I ran a small town 5K and it kicked my ass

As a lapsed runner, the last bit of the habit I’ve yet to kick is the part where I search and sign up for races. I’ve given up buying running clothes and you know, going for runs but inputting my credit card info into sketchy race websites  to purchase a 7am Saturday wake up call is a habit I just can’t quit.

I spent a weekend in Great Barrington, MA with my best bud Tricia.  In a ritual scraping of the internet, I found a local race in support of Volunteers in Medicine, a Great Barrington based health charity, was going on during out stay. The race was hosted by a local brewery called Big Elm Beer. I conferred with Trish, she was in and so we signed up. Tricia is my original running buddy. You may remember her from recent adventures such as the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

5k sheffield

We got to GB late Friday night, around 11pm but I didn’t fret since the 5K didn’t begin until 10am the next day.  It feels very on-brand to have a late start to a race hosted by brewery.

Saturday morning, we drove to Sheffield, Mass – which is about 15 minutes from Great Barrington (where my in-laws’ house is) and got our bibs.

There was absolutely zero information about the 5K route on the race website. I inquired at registration and learned it was an “out and back” and that it was actually more like 3.6 miles (a 5K is 3.1 miles). I have no feelings about this. Some people are really precious about race distances being accurate. That’s fine. I get that. But I knew I’d be riding the struggle bus no matter how long the route so no need to pretend that an extra few feet was going to be what crushed me. It was all going to crush me.

sheffield 5k

The race started a few minutes before 10am. What race starts earlier than listed? I guess all forty people who had pre-registered had already checked in so the organizers knew we were good to go.

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Tricia finishing the 5K

I ran up. I ran back. It really hurt. After I crossed the finish line and stopped running, I had the spins and felt sweaty and nauseous. That’s how Matt told me I should feel post-race. I left it all out on the field. So you know, mission accomplished. Back to the couch for me!

How’s your summer going?


  1. July 15, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    “Some people are really precious about race distances being accurate. ”

    Oh my, yes. I wanted to drop kick a woman yesterday who was screeching like a hoot owl at the course measuring 4.02 per her watch. Um, every NYRR one measures over because the tangents are impossible and you’re zig zagging. Put a cork in it

    • Nicole
      July 16, 2018 / 11:45 am

      4.02 is awesome. she did a great job running tangents

      • July 16, 2018 / 12:14 pm

        that’s what I thought too. But she was oh so very precious about it

  2. July 16, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I love you’re talking about searching for races and signing up being the last habit you have to kick! It’s something my coach has really had to beat out of me so that I don’t break myself during marathon training…although I still slide the sneaky one here or there (5k doesn’t count right?!) x

    • Nicole
      July 16, 2018 / 8:06 am

      Hahaha it totally counts.

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