs, the leaves falling, the nice cool weather, passing that girl in front of me, oh and now that guy in the yellow, okay get that lady in the pink, and before I knew it I was almost done. Three very sore miles finished…woohoo!
The finish line was cool. Right inside their minor league baseball stadium so friends and family could sit in the stands and watch you run across the finish (home plate area). That also meant decent amounts of stadium parking and indoor toilets instead of port-a-potties which was rocking.
Seriously, it is the little things in life. Like not having to go pee in a green box outside.
Considering how much my knee was bothering me, and how slow and tight I felt I was surprised when I saw my final pace (I didn’t pay any attention to my Garmin on this one) and wished I had about 5 more seconds of push in me.
Overall, I will definitely be signing up for the Savannah half marathon again next year as it is by far my favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll course I have done (so far).
In the first year for the 5K I think they did an awesome job with the location as the baseball field seemed to have lots of great amenities (parking, bathrooms, etc.).
They do need to still work out a few first year kinks like the start line, but I am sure they will take care of that and the course was wide enough that it was not too hard to run around the people who started in the wrong spot.
I will do the 5K next year if it is offered the morning after the half marathon (like at 8 or 9:00), but because of travel don’t think I will be able to stick around and wait until the afternoon to run it (this year it was not until 1:00pm).
Have you raced back to back days before?
If so what distances and how did you do it?
If not would you?