I’m super late with this race recap and I’d love to say that it’s going to be worth the wait.. but, well, it’s probably not.
At first I was waiting for the race pictures, then I got them and there weren’t really any great ones. It happens, no big deal.
Then I forgot about it. My brother reminded me last week, he thinks I just don’t want to write it because he beat me. That’s not it either, I’ve just had a serious case of writers block, which may possibly stem from a bit of runners block. I think I made that term up. It’s like writers block, except for running. Instead of not being able to come up with what to write about, I just can’t get my toosh out the door to run. That makes it really hard to talk about running. I will though, because I miss it. I just need to convince myself that I miss it when my alarm goes off at 5am. I keep turning it off, rolling over to snuggle my sweet girl, and falling right back to sleep. No bueno!
So, back to the Run for the Pies 5K.
Run for the Pies was a lot of fun. I had been dreading it – it’s Florida and it’s summertime. That means it’s hot, really hot. Humid too. Thankfully though, we had a bit of cloud cover and the heat and humidity let up a bit, so it was warm but not miserable. The whole atmosphere at the beginning was just fun and happy. It started with a Nike 5k championship with some super speedy runners. The winners finished in like half the time it takes me to run a 5k and I’m not that slow!
Once the championship race was finished, the rest of us lined up at the starting line. Because of the heat, we weren’t planning to run hard, just to have fun. It was crazy packed though, so my brother and I squeezed in where we could around the 9 minute/mile pace sign. We were packed in like sardines, so thankfully we weren’t there long before they fired the starting gun.
As usual, I set a few goals for the race.
A – Beat my previous 5k PR (27:23, for an average pace of 8:49)
B – Run under a 9:15 pace.
C – Finish in under 30 minutes.
My official finish time was 27:47, for an average pace of 8:58. I have to admit, it was a hard pill to swallow at first. It was the first time I’d run a race and not PR’d (obviously still a newbie in the running world!) and I was a little bummed. I knew going into it that I wasn’t going to push myself and I hadn’t really trained, but even knowing that, I was still bummed. It happens though, and I’ll get over it. I had totally positive splits too – 8:48, 9:06, 9:11, and 7:16 (last .1). This is the first race where I finally remembered to start and stop my watch on time though – yay for little victories!
My brother and I ran close to one another and kept passing each other throughout the race (he’s a few people behind me in orange in the photo above). I thought he was behind me at the end, but he managed to sneak past me in the very last stretch and finished in 27:43. Sneaky, sneaky little brother. I’m the type that doesn’t get annoyed all that easily when it comes to races, but I did get a bit frustrated at the end of this one. I was in the last little stretch, running hard toward the finish line and there were two girls ahead of me that just stopped. They went from running to just slowly walking, right in front of me. I tried to go around them and they moved back in front of me again, super frustrating. Since I wasn’t trying to PR, it wasn’t a huge deal, but was definitely annoying. It was a good reminder to me to pay attention to runners around me if I slow down or stop, especially that close to the finish line.
I loved seeing all of the jogging strollers out there too – actually, scratch the jogging part. We saw all kinds of strollers. There was a guy who passed me at the end pushing a Graco travel system stroller. I have no clue how he ran with that thing for the entire race, but he did.
We had so much fun at the race – we’ll definitely be running this one again next year. It was great to watch the elite runners before we ran and then to hang out afterward to watch them pass out awards and do the big giveaway and all. 1st Place Sports provided free beer and pizza at the finish line (holy deliciousness, beer after running is GOOD). We didn’t stick around long since my parents had the kids and my mom has a broken leg, but it was nice to sit and chat with my brother and his girlfriend, Amanda, for a bit.
Our next race is on the 4th of July and I’m looking forward to it. We originally planned to run and get my parents to bring the kids after we were done so Braden could do the 1-mile fun run, but then my mom broke her foot so we decided to just leave the kids home with them. A few days ago, Braden asked when we were going to run in our next race because he wanted to do one, so I decided I’d push him in the jogging stroller for the Celebration 5K and just let Mackenzie have some one-on-one time with my parents.
Prepare to see some impressively high splits for that – I have no clue how I’m going to run and push 50+ pounds of boy in that stroller!
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