Monday, December 3, 2012

Milwaukee Santa 5k Race Recap

Want to improve speed in a small amount of time? My suggestion is to do a series of short races. I've done just that by racing five times in a the past 30 days. The result? A new 5k PR and ending up just seconds away from my goal time. 

Last Saturday's race, the Milwaukee Santa 5k, was great. The weather was perfect, I know the course quite well and it was a smaller race so there weren't tons of people to dodge throughout the race. It all added up to a new PR and a 3rd place AG award!

A new medal for my collection!

Here are my race stats:

Time: 22:03
Average Pace: 7:07
Overall Place: 28/697
Gender Place: 11/488

Age Group Place: 3/80

Since the race start was close to my apartment, I ran over and used it as my warmup. I met up with my incredibly fast friend Sheila just minutes before the start. We lined up and then took off! 

Sheila pulled ahead right away. I knew I wouldn't be able to catch her, so made it my goal to just keep her within my sights throughout the race. There was a ton of goose poop along the first mile, so along with trying to maintain pace, I was trying to dodge the droppings! 

Notice the ground - total obstacle course!

About half way through the course, I hit the Mason Street hill. I knew it was coming, but that didn't make it any easier to climb! I know I lost a bit of time here, so it's time to start doing more hillwork again. 

The last mile of the race, I was just trying to hang on the best I could. I kept telling myself, "I breathe in strength. I breathe out weakness." I also reminded myself it was time to pay the price! With the finish line in sight, I sped up until I crossed the line. As usual, I felt like collapsing in the grass, but I saw Sheila right away (she finished 2nd in our age group!) and also the ground was covered with goose droppings. Ew. 

While I was thrilled with the PR and age group award, I am a tad disappointed to have missed my goal time by a mere four seconds. Looking back at the race, I can identify where I probably could have shaved off that time - I was sloppy on two turns, didn't push as hard as I should have up the hill and started my kick into the finish a tad too late. 

This leaves one more race in 2012 to get my goal time and join the "21 club" as Sheila put it. If it doesn't happen this year, I look forward to chasing it down next year :)

Up next I have back-to-back 5k races: Run Into the New Year (Dec. 31) and the Polar Bear Dash (Jan. 1). Anyone else running these events? OR, anyone have any tips for running back-to-back races? 

I want a great time at both events!

- ST


  1. I wanted to run this one but never got around to signing up. Oh well, congrats to you!! The weather was great Saturday, and I love the medals :)

    1. Thanks Laurie! There's always the Santa Shuffle later this month!

  2. Hi Sun, I am excited to find your blog! I live in Waukesha and ran the Elf 5K. I just started running about a year ago and I am not nearly as fast as you though. :-)
    Are you doing the "plunge" for the Polar Bear Dash? My husband is doing the 10K in the Run Into the New Year. He is thinking of doing the Polar Bear Dash for fun. I haven't decided yet, I am not particularly a cold weather runner. :)

    1. Thanks for reading, Cathy! Are you doing the entire Winter Series?

      I will probably skip the plunge portion of the Polar Bear Dash - I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold :)

  3. I am not doing the entire series. Since this is my first winter running outdoors (I started last winter indoors on the treadmill and track), I wasn't sure if I would like running outside in the cold/snow. I too am a wimp when it comes to cold. The actual running isn't bad, the standing around waiting to run really sucks. I am also afraid of falling on ice. :-)

    1. I am also afraid of falling on ice - I took a tumble last winter and it wasn't pretty!

  4. Congrats on your PR! Don't drink too much on NYE!

    1. Thanks Alysha! We need to get together soon to catch up!