Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shamrock Run 5k Race Recap

I didn't remember to take my camera so I didn't get ANY photos at the race, so I snapped a quick one of my race outfit when I got home.


   
I really love this skirt.
The weather felt a little cool to start with but I ran a 2.5 mile warmup and got warm so I knew I would be fine in that for the race.

I was a little nervous going into the race, I haven't raced since Thanksgiving day, which was a little while ago, so I wasn't sure how my legs would feel.  I also haven't done a lot of short race type speed work.  Mostly just a bunch of 800 intervals (I really need to branch out a little).

The gun went off and so of course did hundreds of Garmins beeping to announce they too were starting.  I love that sound for some reason.  We took off and I tried not to start to fast, but crap everyone else did, I looked down at my watch at about .20 miles in and saw I was doing 6:12 pace.  That wasn't going to work.

I slowed up a bit and reminded myself to run my own race and let everyone else run theirs.  I also reminded myself how much I love passing people who went out too fast later in the race as opposed to being the one getting passed because I went out too quick.

About that point was also the big hill which made it really easy to slow my pace a little.  I held steady around 7:10 pace after that.  I also started passing people who had started too fast around the half mile mark, man I love that.  I was feeling strong and awesome when my garmin beeped 1 mile at me. 

Mile 1 7:00 even  I felt good about this didn't seem too fast and I was feeling good

I reached the half way point and turned around (the course was an out and back) INTO THE WIND.  At this point my legs were starting to feel fatigued and it was a bit of a downer to know that I would be running into the wind all the way back.   At this point I was 5th girl.  There was a bit of a gap at this point between me and the next person up.

I STARTED GETTING PASSED!

I hate being passed.  Means other people are maintaining or finding a new gear or I am fading out.  Or all of the above.  When I got passed by two girls, I dug deep and managed to shift gears. to a faster one, thank goodness.

I kept up with the girls, one of who GASP, was wearing a tank that was CLEARLY not for running, biking or any other sport.  neither were her shorts.  Call me a running snob or whatever but this goes in the category of being beat by kids and really old people.  You just don't think it should happen!

Mile 2 6:58 Apparently despite feeling fatigued and running into the wind, I did alright.

At that point I started trying to remember why I like to run 5ks.  They are crazy, they hurt, you are pushing so hard the whole way.

My legs wanted to quit.  I started searching for mantras to pull me through. 

"This isn't supposed to feel good"  Great because it doesn't

"You love racing"  I do? Really, cuz this hurts!

"1 mile, you can do 1 more mile"  I can do one more mile

"You are tougher than this"  I am, crap I am being a damn wuss, I am not a wuss I am one Tough Chik!

Then my hand caught on my ipod cords and pulled them out of my ears, aack, that kept me distracted enough to forget about the pain for awhile and get me back on track.

Turned down the hill to the homestretch and heard the beep at three miles, but couldn't look.  Pushed as hard as I could through to the finish even though my legs felt like they were about to fall off and cry.  I wanted to puke, I wanted to rest, but more than anything I wanted to finish under 22 minutes.  I wanted to impress myself.

Crossed the finish line in 21:47.  Third mile was 6:56.  Don't know how I pulled that off, must have been the down hill and last .13 was in 52 seconds at 6:37 pace.  I came in 6th girl I think.

I was so happy to get across the finish line and have my pace for the race be 6:57!  Woot!  I was expecting more like 7:10 and hoping for 7:00.

Race 1 for 2012 DONE!

I didn't stick around for the awards, I will just have to wait till later this week to find out.

Did I mention I love 5k races!  So brutal, so intense and such a great way to get mentally and physically tougher. 

Yay also for my Pure Flows they were amazing to run the race in.

34 comments:

  1. awesome job! You knocked it out of the park!

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  2. Way to go, Christy!!!! Rocking outfit too. That skirt is adorable. :)

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  3. That is amazing!! I also love that skirt. So cute!!

