Thoughts about running a race!

My first 5k went GREAT! I had fun and got to know how it feels to run in a race! The only problem is that I am not sure about what’s the correct stats. My Ipod says this: 22’51”

but when I crossed the finishing line, the clock said 26’10”. How is that possible? I’m confused 😯 Anyone had similar experience? that the race distance is longer than what ipod says?

5K is shorter than what I usually run by myself but I felt it more. Knowing that it was a race made me want to push myself more, although I didn’t plan at all to win or anything, just to have fun. To be honest, that was something that I didn’t like about running a race. I don’t want to make hobbies to be an obligation, that I run because I have to, that I have to train because I’m participating a race. I know for many people, a race and a training plan is a good motivation for them to start running and keep running. But for me, this is detrimental, it makes me want to scape, to not run. I might be a weird creature, but as I realized it yesterday I think I might not run for a race for a while, at least until this feeling goes away. 🙂

Q: What’s your thoughts about running in races?


For lunch I made another soba salad.

Stir-fry bell peppers and leek


sauce made with soy sauce with bonito flakes + sesame oil + bonito flakes (dried bonito or tuna fish, a typical ingredient in japanese cuisine)


soba noodles + zucchini “noodles” cooked and rinsed with cold water



mixed to serve 🙂



Dinner was steamed fish again! yes, I’m hooked with it! 🙂


a big bowl of stir-fry veggies with salted duck egg


millet & polenta porridge



I finish them all and felt bloated the rest of the night 😦

My day off was very “productive”: a race, two good meals, groceries and a  lot of Gossip Girl! 🙂 Now, time to go back to work 🙂

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12 responses to “Thoughts about running a race!

  1. Either ways those are both great times!
    Totally agree! Running should be fun! Last time I started training for a race, I got injured. I tend to push myself a little too much when I’m working toward something, but when I’m just doing it for fun I usually don’t get injured.

  2. Lori

    I’ve only run in two 5K races so I’m not sure but I do know the last race I ran I was 4 minutes back from the start line. So, technically that added 4 minutes to my time from when the race officially started to when I crossed the start line. Maybe that is your situation?

    That was an excellent time either way! It’s fun, isn’t it?

  3. I’ve never run in a race. I think what holds me back is that I won’t do as well as I want and will be disappointed because of it. Too much pressure!

  4. Both times are awesome, congrats girl! Love the soba noodle salad – looks delish!

  5. Dear Lord Coco – you smoked that race!!!!!!  lol

    Sometimes the clock at the finish reads differently because it took you a while to cross the start line.

  6. I agree with you, I don’t want to make my hobbies an obligation…it takes a lot of the fun out for me. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and did a great job running!

    That stir-fry looks really delicious, Coco!

  7. Congrats on your first 5k!

  8. Nice job with the run! Your lunch looks great!

  9. Great job on your race! Awesome time! 🙂

    I can get a bit obsessed when I sign up for a race, so I haven’t done one in a long time. I once actually got a very bad injury because I didn’t listen to my body and kept pushing myself too much. I am much kinder to myself these days…

  10. Congrats on your first race, great time!! I haven’t done too many races, but some people just really like that competition and training to keep them achieving more. Running isn’t really my thing and races may not be yours. Better to do what feels best for you 🙂 mmm those noodles look wonderful!

  11. Either way, those are both great times! Did you stop your ipod when it said you had gone 5k, or did you keep it going? If you started it right when you crossed the start line and stopped it right when you crossed the finish line, your time on your ipod should be correct. I’ve had trouble w/ my Nike + ipod fit, too. I tried to calibrate it, but sometimes it varies up to .5 miles off of the actual distance. Like other commenters said, sometimes if you don’t cross the start line exactly when they start the clock, your time will be off.

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