in it to win it (5K recap)

On Saturday I ran the Strides for Scholarship 5K for the second time.  Last year I ran it for fun with my then 10-year-old niece.  I loathe 5Ks but last year I ate the most amazing vanilla-frosted donut after the race.  So the good outweighed the bad.

I also wanted to win the race – be 1st overall female.  It’s rare that you find a small 5K – not in Bumblefuck, PA – where that opportunity presents itself.  For some reason this race is relatively unknown despite a large running club just down the road.

I was nervous.  I say all the time that I’d rather run 20 miles than race a 5K.  20-milers are within my comfort zone; 5Ks are not.  But sometimes you need to push outside your comfort zone.

I warmed up for a mile and did some strides.  I could feel the nervousness in my legs.  They splurged on chip timing this year but I still made my way towards the front and took off.

M1 (7:00) – In hindsight this was probably a little too fast.  I should have kept the pace around 7:10-7:15.  I was in the lead though!

M2 (7:36) – Horrendous.  Just past the mile 2 marker, a girl zipped right past me.  Damn.  I tried to stay with her and put some pressure on but my legs didn’t have enough kick.  She ended up finishing 19-seconds ahead of me.

M3 (7:21) – I redeemed myself (somewhat).

22:30 (7:15 avg pace)
Overall:  7/85
Female:  2/41
AG:  2/9

My sister, sister-in-law, and 2 nieces ran the race too.  We pretty much cleaned up when it came to the awards!


Sister:  2nd in AG
SIL:  Almost 5-min PR from last year!
Nieces:  2nd and 1st in AG
*All coached by me!

Everyone had a great race and my vanilla-frosted donut did not disappoint!

Congrats to everyone who ran Chicago, Steamtown, Portland, or any other race I’m forgetting.  Fall racing season is officially here!

Did you race this weekend?

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  1. says

    Gotta start out somewhat conservatively in 5Ks, too! Well, sort of — I usually start too fast, too! Thank you for supporting the #5Krevolution :)

    Mixing it up is nice, too – hence, my NYC marathon (and your 5K)!
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  2. says

    Nice job, Kristy! Can’t say I’ve ever placed in a race, so that’s awesome that you did! So cute that all the ladies in your family cleaned up, too!
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