June 4, 2015

Wilma Dash 5k recap with lots and lots of pink!

Last week the 7th annual Wilma Dash took place in downtown Wilmington, NC.  Supporting the local group called Pretty in Pink, an organization helping women with cancer, it is obvious women here love to participate to help such a worthy cause. This is an evening race, starting at 6 pm and it was not only hot and sunny but very humid.  Our group met up before the race for a photo opportunity and with loads of pink and tutus, we were quite a sight.  I opted out of the tutus in favor of letting the younger girls enjoy them!



After a few trips to the bathroom and lots of chatter, it was time to line up for the race start.  We heard the National Anthem and then it was time to go!  5k's have never been my favorite races, and as we were lining up, I was still considering why I wanted to torture myself, especially after having my calf issue.  But start I did and right behind one of my Without Limits teammates Kelli,  She shot up the the first hill like a rocket and Lynda and I stayed behind not going nearly as fast.  Our downtown area is quite hilly and this was my first time to run the hills!  After rounding the first hill, we settled into some gentle hills and then another big hill.  At this point, I was already very hot and sweaty, but pacing myself at 8:40 for the first mile.  The next mile was easier and I completed it slightly faster hoping to really pick up the pace for the final mile.  Nope, that was not happening with my calf.  it tightened up horribly after mile 2, and despite this being the easiest mile of the race, I talked myself out of pushing it too hard. It was mentally hard to give in to my leg, but I knew I would be really upset if I put my running in jeopardy for a local 5k.  So I didn't and I finished in 26.59, my personal worst in the 5k.  Time isn't always the most important factor and when you consider the weather that evening, it really wasn't a bad race.  And Kelli and I crossed this finish line at the same time!

Kelli and I near the finish line

Final results
Official time: 26.59
Overall Place: 86/847 finishers
60-64 Age Group: 2/74

The best part of this race is the after party in the convention center.  With tons of local vendors and wonderful food spread out over numerous tables, we had fun sampling and eating many things including Coastal Cupcakes and yes, I had two! We also received two coupons for adult beverages as part of our race entry and with the drinks (only one) and a plate of snacks, my dinner was complete! Unfortunately, I did not bring my cell phone so no photos of the goodies!

The presentation of awards is done after all the runners have enjoyed the party and air conditioning inside the convention center.  I was surprised to learn I had placed after having not my best race.  So many in my group made podium and we were all thrilled to cheer for coach Sami who crushed her age group finishing first!

Sami makes friends with everyone!


Photo from Wilma Dash




All in all, this was a fun evening and the best news occurred when our team was awarded the largest team award thanks to our leader Shawn who got the group together.  Our prize is a $500 gift certificate to spend at the brewery for a party and that will include lots of fun and laughs!  Now it is time to plan our next girl's race adventure!

Have you ever run a female only race?



21 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great race. I'd love to do an evening 5K like this. I did not know you were having problems with your calf, I hope that clears up. Congrats on another age group award. The only "women focused" race I have done was Princess but of course men run that too! -M

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    1. I really like the women focused races. It just has a different atmosphere, more like a party!

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  2. I love that photo of your team at the end! And the $500 certificate for the brewery sounds like a fun time :) I've never done a woman focused race but I'm thinking of doing Princess next year at Disney World.

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    1. Oh you need to sign up for Princess. It was our first half and I have run it 5 straight years!

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  3. I love all women's races. I just did one on Sat. Your PW would be my PB. Congrats on the AG and team award.

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    1. Thanks, we are excited for the team party

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  4. I've never run a female-only race... I don't think we have those here? I've heard of Diva's but not any others. Still, this looks like a neat race and it's fun that you guys won the $500 party money and you placed in your age group! I wouldn't worry about the personal worst because the 5K isn't your distance of choice AND it was hot and hilly! You still did a great job with the conditions :).

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    1. You are right Amy, the 5k is not a race I enjoy at all. But, it was fun to be with my group and our party at the brewery will be really fun!

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  5. I have never done a girl's only race, but would really like to.

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    1. It sounds like you don't have any in the Charleston area, but the Race the Landing series is pretty awesome.

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  6. Sounds as if you had a good time and made a wise decision to look out for your calf. Congrats on placing!

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    1. Thanks, I am glad I made the right decision. The calf is improving daily.

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  7. Seriously, you never cease to amaze me always taking a spot on the podium! Amazing job!

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    1. Thanks Sue. It helps to be the #oldladyrunner!

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  8. So you placed, got bling, your group got an award and prize, food AND adult beverage coupons? Win-win-win-win if you ask me. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Frank. It was a really fun night!

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  9. Congrats on that age group award despite it being a tough race for you! And how awesome your team got a prize too!

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  10. Sounds like a fun 5K! Loved all the pink. I will be running an all female 5K in a couple of weeks in Baltimore :)

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  11. What a fun race, I love the race photo looks like an amazing group!
    I ran the leading ladies marathon in SD which is an all women's race, it was nice but as I did it I felt slightly bad that guys weren't there enjoying it too:) I know weird of me:)
    Glad you had such a fun time!!!

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  12. This race sounds like so much fun! So sorry about your calf but congrats on placing in your AG! Way to go, Pam!!

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  13. What a fun race! Love the photos! I have a love/hate relationship with 5Ks, too, haha. Congrats on placing, especially despite it being a tough race for you. WTG! :)

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