Monday, February 14, 2011

Heart Glove & Sole 5k

Katrina, Angie, Melinda, Me & Sheri

Hooray the first actual race of 2011!! Saturday the gang and I did the Heart Glove & Sole 5k. It was a beautiful morning for a race, it was around 34* and LOTS of SUN!! I did this race last year and it was fun so that was my main reason for wanting to do it again this year. The first place winners in age groups and overall receive a shoe sole on a plaque and instead of giving out shirts with registration they give out gloves but only to the first 100 registered, last year I didn't get the gloves so I made sure to get some this time I registered in December:)

Although I REALLY would like to win one of the "sole" awards I knew that wasn't going to happen so I was curious on if I could improve from last year and maybe place in my age group. We lined up at the front of the crowd (325 people) and off we went and FAST it WAS! The course was reversed from last year and it started down hill, about a quarter of a mile in I looked down at the garmin and holy cow it said I was at a 6:58 pace?!?!?! my legs could feel it as well! SLOW DOWN BOBBIE!! I crossed the first mile at 8:07 still trying to settle into a better pace for me(more like 9:09). I stayed around 8:25 to 8:45 until the hills came, then all that "fast" was beginning catching up to me. I was about 30 seconds ahead of Sheri and was really needing her beside me to mentally help me push on even though I knew she was right behind me the entire time. I got almost completely up another long hill and all of a sudden I felt like my sinus decided to dump every bit of snot (gross I know~sorry) down my throat and I WALKED~UGGHH! Now Sheri is about 45 seconds ahead of me, after I reached the top of the hill I decided I needed to push it and catch up. Wasn't the best idea ever, I almost got to join the puke club, I gaged a couple of times stopped once to spit (again gross I know) and all I could think is " finish this thing". Mine and Sheri's finish time was almost exactly 30 seconds apart and she ended up with 3rd in our age group~HOORAY SHERI!!!! :) Even though I wanted it to be me (ha!) I am extremely happy that one of us could do it! (It's tough to place in Lexington, Ky they have some fast runners:)
I AM HAPPY with my numbers compared to last year!!
2010 finish time 29:41
Overall place 118th/287
2011 finish time 26:57
Overall place 78th/325
Almost 3 whole minutes shaved off from last year~HOORAY!!

Sheri & I Our photographer missed us coming through the finish so we faked it!


Crystal said...

congrats! i'm looking forward to running some of the same races this year to see my improvement on the same courses. a pr is a pr on any course, but when you see that you have dropped from the previous year on the same course i think that's even better!

mindysmarathon said...

Great job! Sorry about the snot attack, though.

Deanna@MilesToRun said...

Wow, great race! And 3 minutes off your time from last year; that's fantastic! Congrats!

Momma Mel said...

3 mins is so much time off a 5K, CONGRATULATIONS! Little faster than the same race from the previous year is always a great goal. That's what's so great about running, it really is personal achievement.

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EricaH said...

Congrats on bringing your time down.

LauraElaine said...

Woah, great job! Way to knock 3 minutes off!!!