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Monday, March 30, 2009

Race Report: Running to Beat The Blues 5k

The race that should be called... Running to Become Blue Because You Miss Your 5k PR by a total of 1 Freaking Second and The Two Girls Who Own You in Your Age Group Were There and Beat You Again.

Hmm... I have a feeling that wouldn't look too good on a t-shirt.

Yes. I finished this race with a time of 24:33. My 5k PR? Yeah, it's 24:32. Could I have ran 2 seconds faster and beaten my PR... No.

This race kicked my ass. I couldn't remember what my actual 5k PR was (I know... it's a problem). But I did know that my splits for the PR were 7:55. So, I knew I had to do better than 7:55.

I started off well... too well, I think... I had a 7:50 first mile. I seriously think that is the fastest I've ever run in my entire life. The next mile, I followed a couple of hot dudes and managed a 7:54. But that is where it all fell apart folks...


After the second mile, I felt like I was going to die. And not my typical overly dramatic "oh I'm going to die." But seriously die. I tried to push myself to keep on keeping on. But I was fading. My stomach was knotted with side stitches and my legs were dead and heavy.

I ran that 3rd mile in 8:01. The longest 8 minutes of my entire life, I tell you.
So, yeah... I finished in 24:33. Big freaking deal. I did however... place 3rd in my age group. Behind the two chicks ahead of me in the Grand Prix. Arg!!!!!!!!!
The goody bag should have had tequila and a prozac in it.

9 comments:

trialsoftraining said...

thats still a Great time!! PR or not...Congrats!! :)

aaand I love your idea for the race packet.haha! you should be in charge next year!

RunnerMom said...

One second away from your PR is still awfully good!

Those race pictures are great. If I may say so, you are looking very thin and toned! (Much better pictures than the one at the Loveless Cafe.... I chuckled at your description of yourself.)

J said...

You look great in the race pictures - i am sorry you came so close and didn't get a PR. Keep up the great work though!

Vandy-Montana said...

Maybe you shouldn't have been drunk for the race...oh wait, that was me.

Rhoni said...

At least aches and pains aside it was only 1 second behind and not minutes...and dang girl...look at those sexy legs!!!

Spike said...

1 sec, wow that is close. look at it this way, you managed to almost break a 5K pr at the end of your marathon training. you are getting faster!

Anonymous said...

Spike has it right. Marathon training is not the time to be hitting 5k PRs. I know it's tough for you since you went from one marathon season straight into the next, but just think how smokin' your 5k time will be when you take a couple months away from distance training!

Chic Runner said...

Ah I know the feeling all too well. Oh well at least you were close! :) Looks like a tough race and you look great in all your pictures

Melanie said...

I think you still did amazing! it was raining!!! I'm hoping that this year I can make my own Grand Prix attempts... I should be back to racing by the time it starts over.