F^3 Fleet Feet Elmhurst 5K – 2/28/21

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fan of virtual races. So I was excited to see the F^3 5K race series, which was made up of races at local Fleet Feet locations.

Because of the cold weather and snow, I hadn’t been able to get much running in since November. Pretty much everything had been walks on an indoor track to keep the legs loose. Because of this, I knew the first few 5Ks would be a challenge. Even still, I was eager for the opportunity to race in-person again and signed up.

The race itself had its ups and downs. Between the puddles, hills and the unintentional snow marker ‘hit’, there were challenges. But there were also successes when I was able to find a rhythm during chunks of the race.

I am grateful to Natalie for guiding for me. I’m also grateful to her for pushing me up the final hill. The 5K finished with a 1/10th – 1/5th of a mile hill climb. As we got to the bottom of that hill, I wasn’t thrilled to climb it. She helped to motivate me on to make it to the top of the hill and finish.

While it wasn’t perfect, it was good to be out racing again. I’m looking forward to the start of the 2021 Triathlon season next weekend!

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