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Sunday, June 20, 2010

5k Redemption

Redemption has come to my way. Yesterday, I ran the Run for the Roses 5k. This is the fourth time I have run this race. I love the course and best of all, it is an ALL women's race. Great camaraderie and encouragement from fellow runners, not to mention incredible competition. There is nothing like a bunch of women who are racing.

I woke up at my usually time - 5:15 and tried to cat nap until 6am. I ate my luna bar and drank some water and relaxed getting everything ready. I picked up my speedy friend, Jeanette and we were off. I like to get to races about 1/2 early, but when we arrived at 7:25, the parking lot was PACKED. I think this race has gotten bigger over the years.

Nonetheless, we found a parking spot, got our chips and bibs, and heading to the bathroom. We hesitated at the LONG line, but got a quick tip that the bathroom over the hill had no line. It was close to our car, so we headed there, deposited the rest of our stuff in the car and headed out for a warm-up run. It really bothered us that so many women were just standing around. No one was warming up. I personally do not stretch before I run, but I also do a little jog. Good thing I did, because the chip was flopping and I needed to fix it. I would have either had to run with it that way or stop at the beginning of the race had I not tested out my gear. I decided to run with my water belt because my last 5k I did not and regretted it.

Jeanette and I had talked about running together, but I knew she would be faster than me. We both started near the front, but the "traffic" at the beginning was awful. Jeanette is a pro at racing and weaved in between the slower runners and was off. I did my best to follow her, but kept repeating over and over in my head, "RUN YOUR RACE, not Jeanette's". It was a nice course with lots of shade. Some of it had trails, so it felt nice to get off of the pavement, but the gravel hills made me very nervous. I was afraid I would turn my ankle and WAS NOT going to risk this on a 5k with marathon training right around the corner.

Lola beeped 8:00 for the first mile - good, but still too fast for me. At Jeremy's Run and the Germantown 5-miler I ran my first mile around 7:30, so I was thrilled I did not start of too fast... but I should have been running a little slower. Most of mile 2 was in the woods, and let me just get on my soap box for a minute:

If you decided to disobey the rules and run with your headphones on, PLEASE.... for EVERYONE's safety, do not have the volume up so loud that you cannot hear other runners. Twice I was pushed off the trail because the runner in front of me had headphones on and could not hear me approaching. Jeanette, who was in my sight, said she had a runner near her that she could hear her music the WHOLE time.... seriously, does your volume need to be that high that every runner can here your music? Some of us follow the rules - especially when they said right at the start line -NO HEADPHONES!

Okay, I feel better. Also, at about 1.5 miles there was a water stop.... perfect timing. I yelled for water since they seem to ONLY be offering Gatorade and the last volunteer in the line yelled back: "I got the water!" I grabbed it - took a sip and toss the rest on my body.

Like I mentioned, I could see Jeanette the whole time, but was really struggling with not trying to catch her. I was running my race. Lola beeped 9:14 for mile 2... I was getting better. The final part of the race was around a beautiful garden. 85% was in the shade, but the garden patrons looked at us runners like we were crazy when we were running around them. I wish they had closed the path as strollers and children were in my way twice. I trudged on and new I was coming up on 2.5 miles... and then I saw it... I saw a crowd of runners who were just now entering the garden. I started to swell up. The last time I ran this race, that was me. I was one of those runners who was being passed by the runners who were almost finished thinking... wow.... they are fast. Now I was one of "those" runners - YAY!

The last part of the race was hard for me for three reasons:
  1. I wanted to run fast, but it was a gravel trail and I was afraid of my footing and did not want to twist my ankle. I am a great finishers (if I may say so) - I ALWAYS sprint in... taking out at least 1 person - this time, my goal was not to get passed, but not to hurt myself.
  2. I was afraid that I may pick up my speed to fast and not have enough umphf to finish.
  3. I wish I had not wore my water belt for this race, because there was another water stop at mile 2.3 - nice!!! The water belt made me really hot.
As I crossed the finish line, I heard them announce my name (never happened before) and Lola said: 26:41.

And then my post race event started to happen: I ALWAYS dry heave after I stop. I try to walk around... it wasn't until a couple of races ago that I figured it out. I do not spit while I run and when I stop, my throat is filled with spit and I have to get it out. People around me think I am going to vomit... lovely volunteers want to help... but after about a minute, I am FINE. I can drink and I walk away embarrassed that I just did that. Not sure how I can rectify this, but I do not think spitting along the race will help. Any ideas.

Here is a pic of two hot chics after we grabbed some bars, Honest Tea and started heading home.

Official Results:

Time: 26:42 (Jeanette got 26:17)
59th out of 454 runners
7/51 (age group)

22 comments:

Suzy said...

Congrats on the speedy time!!!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Awesome job Jen! Congrats!

misszippy said...

Great job! And you looked fabulous too--love the orange skirt.

Tricia said...

awesome job!

lilmeg said...

HOLY SPEEDY! Congrats! You earned it.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Holy Smoley - that is pretty fast. Way to go - glad you kept your footing on the gravel.

Lauren said...

Nice job! That is super closet to my PR :D

ajh said...

Hey I did this too! With my daughter! We won the mother/daughter division. I posted about it. I worried about the gravel but also the bumpy grassy part near the beginning was a real ankle turner.

MJ said...

wow! you are super speedy! I'm still one of 'those runners' that stand in awe of the fast runners like yourself. Congrats!! :)

Updating My Status... said...

Great job! That's awesome and your times is so great! I'm envious. :)

Michelle said...

Great job! You are speedy! Yikes on the gravel - I would have worried about the same thing.

Kirsten said...

Excellent race! Great details, seems like a nice course. I completely get the headphones issue and I never warm up for any races I run. Also, how annoying to have STROLLERS on the course!!!! Fabulous time girl, you are only going to keep getting faster!

Mark said...

Congrats!!! Good job getting warmed up before the race! That is essential for a 5K.

Janet said...

awesome job Jennifer.

Marlene said...

CONGRATS on your 5K redemtpion (awesome time!) and you look so slim in that pic!

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Congratulations on sticking to your race! I agree strollers should not be on the path, too dangerous! & I have to note, you are looking so slim & awesome!!!! Enjoy!!!

Julie said...

Way to go Jen! Nice job on your 5K race!

Lisa said...

WoooHooo! Well done. :-)

Kate said...

that is redemption indeed! AWESOME timing!

Wendy said...

Great job!! So glad to find your blog today. :)

The Happy Runner said...

GREAT job!!

momof3 said...

AWESOME!!! That end of race "ceremony" or, uh, whatever we're calling it... let me think on it. I suspect it's a "cool down" thing, the sudden stop is an issue. With that in mind, on marathon day I nearly passed out at the end of my run, all that time my legs had been "pumping the blood" for me... it takes a while to "cool down". I had to walk for about 5 minutes to "clear up". Just things to put in the back of your head.