Sunday, July 11, 2010

Whitaker Bank 5k

HILLS                   BIG HILLS             SEVERAL HILLS
That pretty much sums up the course! I knew that going into the race and tried to mentally prepare myself. Did it work? Not really. Last year this was my 5th race ever, the hottest race ever, I got my best time ever and felt like I wanted to puke (but didn't) first time ever. This year I didn't have any of that except being hot so maybe the mental prep helped a little! I had a really awesome start even with the first big hill in there I still came in at like 8:53, about half way through and third huge hill later I realized I should have started way slower more like a 9:45 ish mile and power through the second half of the race. I think I could have improved my time if I would have. I ended up taking about two 30 - 40 seconds walk breaks and had no umph at the end. 29:37 and 1st in my age group!! Was I ever shocked, as that was a whole minute slower than last year and last year I didn't get anything!! The race announcer (in the photo above he is in the green shirt holding arm up) was trying to trick me (I think). Before he started giving out the names he asked "Is Bobbie Perkins still here?" So in my mind I was thinking I got second (trophies were only given to 1st & 2nd in age groups) and was really shocked to discover I got 1st!! Guess it made up for all them awful hills!!
One of the greatest things that happened at that race yesterday is one of my running buddies who has really been wanting to get an award even 3rd would make her so happy. Not only her wanting an award but she deserves an award she has really come a long long way. Well...forget 3rd she got a 1st place trophy!!!! 
WAY TO GO KATRINA!!The Crew! We are all winners just for finishing!

12 comments:

Tricia said...

congrats

Michelle said...

Great race!!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

Awesome job! Congrats!

Teamarcia said...

Ugh heat and hills! Nice job!

Stephen said...

Great job Bobbie I'm proud of you.

Whitney said...

Congrats and way to tackle those hills! Big congrats to your friend for placing 1st AG as well.

abbi said...

Congratulations!

misszippy said...

Nice work! And always great when it's a surprise!

Mama Ruby said...

Way to go Ladies!!

Jamie said...

congrats!

Sheridan Lee said...

Way to go girls!

Raegun said...

First in your age group!? Way to go!!! That is a fantastic way to show those hills who's the boss. ;)
Rae
xo