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Not Built For Speed

by Meghann on December 14, 2008

I did it!

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I finished my 5k in record time :) Unfortunately I felt like I was dying the entire time! lol It was both the hardest and most satisfying race I have ever done. Who knew I would get that much from a 5k? The last 5k I did was way back in April and I ran it with a strong 32 minutes finish. Well since that 5k I have upped my running skills and successfully smoked through a 15k, 10k, and Half Marathon. I knew I could easily PR another 5k. I set my goal pretty high, hoping to finish at 25 minutes and you know what?…. I finished 24:43!!! :)

I have learned some lessons though on what to do and what not to do while running a 5k. Let me tell you the whole story before I explain my reasoning…..

I woke up early this morning, with the race amazingly no where in my head. I was way to cocky to give the 5k much thought.. mistake #1. Before I left my apartment I tried my first of the Holiday Clif Bars I got while at Amelia Island this weekend.

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I had been dying to try these, but had no luck in Orlando. When I saw them in Amelia Island I loaded up desperate to see what all the fuss was about :)

THis morning I went for what I had been dying to test out the most: Pumpkin Spice.

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The pumpkin flavor was there, which was great, but the icing topping tasted artificial and funny. I’m interested to try the rest now. :)

When I arrived at the race site I was shocked on how few people were there. I was told the race would be small, due to the quiet sponsor, but I think there were probably 80 people tops running today. Which is a shock, compared to the 4000 person race I participated in last week. lol

I met up with Caitlin and we got our packets and race timers. We also met up with Lindsey from Life According to Mrs. LC, who drove all the way from Winter Haven with her wonderful husband.

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I was so excited to finally get to meet Lindsey! After reading someone’s blog you feel like you already know everything about them so there was no awkwardness, it was instant friendship. This was also Lindsey’s first 5k that she trained very hard for, ti was exciting to help in the breaking of someone’s racing cherry. :) lol

After the group of 10kers took off we all made our way to the start line to wait for the gun. I knew I wanted to give my all for this race, but a few factors were making me a little nervous. I was told there would be no mile markers or clocks along the way so I had no idea where I would be at time the entire run. I also realized I had never tried to sprit three miles before so I wasn’t sure where to pace myself or how my body would react. I suddenly regretted not doing any speed training.

Before I knew it we were all counting down and the air horn blew. We were off. Caitlin and I took off in a hurry. I was literally sprinting across the start line and already huffing. I had done zero sprint training and had no idea what I was in for. At first I felt like I could do this, I could kick this 5k’s behind.

I passed Caitlin in the first 5 minutes, then another guy another minute in. I held strong; thoughts going through my head of mine and Caitlin’s smack talk before the race and I knew I would never live it down if I faultered. :) I kept my pace, not quite sure exactly what it was at the moment. The one bad thing about small races is there was not too many people around me so that I could find a pace, I was gunning it without a second thought.

There was a water station at the half way point where we would circle back. The water station just happened to be at the top of a hill that felt like I had to climb Mt. Everest to reach it. I took the hill slow and hard and was not tempted by the solo water station. I did not want to have to slow down to drink. After the turn my body told me if could not keep at that speed and I could feel my self slowing down. Caitlin came up beside me and I told her this was getting hard. She grunted at me acknowledging she felt the same way. After she passed me the other guy I had passed at the beginning made his was way by as well. Damn.

I knew I was not going to be able to beat Caitlin at this point and that sadly discouraged me from pushing it any harder. My stomach began to cramp and I tried to breathe as quickly in and out as I could. I began to realize I was not built for speed at this point, I was meant to pac myself for distance. My body was revolting against me and I had only just run two miles. It was telling me no thank you. The odd part was my legs felt great, they could go for miles and miles at this speed, it was the rest of my body was was not comprehending the extra amount of force. The cramps were getting painfully worst and I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to finish.

