Sunday, August 21, 2011

Unofficial Kick-Off to Fall (5k Race Recap)

You don’t need to remind me we’re still a couple weeks away from Labor Day, but I considered last night to be the kick-off for the fall racing season. Summer running is an exercise in survival, and I’m ready to move on. Daydreams of colorful foliage, cool breezes, and apple cider donuts…It’s what keeps me going. Let’s pretend we’re almost there.

I’ve had my eye on this race for a few months now, so Mr. Blondie was able to schedule appropriately in order to have the day off. It turned out to be a fun family night out for all of us. The race was held at a local country club, so there was a playground to keep Emily occupied while I was racing.

Meanwhile, I headed to the starting area. The race MC said there were about 1,000 runners as we were lining up. The race was old school (i.e. no chip timing) so I positioned myself as close to the starting line as I could.

Even at 7:30 pm, the temps were in the upper 80’s and the air was humid. The course was full of rolling hills, but that’s typical for Atlanta, so no surprises. There was one doozie at mile 2 which made me glad I wasn’t pushing the jogging stroller though.

You could say I was a little over-eager to be racing again. My spilt for the 1st mile was 6:16, then 6:50, and 6:56. Not exactly negative splits. A 6:16 mile is really fast for me, and I paid for it later.

I finished in 20:58. If nothing else, I’m consistent. I’ve been hovering around the 21 minute mark ever since I started running 5k’s as a kid. On one hand it’s a win that I haven’t slowed down, but it’s frustrating I haven’t made any gains after so many years of running.

At what point do you concede it's as good as it’s going to get?

Even if was only by a handful of seconds, this is still the best 5k I’ve run since before Emily was born. Considering the conditions, and the fact I’ve been primarily spinning and aqua jogging for the past month, I’m happy for even this meager gain. I can also thank the trigger point needling for keeping me cramp free.

I was the 10th finisher overall, 2nd female, and 1st in my age group. I was neck in neck with the 1st place female from the second mile on, but she out-kicked me in the last .1

I can only laugh about it. It was the same 10 year old girl who won that 6k race I did back in May. I thought I might have the advantage since I wasn’t running with the jogging stroller this time, but no such luck.

Yes, my local nemesis is now a girl who is 1/3 my age and weighs about as much as my left leg.

Now if that doesn’t make me feel geriatric…

The post race refreshments were rather unique. In addition to the standard bananas and granola bars at the finish line, there was a luau in the pool area for runners and their families. Margaritas (for those of age), roast pig, assorted tropical fruits… it was a pretty nice spread. A DJ was playing music and the pool was open for everyone to use. The $25 registration fee was a real deal.

Are you happy or sad to see summer go?

Time: 20:58
Pace: 6:44
Overall: 10/?
Gender: 2/?
Div: 1/?


  1. Margs @ FasterBunnyAugust 21, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I'm lol'ing about the local nemesis being a fifth grader. Dude she is a FAST little girl that is crazy.
    I hear ya on being about the same pace forever. I finally broke 21, but my 5ks have been within a minute or so of each other since i was in my teens! Too bad you live in atlanta or we could do some track workouts and break 20 together. :)
    Anyways, good job on your race!

  2. If you ran that in the heat, on hills, with little training, this fall/winter you can PR for sure. Ramp up your training for fall and then get out of Atlanta and find a flat race. Go for it!

    Wow! congrats!

  3. Christina @ The AthletarianAugust 21, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    You are super speedy! It's so crazy how you got beat by a ten year old though. Seriously.

    Pretty wild post run snacks you had there. I have never heard of such a spread!

    So so sad to see summer go! Winter races are not my thing!

  4. Great job! What a speedy little girl to beat you--that's insane!

  5. I can't even fathom running a sub 7 minute mile! Good job, speedy! That's a might fast 10 year old that beat you!

    While I'm not ready for winter, I could do with days in the low 80s and not high 90s.

  6. ya for fall, I cannot wait! emily is soooo cute!!! Great job on the race, wohoo!

  7. The little girl's dad is fast too. He runs with her. A good amount of the time he's either going backwards, or literally running circling around her. It's craziness.

  8. Congrats on a great race!

    That is too funny that your big competition is a kid! She is going to kick butt someday... well, unless she tends to gravitate to running ~21 minute 5Ks. ;-)

  9. GREAT run! How did you get that fast?! Totally wouldn't feel bad about the kid beating you. 10 years old is young! Imagine how fast she'll be at 20. Whoa.

  10. It defintely wasn't designed with any vegetarians in mind, and you'd expect a lot in a crowd of runners. Luckily Emily was still to young to explain the roasted pigs. Pretty creepy.

  11. Yep, that's the problem right there. I could totally use a speedwork buddy. Anything faster than a 7:30 mile in training scares me.

  12. Okay I had to laugh that your nemesis is a 5th grader :) Great race though and glad you're still injury free! Looks like an awesome post race party too -- $25 is a great deal for that!

  13. Great run. You are super fast!

    Don't tell anyone I said this, because I love summer (i have the sunglasses tan from hell to prove it) but, I'm really ready for summer to get lost and for fall/winter to arrive.

  14. Yep, it's time for us southerns to come out of hibernation soon!

  15. Congrats on the run!

    I'm in denial that summer is ending :)

  16. I love fall, so I'm always okay to see summer end. Way to go on running your best post-preg time!! Super funny that the only female to beat you is just a little squirt. :-) A

  17. Looks like the rest of my comment got cut off... Anyhow, I meant to add, And the food spread sounds amazing. Supper & a race for $25. :-)

  18. congrats on placing!!! I think your time was great, but then so does anyone who sees a time faster than theirs :)

    It is a toughie with speed...maybe it's a plateau and switching it up with other things like you are will help. who knows our bodies are strange and that's the best thought i have