What a wild weekend. Over the weekend, I participated in the Ragnar So Cal relay as well as the Carlsbad 5000. Yes, I know this is post is out of order, but Ragnar is gonna be long so bear with me. The Carlsbad 5000 is an event put on by the awesome people over at Rock ‘N’ Roll. It is hailed as the world’s fastest 5K. So even though I was completely exhausted from Ragnar ending just the day before, I couldn’t say no to this race. It had been on my radar for some time, and with this 5K my mileage for the weekend would have been around the 20 mile mark. Hello long run haha. Think of it as my 4th Ragnar So Cal leg. 🙂
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I showed up in the morning and picked up my bib. I love that there is a race day pick up option for this race…and honestly I wish more races would do this. I know it is an administrative nightmare at times, but convenience rocks. That’s just me being selfish 🙂
After I picked up my bib, I ran into SO many friends! It always makes me happy to run into some familiar faces before and after a race.
The crew just kind of hung out in the corral before the race started. PS, if you think I am a rockstar, check out Carlee! She ran Ragnar with #TeamSparkle…as an ULTRA Team! And she showed up to the 5K ready to handle business! Before we knew it we were off to the races. I am familiar with Carlsbad. I race here a lot. This is Carlee’s neighborhood actually. So semi-home court advantage. All I wanted was to finish sub 30. To finish in the top 250 men would of been awesome, but honestly my legs were thrashed from Ragnar so I didn’t think that would happen. But I maintained a very steady pace of 8:25 per mile. The course is beautiful, the weather was great, and the people were fantastic. No complaints! Even saw my home girl Jen taking on her first race since she moved to California!
I admittedly didn’t look at my Garmin too much during this race. I ran by feel. How was my endurance holding up? What were my tired legs feeling like? Where can I made adjustments before Boston? All of these things were rolling through my mind but I felt great. Tired legs aside, I know I’ve done what I could in terms of training. I logged the miles. I logged the weight training. The hard work is done. Hell, I leave for Boston a week from tomorrow. So now it comes down to running a VERY smart race. I finished the Carlsbad race in 26:32 officially. Not fast enough for the top 250, but still happy with the sub 30.
Do I recommend the Carlsbad 5000? ABSOLUTELY! It’s a great race put on by great people. They even have a All Day 20K option! Which means you run 4 different heats throughout the morning. Big bling and a cool area to rest in between your heats. I knew my body wasn’t ready for that many miles that day. Maybe next year? After the race I hung out in the beer garden with my peeps and just laughed and enjoyed the morning. I needed the laughs. Now to taper down and get ready for Unicorn City! BAM! Speaking of which, I AM LESS THAN $1,000 AWAY FROM MY GOAL! Make a donation today and help me reach the finish line!
Thanks Carlsbad! As usual, you’ve been amazing! Let’s do it again!