I woke up refreshed around 6:15 a.m, ate a cinnamon raisin english muffin with some peanut butter and honey, then kind of goofed off some. After getting dressed around 7:25 a.m I went for what was going to be a 2 mile warm up run but ended up being a 1.15 mile run because my garmin kept losing satellite reception and my legs were a bit tight, it was frustrating now knowing if I kept it slow enough.
I headed to pick my sister up at 8 a.m and when we got there we both had to find a restroom so we ran to the first gym at the university, probably a quarter of a mile where I parked, then ran to the one next to it. Afterwards we stretched some, I felt ready and excited for it to begin. The songs were getting us pumped, we were goofing off a lot, hearing the Macarina or however you spell it, then.... I can't remember the others. We started off with a good pace that I didn't expect, around 9:20 though my legs felt a little bit like jello. The first downhill was nice, first mile was a 9:22 and we picked up the pace a little but then came a long and big hill that slowed us back down to around 9:20 and then I do remember seeing us below 9 min/mile at one point. The 2nd mile was a 9:19 pace, and I was really feeling great though I could see Shauna was struggling a little, but right after the 2nd mile a large hill appeared out of nowhere (I swear!) and kicked Shauna's butt horribly, I tried to stay with her but I saw my pace reach 9:41 and I wanted to pick it back up, she told me to go on. The hill just about did me in too, but I kept pushing it and told myself I was almost finished and I was doing really well. Third mile was an 8:58 pace and then the measily .1 was a 7:29 and I was giving the sprint all I had. Over all I had aimed for a 28:59 and I finished with a time of 28:29, I was kind of hoping for around 26 minutes after Wednesday's run but I was not expecting those hills and an elevation gain of 181 ft, and some of the course had concrete as hard as sidewalks or harder, and I could just feel the awful pounding in my feet. No photos (yet), DH didn't go with us so there were no finishing photos though I am not sure I'd want to see them.
It was a great race, I am happy with the results and now along with Wednesday night I know what I am capable of, I feel I gave today's race everything I could have given. Last year I dropped out of it, it was the first race after like 2 months of no running, 15 lb weight gain and 15 degrees, I had completely underestimated the toll my body had taken with the pregnancy and have spent some time dwelling on my dropping out from it. Now I can proudly say I made up for it.
Hearts on Fire 5k
Goal time: 28:59
Finishing time: 28:29 (Garmin)
Pace: 9:10 min/mile
Edited: Their results say 28:22 with a pace of 9:07....
Age Group - Female - 25-29 - Placed 13 out of 52 finishers!!
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5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace)
10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)
15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)
13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!
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Great job! Congrats!
PRs: 5K- 28:16 (5/5/13) 10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13) 4M- 41:43 (9/7/13) 15K- 1:34:25 (8/17/13) 10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14) HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)
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Sounds like you paced it well- nice 3rd mile! Way to go on beating your goal!
PRs: 5K: 25:35 / 10K: 53:03 / 10mi: 1:26:15 / HM: 1:55:02
Upcoming: Beat the Blerch 10K 9/21, Portland Marathon (debut) 10/5
Thanks ya'll, my sister joked that I should have done a warm up run on half the course so that I could have told her when she could expect to die.
DON'T TREAD ON ME
Great job FreesSoul. Yeah hills can really throw you off for sure, but you had a great time that exceeded your goal time anyway, even if it wasn't the time you thought you might get, so it's a definite win.
Can't wait to see the pictures!
Sorry you didn't get your 26 minutes but it sounds like you ran a good race anyway. Nice job, FreeSoul! Mmmm.....cinnamon raisin muffin...
Hills are tough, but you did great! Congratulations, girl! It won't take you long before you get a sub-26:00, I can tell you that.
PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013
Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013
4 years racing, 14 marathons, 14 BQs
It was definitely fun, I felt bad for my sis though.... I had a blast and I know hills just help make you stronger. 26 minutes was a big goal for me, my last great 3 mile run was in November and that was 28:15 so I bet if I had added another .1 it would have been around 28:29 too, so no biggie . Next 5k race I will be sure to kick some tail, and study the course as well.
I keep watching for the pics, I know there had to be a photographer out there somewhere dang it, I'll be a little upset if I don't see at least one picture of me lol.
Barking Mad To Run
Nicely done, way to beat your goal!
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt
Congrats! Great job!
Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
Next: San Francisco Marathon
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
Thanks! The more I think about it, I beat my goal time and I was goofing off during the first 2 miles, and the pace didn't begin to get difficult until after that hill. I am pretty pleased with myself, I had a blast and beat my pace and conquered an evil hill
PRs: Marathon (2:49xx; '13) Half (1:25xx; '12) 10k (40:26; '11) 5mi (29:23; '13) 5k (17:33; '13)
Congratulations on running even faster than expected! You ran a heck of a race on that tough course! Bravo!
Sweet...the breakfast that is. Oh, and the race too!
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