I disappeared for a little while. I spent all of Monday cleaning and then yesterday was catch up day at work. So I didn’t really get a chance to post.
I did promise a recap of Sunday’s race, so here it is.
I woke up Sunday excited and ready for the race. My goal was to PR but I would be happy with anything under 30 mins. I even went as far as to write down what I need to get for splits in order to PR. (Yes I am a nerd).
This race is always fun because lots of people dress up. There were super heros and spiders and the bush from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Always fun to see other peoples Halloween costumes. I, however, didn’t dress up, I can never decide what to be or how to pull it off so I just don’t wear anything.
The last time I ran this race (I think it was 2010) I did the 10k, this year I really wanted to see how face I could run so I opted for the 5k.
My total time was 28:03 with a pace of 9:01
According to my watch…
Mile 1 – 8:45
Mile 2 – 9:01
mile 3 – 9:23
.1 – 0:54
No negative splits but I still was so happy with my time. I did that with a stuffy nose.
The good: The race is quick, there was lots of volunteers making sure you went the correct way and plenty of signs also making sure you ran the correct way. It starts and ends at Buttonwood Park, which meant it was close to my house and I got to see the elephants after I was done. Aside from the first 1/2 mile and last 1/2 of mile 3 the course it either flat or down hill. The finish line is at the end of a downhill so you can speed through the finish line.
The not so good: The first and last part of this race are up hill (the same up hill), the course made a giant loop which meant that we ran by the finish line twice before we actually got there. Not so bad the first time but it’s kind of a tease at the end of the race. It was not a completely closed course so you did have to worry about cars on a few of the roads.
My goal was to run a sub 29 min 5k, so I started out fast and tried to keep that up. For most of the race I was running behind a piece of bacon, mmmm bacon. Even though it wasn’t a real piece of bacon it was a good motivator but by mile 3 I couldn’t breath, my nose was running almost as much as I was, so I stopped to walk, catch my breath, and get rid of as many boogers as I could for about 30 secs. Then I just had to conquer the uphill and the final push down hill. That was a tough hill, I was still having trouble breathing and I was trying to go even faster to make up for stopping to walk but I could feel myself getting slower as I went up the hill. Then all of the sudden I looked to my right and my friend Jamie was right next to me. I was so excited I was able to push up the hill, around the corner and then down the hill to the finish line. As I crossed the finish line I saw 28:0x. I was happy but also exhausted, that was the fastest I have ever run. I sat down on the ground and caught my breath for at least a min.
When I could finally breath and walk again I found my husband (who was spectating) and our friends Jamie and Mike (they both ran the 5k). We hung out for a little while more, watched the first finishers of the 10k and the people running with costumes and then we headed home.
I was so happy with my time and I definitely believe that crossfit has helped me get faster.
On Monday I had the day off because of hurricane Sandy. I spent most of the day cleaning and then I decided to take Tega for a walk to see if we could see some of the storm surge. (I live in Mass, the hurricane wasn’t that bad where I was.)
I couldn’t get outside the hurricane barrier so I didn’t get to see anything crazy although the wind was blowing really strong.
I also went to crossfit early Monday morning where our WOD consisted of handstands and L-sits. That was my weekend and Monday.