May 20, 2014

Red, White, and Blue 5k Race Recap

Last Saturday, I ran the Red, White and Blue 5k which was at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA.  Given that this was my first race in two months, I had (mostly) managed expectations for my performance.  I hoped to run strong and see where I was from a pace and fitness standpoint.  And let me tell you, something happened in the last two months since I pinned on a race bib...I was NERVOUS!
First race in 2 months = nerve city!
I arrived at the base with plenty of time to spare and was easily able to pick up my packet.  I was pretty impressed with their organization - each packet was in a large envelope and included a t-shirt, race bib, pins and raffle ticket.  Leave it to the military to be so organized!  I went back to the car to drop off the shirt and spend a few extra minutes staying warm.  It was a beautiful clear morning but a bit cool - high 50s.  At a few minutes to 8:00, they announced the 1 mile race start.  I took this as my queue to start warming up for my 5k, which had an 8:30 start time.  I did some dynamic stretching, took a short, easy jog and then tried to loosen up my ever-problematic tight hips.  I finally started to warm up, temperature speaking.  At around 8:20, I started making my way to the starting line and scoped out the competition.  It was a gun start, so I was closer to the front of the pack than I normally would be.  Hey, I wanted my final time to reflect my real time!

Mile 1 (7:11): Felt pretty strong and loose.  I kept my eye on a few girls around me, noting that they might be AG competitors.  A short, but steep hill was not welcome!

Mile 2 (7:24): The crowd started to thin and I was keeping pace with several men.  I passed a few and overheard one comment on my skirt.  I grinned as I went past him.  My legs really started to start tightening up around the halfway mark.

Mile 3 (7:31): Oh dear God, is this over yet?!  I was really hurting.  Once we turned down the back stretch, I was able to pick up the pace (I was pacing 7:47 through most of this mile) which made me happy.  I only wished I had looked at my overall time as I might have had enough kick to get a PR.

Final time: 22.59, which is a mere 7/100 off my PR.  Not bad for my first race back.


I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I was pretty spent after the race.  As I made my way through the chute, the guy behind me commented that he paced off of me most of the race and was glad I had a crazy skirt.  Go team sparkle!  I followed the crowd to the post-race refreshments area which was in a park shelter on the lake.  It was a beautiful setting. 

I milled around for a bit waiting on the awards ceremony.  I was hoping that my time might have been good enough for an age group placement and much to my surprise, my age group was the fastest, save the overall race winner who was in the 20-24 group!  I managed to place third which was a nice treat...and a good motivator for my upcoming summer and fall races.

This was a really nice race and I'm glad I made the trek up to Yorktown.  This race was just what I needed to find my mojo and while it would have been nice to PR, I'm happy with my results.

{Christine}

21 comments:

  1. Congrats on the race! Even though you didn't PR, your time was great. Cute skirt!

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    1. Thanks Lacey! I could have used you as a pace car. :)

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  2. Great job! I've been reading your blog for about a year now, and it's very motivating as well as helpful - I just completed my first 5K, it was slow and not too pretty but I did it! My ultimate "bucket list" goal is the Princess Half Marathon.

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    1. Aw thank you for your sweet comment. The Princess Half is a FABULOUS race - you will simply love it. As you know that was our first half marathon and we loved it.

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  3. You didn't tell me you placed in your age group speedy!! Yeaaaa!

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  4. Awesome job! Congrats on placing. It sounds like a great race. :)

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    1. Thanks Mer! A small local race helps for AG placement :)

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  5. Go you! You are getting so super speedy!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I keep hoping I'll break the elusive sub-22 barrier.

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  6. Congratulations! Sounds like a fun morning.

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  7. Way to go Christine! You are fast girl! Congrats on the AG Award!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! A local race is always fun for an AG award!

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  8. Looks like such a beautiful area for a race, Congratulations on your finish! The action photo of you running just shows the speed you were going, great pics!!!

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    1. Thanks girl! I was lucky to have a cheerleader and he got a great action shot!

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  9. Great job and huge congrats on your AG place!! Way to rock your first race back! That course looks beautiful, too. Nothing like pretty scenery to help motivate! :0)

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Yes, it was a nice course and the post-race area by the lake was beautiful. And the cloud-less blue skies didn't hurt!

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  10. Sounds like it was a great race!

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  11. Way to go Christine! What an amazing race to run as your comeback! And congrats on your AG award! :)

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  12. Congratulations on your AG place and finishing with a great time! You are speedy, girl! Love the outfit :)

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