Monday, August 12, 2013

Racing to Remember 5k - Race Report

This 5K wasn't initially on my race calendar.  I'm not a huge fan of racing in the summer, especially since I haven't been training in it (until my half training started a few weeks ago.)  A friend of mine decided to run it in honor of her dad, so I joined her.  We did this race last year, and it wasn't one of my favorites but you can't beat a race for a good cause.

Friday morning, my alarm didn't go off (or I managed to turn if off in my sleep).  That meant paranoia Saturday morning.  I woke up at 4:30, and never let myself go back to sleep fully - more like dozing every 10-15 minutes to make sure I got to the race on time.

On time is an understatement.  I ended up getting there so early, the registration table wasn't even ready for me.  I hadn't preregistered, so I got a chance to scope out the t-shirt before committing $5 to it.  I hit the porta-potty, then played on my phone until Christal and Kristi arrived.

Having ran the race last year, I felt pretty familiar with the course.  Flattish, with a bit of a downhill finish.  I didn't have a real pace plan, but figured anything close to 8:30 range would be good.  I was hoping to pick it up towards the end, but I'm notoriously bad at negative splits in short races.

Mile 1 - 8:24

I tried to pick up my pace a bit, but the humidity was horrid (90%+).  I quickly knew I'd be doing well to maintain my pace.  Swinging wide at the turn (last year the course was short) I tried to pick it up with no luck.

Mile 2 - 8:25

In the last mile, there is a bit of an incline before the downhill finish, cause that's how uphills work. I tried to push without puking.  I suspected I was 1st in my age group, I only had to maintain to reach this racing milestone.  My pick up on the downhill wasn't enough to make up for the sluggish uphill.

Mile 3 - 8:41

About a quarter mile to go, I started to push so hard I suspect I might vomit.  Between that and the horses chasing me on the side of the road, I'm quite pleased with my final kick.

0.1 - {7:42}

Yes,  there were horses.  Yes, this run was held on a major 4 line highway.  No, the horses weren't behind a fence. 

Final time - 26:32 

Christal finished shortly behind me and we grabbed someone to get our picture.  She ended up earning a 2nd place A/G award (turns out the woman ahead of me who I was unsure about is Christal's age.)

The night before, Kristi had asked me to help her finish like last year.  I grabbed my water and trotted back to her - encouraging her to walk/run the last half mile or so for a strong finish.  I'm very proud of her!  She ended up with a 3rd place A/G award.


I was about 45 seconds from a PR (I'm getting so spoiled to expect them these days), but I didn't get too upset about it.  After looking at the results, my first official 1st place A/G win more than made up for it!


  1. Hooray for you! You did great!

  2. Congrats! So exciting that you got first in your age group. Your times are SO impressive!

  3. WHOHOOOOOOOOOOO bling-baby-bling!! congrats!

  4. Wooo hoooo!! Congrats on a 1st place A/G without even training for it!

    P.S. I'm obviously playing catch up tonight. You may want to read my latest blog post... :)