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  4. Yay! Great job!! I am always impresses with your times:) I also love passing the people who started out too fast. So much fun:)

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  5. Christy, way to rock your first race of 2012!! Congrats on a speedy time!

    And wow, you had already run 2.5 miles for a warmup beforehand. You are such a smart runner, I almost never warm up before I race...I need to change that probably!

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  6. Congrats on a great race!! I am proud of you! :) Great job!!!

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  7. Amazing job, congrats on a great race! I am a runner snob too so I totally know what you mean about the girl who clearly wasn't wearing running attire. I once got passed by a lady wearing a matching juicy couture velour jumpsuit. Really? That pissed me off! Never again will someone beat me with "juicy" written across their butt!

    Can't wait to hear what the official results are.

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  8. Oh, I also love the lulu skirt!!! That is a skirt I would wear :-)

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  9. Okay, you are a snob!

    Fun recap.... glad you were pleased with your time, too. Cute outfit. Love the stripey socks, a lot!

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  10. fantastic job!!!! I am glad the Pure Flow are treating you better than they were treating me!! ha ha!

    you are not a snob...I think the same way and I am not fast!!!

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  11. Well done! You're super-speedy and 6th is fantastic!

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  12. You are awesome!! Way to go :) Glad you had a great race even though it has been a while.

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  13. I saw your twin this weekend at my race!! Do you have any family that lives in Utah, because I swear you two looked exactly alike - and she was just as speedy as you! :)

    Great way to start out 2012!!

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  14. Thanks for dropping by Mom's Home Run. I really like your skirt, with the tiers! I didn't know such running skirts existed.

    I hate being passed too, but passing others makes me unexpectedly nervous.

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  15. Awesome job! Getting passed always motivates me!

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  16. You're so right about 5K's! They take you to that really uncomfortable place but getting through it with a PR at the end makes you feel like you've done something pretty great! Good story of the race!!

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  17. Great job! Love the negative splits-that's the way to run it. I don't now that I share your love of 5ks, though... ; )

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  18. Awesome job!! I hate 5k's for the same reason you love them ;). Too brutal and intense! I need to stop being such a wimp.

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  19. Great job!!

    Glad your PureFlows are working for you - trying mine out this week :)

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  20. Amazing job Christy!!! I'm the same way about little kids and old people...yeah and there were a few people out there yesterday in street clothes that I WAS NOT letting pass me!!! I love when you are in a race and once you hit the mile marker you can hear everyone beep!!

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  21. Congratulations on your run! You are ridiculously fast, woman! :-)

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  22. Congrats Christy!!! To negative split with a headwind is seriously amazing. Wow so proud of you girl. Love the outfit!!

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  23. Way to get through those mile. Miss Speedy.

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  24. THAT is a great way to open your racing season!

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  25. Awesome racing...just got PureFlows for myself this weekend and going to test them out in a bit!!

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  26. Your race outfit is too darn cute! Great race Christy! Way to finish in the sixes!!

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  27. great job and your skirt is too freaking cute!!

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  28. I love that you channeled my post about your worst race nightmares about who can pass you in a race. :)

    Great job on the time and if you lived around here, you would have gotten an award :)

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  29. Fantastic job! LOVE that skirt too! You are speedy- way to rock your first race for the season!

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  30. Awesome Job!! Love that skirt!!! :)

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  31. Congrats on your race! I just did my first 5k this fall (after running longer distances for 11 years) and had the exact same time. :) Redheads need to stick together! I'm running another one in three weeks and am nervous about it. I can't say I love 5k's, like you said they're so intense! I feel like I'm dying that last mile.

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  32. Great job Christy! Hope you won an award! I felt the same way in the 5K I did the day after my 15K in the fall when a woman wearing short shorts and a tank top that wasn't covering much passed me. I passed her when I sprinted to the finish as she struggled to keep from walking.

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