Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snowball Shootout 5k Race Recap

Last weekend was a very exciting weekend because ... I finally got to race again! While still a bit chilly - low 20s at race start - by Wisconsin standards, it was a good day for a winter race. 

Because I hadn't raced since November, I was more than ready to throw myself into this one and see what I could do. 

So the interesting twist with this race was a 1-mile race within the 5k race. The first three men and women to cross the 1-mile mark would win a cash prize. The week of the race, I went back and forth on my strategy for the race. Should I go for a fast first mile and then jog the second and third mile? Or, should I race a smart 5k and see where my fitness is currently at for the distance? In the end, I decided to go for a smart 5k race because as fun as it would be to throw caution to the wind and run an all-out mile, it might not be the best decision in the long term. 

Even though I was not racing for the 1-mile prize, I still lined up a bit closer to the front than I normally do because I didn't want to get stuck behind any crowds of people. The first mile was pretty uneventful. My main focus was going out fast but at a pace I knew I could hold for the entire race. I crossed the 1-mile mark at 6:58. I was actually pretty surprised by that because the pace didn't feel that fast!

During the second mile, my main focus was catching and passing as many ladies as I could. I got past two and had one within sight that I made my goal to reel in by the end of the race. I had a minor scare with a slip during this mile, but fortunately caught myself before I fell. However, it was a reminder that I needed to be careful! 

At the turnaround point, also the 2-mile marker, I could see I was the 5th female and that I was getting closer to the woman in front of me. Usually at this point in the race, I tend to slow a bit out of fatigue but not this time. Instead, I felt pretty good and told myself I was going to keep pushing til it hurt. The distance went by pretty fast and soon we were less than a quarter mile from the finish at which point I decided to kick it in. Just pretended I was sprinting a lap during Y-Fuse! The next thing I knew, I had moved up to 4th female and then crossed the finish line. 


My results:

Time: 21:33
Pace: 6:56 minute/mile
Gender Place: 4/269
Age Group Place: 1/41

So overall a solid race! I was pretty pleased with my time and pace and the effort it took for those times. Also, an AG win always makes a race extra sweet :)

Mom and I after the race!

Up next is the Luck of the Irish 5k in mid-March. I can't wait to see what I can run at this race with a few more weeks of training under my belt!

My questions for you:
  1. Did you race last weekend? If so, how did it go?
  2. When racing, do you embrace the pain or try to distract yourself from feeling it?
  3. What are you most looking forward to this week?

I can't wait to meet some friends for tacos on Friday night!

- ST

30 comments:

  1. Wow congrats! What a great race for you. You are one speedy girl!! Fun

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    1. Thanks Deborah! It was a fun Sunday morning :)

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  2. Yay Sun! What an amazing race you had! For your first mile to be two seconds within your average overall pace is awesome! Way to go :). I did a 10k in October where they had a prize for the fastest first mile as well and I thought it was an interesting concept haha...it's fun to win something, but sometimes I think the satisfaction of having a great race overall is more worth it than just having one good mile if that makes sense :). I try to embrace the pain of a race, but sometimes it gets a little bit hard for longer ones. Always a work in progress! Congratulations on a great 5k! My athletes have there first big meet on Friday afternoon into the evening so I'm excited for that!

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    1. Thanks Hailey! That's pretty much what I decided - while I would have loved to race that first mile, I would have struggled through the second and third mile and that wasn't really the way I wanted to run my first 5k of 2015 :)

      How fun for your athletes - best of luck to them and you on Friday!

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  3. 4th place, but 1st in age, you go girl!!! That is awesome, I loved reading this recap, you totally fought for that, and what a pace!!!!
    That is a great race picture too, you look so relaxed in it, like you're just running fast pretty effortlessly:)

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I did feel oddly calm at the end of the race. I was feeling the pace but knew the race was almost over :)

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  4. Nice work!! I love the feeling of passing someone as you make the final push to the finish. 5ks are definitely full of pain in those final stretches!

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    1. Full of pain, but full of satisfaction once you cross the finish line :) I heart 5ks!

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  5. Congrats on the AG award! What a great way to kick off your 2015 race season!

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    1. Thank you! Hope I can continue to race this well the rest of the year :)

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  6. Wow nice job!! Those are some 5k miles to be proud of! By the sounds of it, I reeeeally wish I felt like you at the end of a race!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I usually feel like death by the end of 5k races but surprised myself on Sunday :)

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  7. Nice job! An Age Group win is always a nice added bonus! :)

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  8. WOW!!! Great race and awesome age group win!! Especially in those cold temps! Congratulations...You are pretty darn amazing, lady! No races for me...not since January and not until April!

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    1. Thank you! You're too sweet :) You're training is going so great for your spring marathon I just know you're going to crush your goal!

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  9. Congrats on the great race and AG award! Looking forward to following along.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Congrats to you on your weekend races :)

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  10. Congrats to you!!!
    I didn't race, but did a long run
    I try to distract from the pain or just zone out.

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    1. Thanks Jen! Your long run looked fantastic and so fun to have a group to run with :)

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  11. What an awesome job, your pace was killer!! You are so speedy! Congrats!

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  12. Wow, amazing time!! I can only dream about a 5K that fast! Great job! I was supposed to race this past weekend but took a DNS because of sleet and freezing rain. I didn't want to take the chance of a slip and fall so close to my marathon next month!

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    1. Thanks Sue! I would have taken a DNS, too - not worth the risk in those conditions!

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  13. I wish I could run a Winter race (not that I have run one at all...yet). I have Raynaud's Phenomenon and my reaction to the sensation of cold keeps getting worse. Sorry you tripped!
    Were the course and city made pretty by Winter?

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    1. Fingers crossed you can experience a race when the weather warms up :)

      The course is not the most scenic but it's pretty flat and an easy one to run so no complaints from me!

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  14. CONGRATS! You're so speedy at 5ks! Keep the wins coming!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Hope your running is going well :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing your views. Congrats for making it in top 5. I am preparing for half marathon.

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    1. Thanks! Best of luck training for your half marathon - I'm sure it will be a great race! :)

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