Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rebecca Run 5K Race Report

Thank you for all your comments on yesterday's post and for re-affirming that 1 second counts!

It was a hot day for racing at 10AM, especially compared to last year's pouring rain (I would have gladly taken rain yesterday). As I mentioned on Thursday, I didn't have high expectations for a PR given my lack of focused speed work since the Mississauga Marathon in May and Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon two weeks ago. I still decided to go for it and of course I'm glad I did!

Here's how it went down.

The race takes place just minutes from home at a local park where we run weekly. I love racing in familiar territory, especially at an event where most of the community is involved and many of my running buddies are also participating.

Hubs and I showed up about an hour early, just in time to see the 3K fun run. We met up with many of our friends and chatted away for a bit. I got some comments on my cheetah skirt and explained that I hoped it would help me channel some speed.

The sun was out in full force and it was already feeling very hot. We sought out some shade and sat down for a bit before it was time to warm-up. A few others joined in as we set out for a short jog and some strides. The sun did not feel good and it certainly wasn't an ideal morning for running/racing. What can you do? After a potty break, it was time to line up!

Hubs didn't sign up this year, but was going to pace me bandit-style (shhhh!) and jumped in about 200m into the race. And thank goodness he did! I got caught up in the crowd taking off and glanced down to see 4:00/km (6:26/mi) pace - Okay, reel it in!

Things were quickly under control with hubs by my side and we settled into the planned 4:30/KM pace. It still felt hard and I knew it was going to be a tough one.

The 1K marker came quickly, but not easily. Hubs told me later that he was concerned about how hard I was breathing so early. We made our way along the winding park paths, passing occasionally and being passed occasionally. Some friends were out on the course cheering and it was great to see them, even if all I could manage was a half-wave. I struggled to keep my feet moving as we passed the 2K marker.

It was hot and the sun showed no mercy. We enjoyed shade briefly here and there, but there wasn't much relief. My mouth was dry and I asked hubs to grab me a cup of water around the half way point. I tried to gulp some (mostly unsuccessfully) and dumped the rest on my head.

Around 3K there was a sharp 180-degree turn-around, which nearly killed me. We were forced to slow down so much to make the turn and it was extremely difficult to find my speed again. When the 3K marker came ~500m late, I had a moment of panic that the course would be long. For a brief instant I thought 'In that case, I'm out!' but I continued chasing my personal pacer who was pulling ahead as I slowed down.

Pump, pump, pump! Push, push, push! Huff, huff, huff! Run, run, run!

Hubs pointed out a couple of ladies ahead and I wanted to catch them, but my legs had nothing left to give. I finally gained on one and squeezed by as we rounded a bend and headed into the woods on a narrow section of boardwalk. Another lady stopped abruptly for a walk break right ahead of us, causing us to nearly topple over her, but at least I was able to pass her!

We were on our way to the finish and I could hear the crowd as we burst off the board walk. When I finally saw the finish line and rounded the last bend, I glanced down at my Garmin and knew it was going to be extremely close. I found a sprint and gunned it in as fast as my legs would carry me.

Damn, 5K's are hard!!!

Gun Time: 22:39
Chip Time: 22:35
Overall: 22/318
Females: 4/192
F25:29: 1/24


I was pumped to win my age group for the third year in a row, but missed 3rd overall female by... well, nothing! We had identical chip times, but her gun time was 1 second faster. Bummer!


Thumbs up while waiting for the awards.




Posing with the mascot and race director.


During this morning's long run, my legs "gently" reminded me of the effort they had put forth the day before. The last 10K were a struggle, but as usual, good friends kept me company and helped me get it done.

24.5K = 15.2mi ... 2:22:34 ... 5:50/km = 9:21/mi

43 comments:

runninglawyer said...

Great Race report Marlene!!! Glad you got your PR, and that you managed through the 24.5k after. CONGRATS!!!

misszippy said...

Way to go! Such a bummer on the gun time for awards! But 4th isn't too shabby if you ask me.

