Biking to and Running the Belmar 5 Mile Race | #runchat #runner

Chris and I ran the Belmar Five Mile race on Sunday. We couldn’t justify driving down there and dealing with the parking headache on race day, so we opted to ride our bikes the four or five miles to get the best spot.

It worked out perfectly. We left with an hour before the race time which gave us enough time to casually ride down, walk around a bit, use the potty, and line up for the start.

We even killed some time taking photos.

And a few more photos… See that there, yep, it’s no muscle. I have not worked out in months to build muscle. I’m quite disappointed in my jello of a body right now, but in a few weeks there’ll be no more excuses!

Copying a favorite pose of Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat. She looks better doing it.

We lined up at the very back. I don’t know why I always do this. I could save myself a bit of walking and some time if I lined up further ahead like everyone else does. On the road they had chalk sayings for where you should line up (no one listened of course) and we lined up behind “Used to be Fast” next to all the older people…

That’s how many people lined up behind us… I was hoping to beat the final race car.

Cute shirt on the run – it said “Pathetic Runners” – yes, please.

And I survived what felt like running the Bad Water Ultra. Thank goodness the locals were out with hoses throughout the full sun course. It was five miles of extreme heat, no breeze, and water hoses. I was soaked by the end, and glad to be done.

I was super excited to get a medal! Now that we’ll have a forever home, I cannot wait to get a cool running metal rack to start storing medals. I only have 2, one for my half marathon and this one. I, um, am not sure if I even have the medal from my first half… I’ll have to see if I can find it. Whoops!

Official time: 58:42 / pace 11:44
Place: 2125 out of 2446
Age Group: 121

Yeah, my time stinks, but I’m proud to be under an hour considering I haven’t run more than a mile here or there really since last spring. I don’t think I’ve run regularly since my injury last spring, but I’m starting to feel better and taking better care of those tendonitis twinges when they arise. Once we move, I’m sure I will be back out there racking up the mileage (or maybe running on my very own treadmill <– wishlist).

I’m thankful that even though Chris hates running, he comes along for the journey. We stayed together for the first 3 miles, and then he told me to continue on. He finished in just over an hour and I was super proud of him for gutting it out. He never runs, and I mean, never.

Here’s me and all my post-race goodies.

I have gained a bit of weight staying at my moms, but it’s no fault of anyone’s but my own. Once we can get settled and are through this ginormous transition period in our lives, I have no doubt I’ll be kicking butt – my own butt – to eat healthier and to move my body lots more. It stinks to feel this way, but it’s only temporary. I’ll get there, for sure.

Overall, I love the Belmar 5. We’ve run it once before, a few years ago, and it was just as hot and difficult – except last time I got my first PR in a 5 mile race (50 min. even!). So, I’ll be back next year and I’ll be shooting for a new PR. Great fast, flat course, mostly sun, but the crowds are super supportive and this race has grown tremendously since the last time we did it. I also love that the fee hasn’t tripled like most races, still just $22 for all this goodness.

My desire to race and train has returned; go figure it was at a race hotter than ever!

– kn –