Saturday, May 12, 2012

Montana Women's Run 5 Mile Recap

 I picked up my race packet on Wednesday for the 5 mile Womens Run on Saturday.  The shirts are just regular long sleeve cotton shirts.  I keep hoping they will switch to tech shirts, but it wasn't this year.  They always have a pretty design for their shirts.  This year the shirts were a dark purple.
 There was a disapointing lack of swag in the bag.  Last year we at least got chapstick and some great coupons, a pen or two, some mints, and this year.. a fold up comb and mirror.  Race directions and our number. 

 The members of Team Beef Montana that were running the 5 mile met up before the race for a group picture.   All but one of the girls in the red tanks are on my Hood to Coast team. 
 This is a pretty big race for Montana. They tell the faster runners to go up front at the start, but you still see a lot of women at the front of the crowd who are not going to be running very fast.  Kind of annoying, but I have learned to just get right to the front so I don't have to do so much weaving at the start of the race.

The gun went off right at 8 am and we were off.  The first mile felt really good.   I felt great, my legs felt great, my breathing was under control.  I worked on holding an even pace and not going too fast too early in the race.  First mile split was 6:42.

Right after the first mile we turned and suddenly were running into the wind.  This kind of threw me a little and I was having trouble staying focused mentally.  I did pass a couple of girls in the second mile, but ran it a lot slower in 7:02

Miles three and four went by pretty fast and I was feeling pretty good and at the same time still having problems staying focused mentally.  I would start with a mantra and pretty soon would realize I was thinking about the wind or my hip or anything but focusing on the race and my pace would be slowing down.  Splits were 6:54 and 7:08

Mile 5 was with the wind again and I was catching a girl I knew in front of me, we spent most of the last mile leap frogging each other, I kept thinking wow we are really pushing each other and we were but still weren't going much faster than a 7 min/mile pace.  We were both pretty tired.  She ended up crossing the finish line in front of me, but we both finished under 35 minutes.
My goal was to beat last years time of 35:01 and my Garmin time was 34:58 for 5.06 miles for a 6:55 pace so I am happy with that.

Last year I won my age group and this year took 5th in it.  The girl who won my age group also ran in the Olympic Marathon trials earlier this year so I never feel bad about her beating me.

 Not everyone stuck around for awards.
And I got my new computer set up today so hopefully I will be back to blogging and catching up with everyone soon!



24 comments:

  1. Great job! Wow, you are one fast lady! I'm happy if I can do a sub-9 minute mile. :) Happy Mother's Day.

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  2. Great job!!! Happy Mother's Day!

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  3. Wow Speedy! Great job! Have a happy Mother's Day!

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  4. Congrats! Super fast!! :) Happy Mother's Day!

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  5. Congrats on the finish! I always find it funny when I do races from year to year and the competition gets tougher where your current finish could of had you basically winning the race. Lots and lots of great runners poping up like weeds these days!

    Hope that you have a lovely mothers days!

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  6. Amazing job today! I love the picture of the swag bag - you can totally see your face in the mirror!
    :)

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  7. Congrats on a great race! Thank you for representing Montana's beef industry while you race. Happy Mother's day. Enjoy your day

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  8. Wow! Not only are you fast, but you have some other fast ladies near you. Great job! And happy mothers' day, too!

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  9. Great Job speedster! Congrats!
    Happy Mother's day!

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  10. Great job!! I love how you positioned your face in the swag bag pic! :) Happy Mother's day!!

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  11. You are amazing! Great racing and Happy Mother's Day!!

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  12. Great job!!! Was this a PR for you? I always dislike cotton race shirts- I never wear them.

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  13. I can't believe you ran that fast and still didn't win your AG :) I wouldn't mind losing to someone who ran the Trials though! Great job on the race and I'm so impressed with your speediness!

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  14. Nice job speed racer!! Awesome race!

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  15. Great job quick chickie! That is super fast! I have noticed lately how little is being put in most of the swag bags. I didn't know if it was because I have been doing a lot of smaller local races or not. No samples or anything!

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  16. Wow, great job speedy woman! Love the tee design, too bad it was cotton.

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  17. Good job! You are speedy! I always try to get to the front as well, so I don't have to pass as many people!

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  18. Super speedy as always!!! Great job!!! LOVE the name of your running club btw...

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  19. Congrats on your race! You are amazingly fast. :-)

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  20. Congrats on beating your time from last year, you're getting even speedier! Especially since it was all windy, that makes SUCH a difference, ugh.

    and love how you fit your face into the swag mirror, very fun :)

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  21. Congrats on a great race. ITA, getting beat by someone who ran at the trials wouldn't be so bad.

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  22. Way to stay with it! And that's STILL a SUPER time! Great job!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  23. Congratulations! The shirt has a really cute design but you are right about doing a tech tee instead. I just wish races would give people the option to pay a little more and get a tech tee instead.

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