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Footsteps Against Fibrosis 5k

2 Sep

This was another race that I randomly decided to run. You don’t often get pretty scenery when running 5ks so I took advantage of the fact that this one was on the Peoria Riverfront. The other nice thing about this race was that it wasn’t until 10:30, so that gave me plenty of time to get registered beforehand. I had a bowl of cereal and an english muffin with peanut butter for breakfast and then Jeff was nice enough to stop by Starbucks for me on the drive over to Peoria. It was exciting because this was Jeff’s first 5k race, even though he’d ran the Steamboat 15k and some other longer distance races.

The downfall for this race was that this was the first time it was put together so people weren’t quite sure about the race route – I only got about a .5 mile warmup because I didn’t want to miss the start. The race started out well, but I could tell that my lack of warming up was going to hurt me. I was keeping around 7:00 mile paces, but was feeling like I wasn’t going anywhere! The finish was not visible until you turned around a corner, so there wasn’t much time for sprinting which was disappointing because I had actually saved some energy for that reason. Oh well – lesson learned 🙂  Jeff finished ahead of me and when I came in I knew that he must have gotten an awesome time because I came in with 22:06 – a new PR!! He ran a 20:52, good enough for 2nd place in his AG (31-40). I think I was more excited for him doing so well than I was for me getting a PR 🙂 I ended up with 1st in my AG (21-30) and 2nd female overall.

 They did have lots of volunteers on the race route and an awesome spread of refreshments after the race.  We hung around for our medals and then decided to have some drinks at the Irish festival that was going on.

Stats:

Time:                22:06    (7:08 pace)
Overall:           11/?
AG:                    1/?
F Overall:        2/?

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Steamboat 4 Mile

22 Jun

My morning started out at 5:00am… I ate a bowl of Special K Red Berries cereal and drank some water. I got dressed and ready and was on the road by 5:30. I recently got a lovely speeding ticket so I’m forced to drive a lot slower than I’m used to. I live about an hour away from Peoria and the race line up was at 6:50 and I still needed to stop by starbucks for my tall skinny caramel latte. I arrived in Peoria at about 6:45 and still needed to find parking!! Luckily I found a spot on the side of the road and hurried to grab my ipod and Garmin. I drank the rest of my bottle of water and realized I also needed to use the restroom. I had no idea where I was going so I just started following the rest of the people that were milling about. I found a port-a-pottie and waited in line. While standing there I realized that I had forgotten to take off my sunglasses!! No matter how cute they are, I really didn’t want to wear them running but I had no choice because I could hear the announcer say that everyone should be lined up and ready to go. I sprinted down the road and found my pace time…. my friend Rocco found me and asked to run with me since I told him I’d be trying to run around 8 minute miles. I sort of tweaked my foot/ankle about a week ago so the only running I had done in the past week was 4 miles on monday night and playing softball on thursday. Oh-and I got in some wakeboarding on thursday night as well 🙂

I could definitley tell that I hadn’t ran for most of the week as I was feeling rather tired… my foot was pounding, but that didn’t stop me from trying to meet my goal time of 31 minutes. At around mile 2 I grabbed some water and that slowed my pace a little bit… but I picked it back up and kept good timing throughout the rest of the race. I did leave enough energy to sprint through to the finish line and pass about 10 people on the way…. it always feels good to end a race sprinting 🙂

Rob and Christine ran the 15k so I grabbed some water, found another friend who was waiting for another 15k runner, and we headed up to cheer them on. After they finished we all headed over to wait for the awards ceremony… Christine finished 16th overall female 🙂 So of course we had to get some pics while we were waiting!

Christine and Me

Me arresting Christine for being WAY too speedy 🙂

When I got home I also realized that the last 4 mile race I ran I finished in 35:57 so I got a PR with a time of 31:39!! Since this day had started out so awesome I invited Rob and Christine down for boating to continue the wonderful day.

Christine and Me soaking up the sun!

Splits: (I’m new with this so I’m not sure how accurate these are)

Mile 1:     7:55
Mile 2:    8:10   (water stop–obviously I need to be quicker with this!)
Mile 3:    7:48
Mile 4:    7:44

My 5k time was 25:00 so this was also a new PR for me!

Stats:

Chip Time:      31:39
Pace:                 7:55
F:                       33/261
Overall:            435/3055