Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Big Chill 5k Race Recap

Despite being in the middle of February, The Big Chill 5k has always been good to me. In fact, in both my first and second year running the race, it lead to a new 5k PR!

Although there was no PR this year, it was still a solid race. To start things off, here are my race results: 

Time: 22:05
Pace: 7:07 min/mile
Age Group Place: 3/48
Gender Place: 10/311


Post-race with Mom wearing matching Oiselle sweatshirts ;)

The race started decently. I lined up a tad late, but still started in a good position. Not too close to the front, but not too far back. The road was covered in packed snow for a good quarter of a mile near the start but since my legs were fresh at that point, it didn't seem too bad. Slowed me down a bit but nothing I was too concerned about. 

I kept my focus on running steady and using runners in front of me to help pull me along. My focus was temporarily snapped when the runner in front of me slipped at the turnaround point and took a nasty fall. Somehow he popped right back up and kept on running, but it looked like a super painful spill. It was a reminder to me to be careful on the snowy bits!

The last mile was a true struggle. I was working so hard and the packed snow portion from the beginning of the race made it super tough. It felt like I was running through quick sand! I wanted to run faster - mainly because I wanted it to be over - but couldn't. All I could think about was collapsing in a snow pile after crossing the finish line. 

The snow really zapped my energy and I didn't get to kick it in as much as I normally do. However, any race when I feel like I left everything I had on the course is a good race in my mind!

After walking around a bit after finishing, I ran back on the course to find mom and run her in to the finish line. She did great on the snow packed portion of the road!

And so race #5 in the Great Lakes Running Series is done! Just one race is left in the series, Luck of the Irish, and I'm feeling pretty good about where I'm at in the standings. Hopefully luck stays on my side :)

My questions for you:
  • Did you log any miles over the weekend? The weather was actually pretty decent for a race or training run!
  • Completely random: What's the best thing you ate in the past week? 
  • When do you think winter will finally end??

My fingers are crossed for an early spring!

- ST

13 comments:

  1. I had a tough time with the snowsand too. I'm just glad it was a short stretch. great job on your time! congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Nikki! I'm glad the sun was out and it wasn't windy. Made for pretty decent winter running conditions :)

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    2. the sunshine made all the difference!

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  2. Great placing! So fun that you and your mom do races together :)

    We pretty much had no winter here in Arizona, not that we have much of one anyway, but I kinda missed it around Christmastime. I just cross trained over the weekend and the best thing I ate this past week was probably pumpkin bread :)

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    1. Thanks Hailey! Yum, pumpkin bread - I have the worst sweet tooth :)

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  3. Nice job! Running in the snow is so tough - I think it feels like running on sand! The day after I run in snow all sorts of crazy leg muscles hurt!

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    1. Thanks! I agree - for whatever reason, running in snow makes for a longer recovery. I've definitely noticed it this week!

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  4. Congrats on your race! The snow is BRUTAL to run in - I'm so impressed that you can race on it! I have a really hard time with the footing. All my winter runs have been dreadfully slow, and the effort seems 150% more! Its frustrating, but I guess it makes for good mental/physical training :)

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    1. Thanks! I also can't seem to get the hang of winter running footing. I'm kind of clumsy in even good conditions so the snow/ice makes it that much worse :) Hopefully all this winter weather helps both of us come spring and summer running!

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  5. Run in the snow sounds bad ass! Congrats! ;)

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    1. Thank you! It's tough but will help me appreciate spring and summer running more :)

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  6. Congrats on your race! Best thing I ate...I was at a wedding yesterday and the cake was the best! I love wedding cake. Of course I had to run when I got home though to make up for it!

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    1. Oh, yum! I adore any type of cake with buttercream frosting. Definitely a treat worth indulging in :)

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