Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bastilles Day 5k Race Recap

Time to let the secret out...I desperately wanted to break 20 minutes for this 5k. My PR stood at 20:23 for the past 9 years, and I've ran that time not once but TWICE. What are the odds? I may have tried to play it cool a few posts ago that this was just a mock tempo, but that was a lie. I was motivated, I was ready to unleash the running beast that has been brewing inside of me.


My goal for the day was to hit mile 1 at 6:15 and see how long I could hold it, and I was hoping that it would be the entire race. Well today was my lucky day.


Not 6:15 miles, but hell it's close enough for me!
A new 57 second PR 19:26



I love this picture because the gal in the white went out super fast and I slowly closed the gap right before the end. Sneak attack.


Today I realized that the reason I have never before broken 20 minutes for a 5k is because it is HARD...like REALLY HARD. Within the first two minutes of the race my legs were feelin the burn. The only thing that helped me maintain even splits was that I kept reminding myself that I deserve to break 20 minutes because I am an efficient runner and I work frickin hard 95% of the time. Or maybe it was the lovely lady before the race that gave me an amazing ego boost by complementing my arms, so thank you again you beautiful brunette if you are reading this. An encouraging comment from a women can sometimes be just enough to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

It hurt and was exhausting, but was a wonderful evening. I don't know why I have been avoiding the 5k all these years because it can be fun if you let it, and I just wasn't letting it be enjoyable in the past.



I signed up for this race because they advertised that each finisher got a cupcake. Lets just say the smile on my face does not show how disappointed I am that this cupcake was the smallest one I have EVER seen. What a tease.

I am not sure if I would do this race again next year. Yes it was fun and I loved the course, but there was an 8k that let up right before the 5k. Major traffic back up around mile 2 where I had to weave in and out of traffic and cut people off left and right which I am certain added a few extra seconds and distance. Some 8k runners were actually yelling at the 5k runners as they were passing them, it was tense. I'm just glad I'm slightly petite and can fit through snug spaces...and that teeny tiny cupcake ain't goin to do damage to any human body so for now I suppose I'll remain that way. Damn you teeny cupcake.

24 comments:

  1. Oh Wow!!! Congrats Britt! HUGE PR and awesome time. My PR is 20:08. I had nothing more on that. You are SO right, breaking 20 minutes for a 5K is REALLY hard. Breaking 20 minutes by 34 seconds is REALLY REALLY REALLY hard!!! Proud of you!

    Yes, damn the little cupcake. I hope you're at home whipping yourself up a whole batch of cupcakes right now!!

    Oh-and yes, those female compliments go a long way! You deserved it too:)

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  2. HOLY MOLY! You are so awesome! Congrats on a new PR. That is unreal and you should be so so so proud of yourself! Hope you went and got yourself a bigger treat to celebrate :)

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  3. GIrl, YOU are a machine!!
    So proud of you, you completely deserved that time.
    You beat 20 minutes by a lot.......! Congrats!

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  4. You. Are. Awesome.

    That cupcake is weak. I hope you treated yourself to something LARGER later!

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  5. I feel quite embarrassed that they called that a cupcake, because that's quite pathetic.

    Do I spy the Garmin Forerunner 110? Do you like it?

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  6. Wow Britt! This is seriously the best news ever to read right before bed! So proud of you!! You deserve it...yes you do!! and yes, breaking 20...never done it! But want to. I'm sitting right there where you were. I even wrote a post once about how breaking 20 min in the 5k is harder than Parenting. ha! Congrats to you. You inspire me so freaking much!!! Love that I have your blog to read! One of my must make time fors. :) Keep it up girl!

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  7. AMAZING PR! That is so awesome! I love running 5k, but you would kick my bootie, though that is good motivation for me to run faster :)

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  8. Oh wow!!!! Way to go on breaking 20 minutes! Lady, you are super fast!!!! That cupcake would be super disappointing to me as well :(

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  9. Congrats on the new PR!!! That is awesome. It does feel good when hard work pays off.

    -Jen

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  10. HOLY MOLY, you are my hero! you work so hard and you totally deserve this. congrats - you deserve a huge cupcake this weekend!

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  11. Congrats! What an awesome PR too! Go out and buy yourself a massive cupcake to make up for that little tiny one-biter!
    :)

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  12. Way to go! I still don't know how to make a 5K enjoyable... they are super tough! You are amazing!

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  13. Wow, you destroyed your old 5K PR! Not surprising at all with how well you're running. And can you say consistent splits? Every mile within 2 seconds of each other is insane. Bummer on the 8K race going through the middle, maybe you could have cut 10 seconds more off your time if that hadn't happened.

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  14. wow, that is so amazing! congratulations! I'll just live vicariously through you ;-) I can only dream of breaking 24 minutes. right now, my 5k PR is 27:47 so I still have a long way to go.

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  15. That is TOO awesome! What a great race. And I can only imagine how much it hurt. But 5Ks are totally worth the short (time) of hurt. You are an inspiration. Congrats!

    And wow, that is a teeny tiny cupcake.

    Did you place in your AG? I saw the results posted and couldn't even find your bib number! I was thinking with that fast of a race there was a chance! :)

    P.S. I have the long sleeved shirt version of that bra and love it :)

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  16. Freaking awesome dude!! I am going to complement not only your arms - your whole freaking body!!! Your dedication is a clear reflection! (Not to weird ya out :D)

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  17. Great job on the PR! You are one fast lady! I almost signed up to do that race, but instead I'm doing Fleet Feet's Women's 10k on Sunday.

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  18. Awesome awesome PR! Tiny lame cupcake :)
    That is one heck of a PR! Congrats!

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  19. woohooo!!!! Good Job Britt!!! sorry I haven't been on here much lately! you are insane! why didn't you tell me yesterday when you texted crazy lady? that is so awesome!! you ROCK!!!

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  20. Congrats Britt! I freaking love your self-talk, "I deserve to break 20 mins..." Your form is to die for which is why you are such an efficient, talented runner!

    Dang it on the cupcake size, but that PR sure tastes good doesn't it?!!! WOW!!

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  21. WOOO HOOO!!!!!!! Congrats on your major PR! You made such a great improvement even though you had to weave through people.

    Mini cupcakes are terrible. I would eat like 14 of those little things.

    Women can be harsh judging each other. It's so nice when we actually compliment others. I'm glad that lady gave you a little ego boost :)

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  22. you rock!!!! i'm so happy for you! i love that you were reminding yourself that you run well and deserved to break it! cause it's true.

    i would have been so mad about having run the same PR time twice haha.

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