Bethany + Ryan said...

wow, congrats on winning your age group!!!

lindsay said...

tsk tsk!! i hope hubs also ate all the food. that's my favorite at races... non-running people eating all the food and drinking all the water!

anyway. sorry 'bout that random rant :) lol

congrats on your PR! soo close to 3rd overall! next time ;)

Lisa said...

congrats on an awesome finish!!

Mark said...

Great report! Congrats!!!!

P said...

Good for you, pulling a final sprint out of tired legs - way to go!! Congrats!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

That darn HEAT!! I am so proud of you for rocking it out, afterall you are in Marathon shape.. I cannot believe you tied someone, CRAZY!!

runnernic.com said...

this heat is killing me too!!! great race though!!! :)

am i crazy for saying id rather run a marathon over a 5k anyday??? cuz thats how i feel about 5ks!

Jocelyn said...

The heat always slows you down. Sounds like it was a tough day! But once again you rocked it again totally kicked butt. Congrats on your PR - so nice of your hubs to pace you!!

Jamie said...

Great report! You did awesome especially in that heat!

destinationathlete said...

WOw - a 5K PR and then another 15mi run?? You're a total rock star!

Julie said...

YAHOOOO!! that's an awesome race. Congrats on age group and 4th place female...well, third if you ask me!! Rockstar!! way to go. I'm doing my first 5k since I've been seriously running in about three weeks...i'm excited to see how it 'feels'!! :)

Heather said...

Yes, 5ks are freaking hard! Way to go with an awesome race. You are a running rockstar!

Heather said...

Yes, 5ks are freaking hard! Way to go with an awesome race. You are a running rockstar!

ajh said...

What a great job! Too bad about the gun time thing! That is frustrating!

Char said...

Gee it pas to be an aggressive runner and start as close to the front as possible. If you were pushier you would have had third. Great report.

Denise said...

AWESOME! another AG win! i'm so excited for you!! way to push through the heat and kick butt.

k said...

Awesome! 1 second definitely counts.
I feel very sorry for that mascot if it was so hot out...

Teamarcia said...

Yes, 5ks are hard, but in your case really fast! Congrats on a great race!

Laura said...

awesome PB...and you still did your long run the next day? Seriously you are amazing.

Jess said...

I can't imagine racing at 10 am! Uff-da.

Again, congrats on the PR!

Kim said...

GREAT JOB and you're looking so cute in your leopard print skirt! :)

Indi said...

Wow...3yrs in a row!! that's a great streak there! Nice :)

Sarah said...

Congrats! Awesome 5K Race Report! You did it! A new PR :)

Runners Fuel said...

Congrats!!! Great time! I love watching the fun run take off.

Runner Leana said...

Marlene, that is awesome, congratulations! What a fantastic effort. You are right, 5Ks ARE hard!

Heidi said...

WOW Congrats on your 5K. I'm uber impressed!!!

J said...

Congrats on the AG win!! You ran so well! A one second PR is still a PR! I can't believe you ran 24.5km the next day! Great job!

RoadBunner said...

GREAT race, Marlene!! I never race 5K's -- much too hard :) And man, you were ROBBED of the overall female award. Next year get right up at that line for the start! Congratulations!

A Toronto girl out West said...

The fact that you can run a 6 1/2 minute mile for any period of time just astounds me!!!!

How did you get so fast? Did you have a natural knack for running when you started?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Bummer is right, but an amazing run, Marlene! Congrats on taking 1st for your AG! You absolutely rock!

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Cynthia O'H said...

A tie? I've never seen or heard of that before! I would have chewed my nails off waiting for the final verdict.

Congrats on a great run!

run with Jill said...

Awesome finish in the race!

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Aneta said...

good job marlene.
sorry im late to comment

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Congrats on the PR and place.

How great to have a pacing hubs! Lucky you!

destination262 said...

Great race recap! And congrats on winning in your age group. What a speedy run! :)

Emz said...

awesome RR!

Sorry for late comment!

I've never done a 5k - I must do one one day.

aron said...

holy speedster!!! NICE job lady and congrats on the place!

The Happy Runner said...

Awesome, awesome job!!
Sorry about that one second but, still, great race!

Badgergirl said...

Great job!