Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jakestrong 5K

One of my goals during my pregnancy was to run a 5K.  It would be awesome to say I ran a half marathon while pregnant but to be honest, even with as much running as I've done in the past and currently do, I couldn't imagine trying to train and run a half marathon right now.  I mean, c'mon, I'd be stopping every few miles to pee!  A couple months back, I saw the Jakestrong 5K would be at the beginning of June in Powell and knew this would be perfect.  I figured I'd still be comfortably running and the course runs through part of my parent's neighborhood so they'd be able to cheer Todd & I on.

Running by my parents towards the beginning of the race....Todd is in the gray shirt & white shorts and I'm on the right side in a white hat.  Also, we ended up passing those kids during the next quarter mile...the girl was wearing Keds!
"Sprinting" to the finish

Trying to pass a few people at the end...and I ended up beating Todd

Race was a bit long and my official time was 26:00
Post-race baby bump
Todd & I
And one more with my Running for 2 tank top

I also ended up placing 3rd in my (new) age group of 30-39 and got a $10 gift certficiate to Fleet Feet

The Stats

Mile 1: 8:11
Mile 2: 8:03
Mile 3: 8:11

Overall Time for 5K: 26:00* (Garmin read 3.2 miles instead of 3.1 miles)
Average Pace: 8:07 pace

Female 30-39: 3/25
Female: 11/94
Overall: 44/199

My goal going into the race was to break 27:00, which is around 8:45 pace.  I knew this was definitely doable with how I'd been running recently.  I also had a secret goal of wanting to place in my age group although I wouldn't really know if I had done this until after the race.  I do want to note that I wasn't running all out during this race.  I can honestly say this was the first race I've ever run where I wasn't nervous at the start line and wasn't breathless/tired during the race.  My plan was to run with Todd at a comfortable pace where I could still carry on a conversation and I wouldn't look at my pace until the mile split popped up.  I would say I was successful in my race plan because I talked to Todd most of the race and even slowed down at a couple points because I felt like we were going too fast.  I was surprised when the mile splits would beep on my watch and I felt like we were running fairly easy even at a quick pace. Being the competitive person that I am, it was a bit frustrating to see people ahead of me that I knew I could run faster than especially when they were breathing heavily and I wasn't.  With just about a tenth or two tenths of a mile left, a girl came up from behind and started to sprint to the finish.  Well, I just looked at Todd and told him I was going to pick it up a bit and wasn't going to let this girl beat me.  She didn't have much left in the tank so I easily stayed ahead of her and ended up passing another 4 or 5 people.  Unfortunately, I ended up beating Todd too.  I actually feel bad about this since he ran with me the entire race and then I took off at the very end.  He said he wasn't surprised....he knows me well!

My official time for the 5K was 26:00, which is 8:24 pace, but both of our Garmin watches read 3.2 miles instead of 3.1 miles.  I tend to trust my Garmin more than the course because I'm not sure how they measure the course so I really ran 3.2 in 26:00 which is 8:07 pace.  My Garmin is usually spot on for major races (i.e. marathons) where the course is certified.

Overall, I'm so happy with how I did and would love to run another 5K later in the summer depending on how I'm feeling.


Meghan said...

Woohoo! Congrats! That is an awesome time and accomplishment!

BeckyJo606 said...

So amazing! I am impressed with your time--even when I"m not pregnant I can't run that fast. :)