Saturday, May 22, 2010
The Maple Grove 5K Race Report!
This morning I got up at 5:30 AM to get ready for my first 5k of the season! I ran in the Maple Grove 5K:) My daughter Kay was supposed to run this one with me but she did not. Last night she found out that there would only be six players for today's basketball games. Kay thought that she would not be able to bring her A+ game if she had to get up early and run a 5K. I don't blame her and ended up running solo this morning:) I had originally wanted to sign up for the half marathon but it was filled in late February. There were almost 600 half marathon runners and I had debated if I should run it as a wild renegade runner:) I was so close but chickened out at the last minute.
Look at this beautiful track:) This is my daughter's track....she is lucky to run on this baby every single day! It was just put in last summer and it is perfect! The start and finish of both the 5K and half marathon took place at the 250 meter spot on this track.
I watched the half marathon runners line up and the pacers found their spots. I have really enjoyed running with pacers for the past few half marathons and seeing them is what made me think about sneaking in on the half marathon action:) It was a little cooler this morning but I knew it was going to be humid. I know myself well enough to know that I do not perform well in heat or humidity. Yuck! I decided a 5K would be torture enough!
This picture was taken about 5 minutes before I took my spot on the track. When I was lining up I noticed that there really didn't seem to be very many runners for this distance. I had heard that there was supposed to be around 400 runners. I was thinking maybe there was about 200 of us standing in line. The gun went off and we all shuffled ahead on the track. We were off and running! There were several guys who just started out all gang busters and about 4 woman who passed me in the beginning. I just concentrated on keeping a steady pace and reminded myself that I was running this with a goal of just having a good run. I really didn't care what my time was...as long as it was under 25 minutes:) I was running fast but no too fast....well, that is what I thought. When I saw the 1 mile marker I looked down at my Garmin and it said 6:50!! WTH! I knew that I could do a mile under seven minutes! I had one training run where I attempted to run a fast mile and I think my time was 6:53. I was so excited to see that I was capable of doing a mile under that seven minute mark again! Woo hoo! After the excitement wore off, I said to myself, "Holy crap I better slow down or I am going to waste all of my energy!" Mile two was alright. I slowed down a bit and started to get thirsty. My mouth was dry and I really wanted water. Mile three is where I started to get a little tired. I had two guys pass me but there was never a female runner to pass me throughout the entire 5K! I had my eye on the woman in front of me who was in front of me since the beginning. When I saw her I guessed that she was in my age group. She pulled a little farther ahead of me during that last mile. I could see the football field coming up and I turned onto the road that led to the turnoff to the actual gates that led to the track. This part was up hill and I just kept thinking just make it onto the track and sprint it in! My feet hit that awesome track and it was glorious! God, I miss running on a track! It felt so wonderful under my feet:) I sprinted the last portion in and I felt fast and furious...I felt like I was flying...just like I did in my high school track days:) I felt happy to be running this morning and grateful to get a little time on my beloved track! I crossed the finish line and I smiled. I just ran an awesome 5K race where I felt incredible both physically and mentally! Honestly, that is all that I needed today and I was happy:)
I placed 20 out of 233!
I placed 5 out of 170 females!
I placed 3 out of 51 for my age group!
Final time 23:50!
This was not a PR for me but I didn't care. I was satisfied with how I ran and bringing home a little bling was nice too:)
I will link in everyone's giveaways tomorrow. Happy running, swimming, biking and lifting! Cheers to all of you!
Jamoosh is hosting a $20 Sombie Runner giftcard!
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Jamoosh is hosting a Thorlo Experia Socks giveaway!
Chris is hosting a fabulous Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp giveaway!
Adam is hosting a Scape Sunscreen and $30 giveaway!