Not only did I improve my time by over a minute, I ended on a 26!!! Just before 2 miles:
The race was AWESOME. I was really stiff and not feeling that energized when we left at 6 this morning for the lightrail. We woke up at 5 and stumbled around to make a mini breakfast. I had a piece of toast with mashed banana, PB & J, plus a drizzle of honey.
And Sarah reminded me of the energizing effects of caffeine before a workout, so I had a TINY cup of coffee with milk –
We left for the lightrail at 6 and ran a nice 1.3 mile warm up to get there. It was dark and cold, but we had adrenaline! My breakfast was sloshing around a bit, but I survived. Sarah and me on the lightrail, which we JUST made because it was 10 minutes early!!
Once uptown we still had 5-6 blocks to walk to the race start. There were TONS of people everywhere and we had to wait in long lines to get our chips. And it was really cold and I was getting stiff. I have no idea how, but our other teammates Melisa and Tom, from Greensboro, found us in the crowd 🙂
And then we were off!!!!!!! There was really bad bottlenecking at the beginning – I was hitting people left and right. I actually ran the first half mile on a sidewalk because the street was too crowded. I feel like I could have gained a few seconds if it weren’t for the crowds during the first mile.
The husband was so fast he didn’t run, he hovered!
Sarah + Melisa. Thanks to Josh and Tom for being the photographers!!
Me at about 1.75 miles, right before a huge hill. Charming photo of me –
The first mile was relatively flat, or at least the hills were short and were over quickly. I felt really fast and strong and did my best to sprint through the crowds. We were in a cool neighborhood too, which made the scenery more fun. But right before the 2 mile marker we headed back into the city and started up a really long low-grade hill. It probably went on for at least half a mile, or maybe even longer! I really thought I was slowing to a 9-minute mile, but I didn’t want to look at my watch. Although I was passing people, I felt sluggish and got a cramp in my side. That hill was KILLER. But I just kept running as fast as I could and soon enough we were rounding the final stretch, which I would guess was about half a mile long. I heard a man say “it’s all downhill from here” and knew I had to start sprinting. I looked at my watch for the first time and saw that I was at 21:23 and could see the finish in the distance. I knew I could beat my record time of 24:48 from 2007 at this point and sprinted the entire way in! I have to say, you guys were on my mind the whole stretch 🙂
At the finish line!!
My official time was 23:26 with an average mile of 7:41.
The husband = 20:39!!!!!!!! With an average mile of 6:47!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was his first timed 5K as an adult and he had no idea how he’d do. I have to say I’m very impressed!!
Sarah was 24:24 – stellar!
Melisa clocked in at 29:30 – a whole 2 minutes faster than her record time!
Let me take a moment to thank you all again who donated on behalf of Team KERF! The $1,367.60 we raised was totally by chance. I just decided to run a race and then found out we could form teams and thought I might be able to raise a few dollars. I never thought we’d have so much success and generosity come from all of you. So THANK YOU once again!!!
Breast cancer has touched a number of my friends and family –
- My Grandma Younger
- My mother-in-law, Karen
- My mom’s writing partner and good friend Lisa Flinn
- And family friends of ours, including both mom’s of my sister’s college roommates who are still battling the disease.
I wore an “In Celebration” sign on my back while I ran
After the race we had some free coffee (I just had 2 sips of the husband’s) and a smoothie from Smoothie King (a tiny half cup). How come there aren’t cool bars like Lara and Clif at MY races!?!?!
We moseyed back to the lightrail and made the trek home, including another 1.3 mile jog back home. All in all, I think we covered about 6.5 miles this morning!!! My legs sure feel it 🙂
As promised, Team KERF members were treated to a post-race oatmeal buffet!
We made a 6X batch in our huge pot and portioned it all out into an assortment of bowls by weight so that everyone got an equal portion (since the bowls were all different sizes and it was hard to eyeball)
The Guest Batch:
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups vanilla soy milk
- 2 cups water
- 5 small bananas
- 3 tbsp vanilla
- 5 pinches salt
- About 3/4 cup spelt berries
- Toppings galore!
With a tiny bit more coffee
And I’ll end with this goofball sporting a free pink scarf
We’re off to relax a bit (perhaps take an Ibuprofen) and then head out to Great Grapes by bike!! Let’s hope it turns out better than last year’s non-memory.