Saturday, January 3, 2015

Race Report: Chilly Willy 5K

Welcome to 2015 and my first race report of the New Year!

I have been looking forward to this small, local race for a couple of months! My husband has been doing Couch to 5K and I suggested that we do a race to give him extra motivation and to start off the year with a bang! He agreed! He hasn't run in more than 5 years, and he has developed a few health issues in the last 18 months, so this is a good way for him to ease back into things! I chose this particular race because it is fairly close to home, and we will earn a free Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving by doing it! :)

After my broken toe had recovered back in November, I decided that I wanted to work on speed for the upcoming triathlon season. I have had a very hard time fitting in my workouts, which is unusual for me, but we have never been through Nutcracker before. Next time, I'll know better what to expect. And then my mom took us to Disney World the week before Christmas, and I ran while I was there - but then the last night we were in the parks, I fell and really hurt my knees. It hurt terribly right after it happened (clumsy me @@) but at least I was able to get back to the resort with my daughter (because this happened at 2:30 AM LOL). When I got back home I took 4 days off, as I would for any injury. I ran for the first time on Christmas day and realized that it did not hurt to run at all - it only hurt when I knelt down on my right knee. The bruises were horrible, but they were only tender to the touch. I had been dreaming of a 5K PR, but I accepted that it might not happen at this race.

The forecast did not cooperate with us very well! Mid 40s and 60% chance of rain? Not very nice! And when we woke up this morning, the weather guy had not let us down. It was chilly and drizzling. I'm honestly shocked my husband didn't say forget it. He hadn't been feeling well this week and hadn't run since Tuesday. Yet he got up and did the best he could for a non-morning person!

We picked up our bibs and the cute race hoodies (will post a picture of them later - it's still raining @@) and then came back to the car to get out of the weather.
Hubby is ready to go. Or as ready as he'll ever be!

Selfie in the car trying to keep warm!
About 15 minutes before the start we got out of the car and hit the bathrooms and went to the start line. My Ironman friend was there to run her first race in more than 5 months, since she was injured and had to drop out of IMChoo. It was the first time I'd seen her in too long! I also met a lady from one of my Facebook triathlon groups... we both were wearing our Augusta 70.3 hats!

Hubby and I weren't running together - we tried that during his training and it didn't work too well! LOL But we started out together and for now, I'll see him at the finish. Once he gets more miles under his belt, he'll be faster than me again! I took off at a fairly good clip, as well as I could with the small crowd. It thinned out fairly quickly, though. I have had a couple of really good runs this week, so I decided to give it all I had, unless I started to feel any pain. I was wearing my old running shoes due to the weather, so I wasn't sure if I would feel any twinges related to the shoes.

 The drizzle was quite manageable when we started. The first mile or so was pretty much up hill. I was expecting this, though, because we were basically running the reverse route from the Super Sprint triathlon that I did last year. However, when we turned the corner around the mile 1 marker, we were greeted with a headwind. It was not run. But I was really focused. A few times I thought, "It's OK if I don't PR today." and even though that was true, I kept quickly reminding myself that I still needed to give it all I had! Every run or race (or workout in general) has a purpose, and this one was to try to PR. If I gave it all I had and didn't PR due to the weather or the course or my knee, then so be it. But to miss a PR because I didn't have the heart to give it all I had simply wouldn't do.

Once I hit the 2nd mile marker, I realized that I was on pace to set my PR and maybe even get an age group award. I didn't see many women ahead of me, and surely the ones I could see couldn't all be 40-44, right? LOL I remembered the course pretty well for the last mile and remembered that there was only one more uphill. But I also knew that I was starting to lose my momentum due to the headwind. I started telling myself, "I can do anything for 10 minutes!" ;)

Finally I hit that last hill on the last mile and made the final two turns - and there was the finish line only 1/10 of a mile away! A guy picked up his pace to pass me and I tried to keep up but I couldn't. However, I did increase my pace at the end and that was fun to cross the finish trying to catch him! I finally looked at my Garmin and I was pleased to see that I had my race PR - 28:31!! (My official time ended up being 28:39 because this was a gun start with a chip finish. Still a PR by about 21 seconds, and the time I will keep as my 5K PR. I ran a 28:18 at Disney World but that was completely flat and perfect weather and not in a race!) 

My Ironman friend soon followed behind me - completing her race with NO PAIN and in a very good time to boot! And then I see my hubby come down the stretch! We start calling out to him and he starts dancing and being all goofy! I wouldn't expect anything less from him! I'm so proud of him and his time was very strong as well!

Here he comes!!

We stayed for the awards since it was a fairly small field and, to my enormous surprise, I won my first OVERALL award! I was 2nd Masters Female (in other words, I was the 2nd fastest old lady in this race LOL). The reason I didn't see anyone else ahead of me who looked my age is because the Masters Female winner finished about 4 minutes before I did and looked very young. I should have asked for proof of age! ;) I can't describe how thrilled I am at getting this award!! I got a coffee mug, which I will use for hot chocolate, and a nice medal!

My hubby and I keep laughing at the word OVERALL being in all caps - on the internet you're yelling by using all caps so we say "OVERALL" in a very loud voice when we say it. And I've been saying it a lot. Too much, probably!

Frozen me with my medal and mug for being 2nd OVERALL female! :D
This race was, needless to say, fantastic! I felt strong throughout! I PRed on a decent course in less than ideal conditions. And at the finish line, I didn't feel like I was going to hurl. That was not the case when I had my previous 5K PRs! It feels like huge progress to me, and that is always a good feeling!

I have managed to break both of the ANT devices for my Garmin so I can't upload my workouts, but I am able to view some data directly on the watch. Check out what I saw when I looked at my mile breakdowns:

My Fastest Mile EVER!
It's incredible to me that I can run a sub 9 minute mile - and keep it up for an entire mile! Amazing! And that last 1/10 of a mile when I was trying to keep up with that guy? 8:10/mile! LOL I was trying my very best! :D

I am celebrating my OVERALL 2nd place Master's finish all day - and maybe into tomorrow. In case you see me, you may want to run the other way. Just a warning.

Hope everyone is having a very Happy New Year. I know 2015 is starting off on a great note for me!

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