A solo girl began to pass me and I could not believe it. Where had she come from? There were very few females in this race and I was hoping to beat all of them. I used her as motivation to hold on until the end. I kept reminding myself this was a short race and the aster I finished, the faster it would be over with.

FInally I saw the end and began to pick up my pace. The clock at the finish line was inaccurate as it only read the time of the day. I had no clue what my finish time was and at this point I didn’t care. I was just oh so happy to be done!

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I had never felt so much pain in a race before. Which is so odd considering my race last week had me running 10 more miles once I reached that point. I was s gleefully happy to finish I found Caitlin right away and gave her a hug as we waited for Lindsey to cross the finish line a few minutes later.

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Once the three of us were done we sat around laughing and gossiping until the results were posted. Since it was a small race were all pretty much guaranteed a plaque, which made it all seem worth it. :)

Lindsey won First in the 19-24 age group!

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Caitlin won First for Overall Female.

And I happily won Third for Overall Female. :)

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I was actually really happy with this finish. It was a small race, but there was still a big chunk of female runners, so to be able to be the third female to run across that finish line made me smile. :)

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We were all ready for some breakfast after collecting our awards and headed down the street to First Watch, where we were surprisingly seated right away. :)

I ordered the Floridian French Toast topped with Strawberries and Kiwis. Yum!

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It was great being able to eat and talk, I love having foodie friends. :)

After breakfast we all set our good byes with plans to get together in the near future.

I learned a lot of lessons today in my run that I hope I can utilize towards a faster 5k time. I know with a little training and perseverance I can achieve something amazing!

I have a fun filled Sunday ahead of me now that my day has set off on a wonderful start. I will hopefully see you guys later tonight! :) Have a great Sunday!

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl December 14, 2008 at 11:53 am

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!! I’m super-impressed by your 5K time, so the fact that you’re already working on running faster is BEYOND inspiring – keep it up!! And hooray for running with Lindsey and Caitlin :-)

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2 Justy2003 December 14, 2008 at 11:56 am

Awesome job on the 5k and meeting your ambitious goal! I know what you mean about not being built for speed…I definitely am not! I enjoy running the longer, slower pace most of the time…I don’t like feeling like I’m gonna die :)
Congrats!

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3 sarah December 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm

YAY awesome race! i am with you on built for distance . . . not speed! but 5Ks are such good training for the longer stuff! excellent job!

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4 sweetandnatural December 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Way to push through and come out with a great time! Just imagine how great you’ll do if you do some speed training for your next 5K!

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5 Melissa December 14, 2008 at 12:04 pm

OMG that is truly amazing. I am so impressed by your progress. Way to kill it!

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6 Ryan December 14, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Nice job and congratulations Meghann!! I hate when I start cramping, so kudos for you for pushing through it!

I agree on the Pumpkin Clif Bar. I didn’t like the icing either. And I ALWAYS get the Floridian French Toast at First Watch in Sarasota!!! It’s so yummy!

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7 tiffanie December 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm

way to go!

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8 ksgoodeats December 14, 2008 at 12:15 pm

CONGRATS GIRL!!! All three of you did great!!

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9 Molls December 14, 2008 at 12:19 pm

First off, way to go!! GREAT TIME!
You guys have a First Watch there, I absolutely LOOOOVE first watch breakfast foods especially the omelets. Plus, for some odd reason I love their coffee.

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10 caitlin December 14, 2008 at 12:20 pm

you ruleewwww!!!

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11 Kath December 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Congrats Meghann!! Hope you’re not as sore tomorrow as I am today :(

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12 Catherine December 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

So cool that you guys all won awards! Great job on the race!!

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13 Melissa S. December 14, 2008 at 12:44 pm

gahhhh!!!!!! congrats babe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a great time and finish!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you all did fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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14 caitlin December 14, 2008 at 12:46 pm

i only grunt during races LOL

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15 Erica December 14, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Congrats ! You rock! I think you all are incredible for doing so amazing at the race this am! Hope you have a relaxing rest of the day ;)

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16 seecourteat December 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

How cool! Congrats on a great job!

