Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest Race Recap

One of the best parts about racing with friends? It takes some of the pressure off and makes it a lot more fun!

I did Saturday's Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest 5k with Team Olallie* - specifically Michelle, Sheila, Laura and Kat.  

Thanks for the photos, Kat!

Now, normally before a race begins, I am a ball of nerves. I try to stay positive and tell myself it's going to be a great race. But . . . usually a bit of self-doubt creeps in and I start thinking I better line up with the walkers in the back! 

But having friends at the race really helped. We chatted and snapped some pics before the race started. Although I ended up lining up by myself, I was still feeling pretty positive about the race and knew that having the other ladies on the course would help me run better. 

Of course, make no mistake - it still felt tough! As always, I felt like collapsing in the grass after crossing the finish line, although I did feel better than I did at the Bacon Race. My legs were moving a bit better and the effort wasn't quite as hard. 

Here are my results:

Time: 22:22
Pace: 7:14
Age Group Place: 4/130
Gender Place: 10/427
Overall Place: 84/851

So about that 4th place AG - it turns out the girl who took 3rd beat me by only 4 seconds. I was definitely not very happy when I saw that because if I'm completely honest with myself, I could have run a few seconds faster. Just shows that those moments when you allow yourself to let up the pace for just a little bit can really end up costing you in the end! 

Overall though, Team Olallie did excellent and I am so proud of my teammates. Michelle ended up winning overall female and Sheila won 2nd place in the 30-39 age group. Kat and Laura both ran strong as well. 

 Post-race and totally spent!

Watch for Team Olallie at upcoming local races - I have the feeling we're going to be present at a lot more events :)

My questions for you:

  • Did you race this weekend? If so, how did you do?
  • Have you ever missed out on an AG or Overall prize by just a few seconds?

Let me know if you're interested in learning more about Olallie MKE - in addition to participating in races, we also have food, fitness and other wellness-related events!

- ST

*Note: Team Olallie is different from Oiselle Team - although, to make things extra confusing, Michelle, Sheila and I also run for Oiselle :)

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