7/6/10

WVA Ralph J. Reddington 5k - Race Recap

I really was surprised by how much fun I had running this 5k.

The week leading up to the race was a rather stressful one for me. Our schedule was busier than normal and my husband was out of town, etc, etc. I was not able to get any major workouts done the whole week!

I did get to swim with the girls from the neighborhood on Saturday. A full hour swimming is exhausting and little frustrating since I am still learning a lot.

Sunday morning (race day) I woke up every hour starting at 3 a.m. I always think I am going to sleep in and miss the race. I had a quick breakfast: whole wheat tortilla with raw unsalted almond butter, reduced sugar organic apricot preserve, and a big glass of water.

After breakfast I got dressed and debated if I should drive, bike or jog to the race... The start line was only a couple blocks away probably about 1.5 miles. I decided to jog over to the race. I was smiling the whole way there in amazement that I could just jog to the race start line from my new home.

When I left the house the family was still fast asleep. As we lined up at the start line I felt a little sad I didn't get to see them before the race started. Little did I know they had made it to the race but I couldn't see them with all the crowds--for some reason being 5'2" doesn't give you a birds eye view.

I felt strong running, my legs were well rested from my week off! I didn't check my pace or anything because I wasn't planning on running fast. When I hit the first mile there was a person calling out times my first mile was timed at 8 something!! So then I just got silly and challenged myself to keep the same pace and not slow down.

I love running with a group of people. I don't ever get the chance to do this on a normal basis, but it's fun to all of a sudden hear your cadence match someone beside you. It's encouraging and the rhythm can be hypnotic. When I reached the last turn my husband and kiddos were there cheering me on, it gave me just the boost I needed to sprint the last bit to the finish line.

It was a great race and I beat my PB record! I was able to shave 1 minute and 52 sec off my last 5k and 77 sec off my pace. This race was fun and enjoyable I can't wait for the next one!


Race Stats:
Official time: 27:01
Official pace: 8:42
Overall age: 8th

6 comments:

Pink and Polka Dot said...

you go girl! with your bad self!

Anna D. said...

Hey! I just came across your blog and love it. All of your recipes look wonderful.

fitfunandfabulous said...

Awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun race day!
PS - I'm dying over that cute pink shirt!

Tina said...

YOU ROCK B-DIZ!!

Simply Fit Mama said...

Thanks for the praise everyone, it really was a fun race.

Anna D. - Welcome, good to have you here. :) Thanks for the compliments on the recipes, hope you get a chance to try a few.

Pink shirt is from TJ Maxx for $10, I love it and it is super comfy.

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