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17 Sharon December 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

HOLLLYYY WOWOWW!!! Congratulations!

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18 Laura December 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Congrats! I’m so impressed with your progress! For someone who hasn’t been running for long, you are AMAZING! :)

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19 Andrea [bella eats] December 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations!!!! What a fantastic race!!!! You did amazingly well for someone “not built for speed”!!! :) I’m just hoping to break 30 minutes at my 5k on New Years Day…

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20 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm

aw great recap! I was thinking the same thing earlier, how it wasn’t awkward at all to meet you. Everyone is so real through their blogs and it’s just like you’re already friends when you meet up! :)

Is it weird that I keep thinking about your breakfast? And looking at your pic of it makes me want it even more lol. Something about kiwis and strawberries…yum!

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21 ttfn300 December 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm

CONGRATS!!!

umm, the same thing happenned to me. i tried my first ever cliff bar the morning before my first half marathon. BAD idea, fighting cramping the entire time! but i did hit my goal… so i forgave it and will never eat another one of those pre-run again!

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22 inmytummy December 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Not built for speed? You are super speedy, lady!

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23 Angela December 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm

meggy have you ever tried the apricot clif bars?

mom has one and i was gonna try it but im a little weary about the apricot. im not a big fan.

oh yes good job on your race. hopefully soon i will run a 5 k with you. I reached a pdr on the eliptical and its getting easier. i did 1.2 miles. doesnt sound like m uch but to me its far as hell.

love you

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24 bobbi December 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

wow way to run girl and way to PR!!! You are getting better and better an day now you will be a BQ!!!

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25 jenngirl December 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Congrats! It sounds like you had a good overall experience, I’m totally impressed :)

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26 Lindsay December 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

WAY TO GO!!! congrats :)

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27 Erin December 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

GREAT JOB MEGHANN!

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28 strongandhealthy December 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Awesome job on the race!

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29 tami December 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

i think it’s hard to run 5k’s and halfs….both are so different. i’m proud of you!

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30 limberkimbers December 14, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Congrats on the race! That’s fantastic :D

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31 Maggie December 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Congrats!!! You did so well :)

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32 Bridget December 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Great race! I agree- there’s a totally different mentality to running a 5K, I need to learn how to prepare for them better, too.

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33 Hangry Pants December 14, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Yeah, you did fantastic! I always think it’s impressive when someone finishes and your time was great. :D

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34 Tina December 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm

What a race! Loved your recap! Congrats on your finish and PR!

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35 biz319 December 14, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Three runners, three plaques – yippee! Good job!

Sorry you felt like crap though!

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36 Megan December 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Congrats! How awesome!

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37 runningwithfood December 15, 2008 at 8:49 am

Way to go, girl! Awesome race!! Congrats!

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38 Elina December 15, 2008 at 8:57 am

You shaved off over 7 minutes from your last 5K… that’s amazing!!! Thanks for the whole story – I feel like I was with you the entire time! :) These kind of mental pep talks really help to relate. I’ve only done one 5K race in my life and found it to be quite difficult (although I never really run outside so that was a huge part of the problem). I can’t wait to do another one next year. Any race is hard because you try to achieve different things. Great job!!

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39 lauren December 15, 2008 at 12:24 pm

great job on the race!! huge pr!

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40 Katy December 17, 2008 at 9:02 am

Meghann,

I’m a few days late, but I just wanted to congratulate you and the other girls on the Elf run — I am a blog lurker of all three of you, and you inspired me to post a new entry on my own blog! It’s here;

http://sillytatertot.blogspot.com/2008/12/rush-rush.html

I’ll post this same comment for the other girls, too … just wanted to wish you luck, and say hi in case we run (pun, haha) into each other at an O-town area event soon!

Katy

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