This race season just keeps getting better and better!
The Dash of the Elves 5k had been on my running calendar since the beginning of race season, but after all of my friends started bailing I had considered doing the same. Then a couple of weeks ago Kelly had told me she was still determined to run the race and asked if I wanted to join her. It didn’t take me long to say yes. Only it wasn’t the 5k distance that intrigued me anymore, it was the elusive 10k distance that I knew was missing from my 2009 race season collection!
This morning I was pumped knowing a new PR was on its way. For me it wasn’t even a matter of beating my old time of 54:53 (race recap here) – I knew I could do it – it was only a matter by how much.
I fueled for the race with a piece of toast with almond butter and raisins.
I knew from running the Dash of the Elves last year (recap here) that the race would be relatively small. There were only a handful of people running the 5k or 10k distances and the set up had no mile markers and the roads we ran of were not blocked off.
The smaller races are always a nice change of pace. They might not be as sophisticated as the larger races, but there’s no bottle necking and you are almost always guaranteed a prize.
Kelly ended up having to drop from running the race. She is currently recovering from a minor injury and is resting her leg as much as possible so she will still be able to run the full marathon next month. Hope you feel better Kelly!
No need to worry though! I wasn’t alone this morning, Derek was running the 5k and had hopes of setting a new PR of his own.
He was sooo ready to rock the run as well.
At 8:00 on the dot all of the 10kers lined up ready to start.
3 -2 -1… RUN!!!!
At first I took off with the front runners, but quickly realized I would not be able to keep a 7:00 min pace for 6.2 miles. Instead I scaled it back and found a happy pace of 8:00 min/mile.
For the majority of the race I was on my own. There were people ahead of me and people behind me, but no one next to me or very close. With out the push of runners that usually surround me during a race, I had to rely heavily on my garmin to encourage myself to stay at the pace.
It was a pretty boring neighborhood run that consisted of a turn about point and two loops.
The 5kers had started 15 minutes after the 10k whistle blew. I saw Derek on my second loop and gave him a high five. He was doing great and I knew I didn’t have much longer to go.
At mile 5.2 I realized if I finished the last mile in less than 8:00 minutes then I could easily break 50 minutes. The idea of finishing below 50 minutes was foreign to me until that very moment. All of a sudden I caught a second wind and hauled ass for that remaining mile. I was suddenly determined to break 50 minutes and I knew I could do it.
The home stretch!!
And I think Derek caught on film the moment I knew I had broke 50 minutes!!
haha!! Love that photo!
Official Chip Time: 49:34!!!!!
That time earned me 2nd in my age group and a nifty plaque!
Derek did great too!!
He achieved his goal of a new PR with an official chip time of 33:49 and earned a nifty plaque of his own for placing 3rd in his age group.
We had a celebratory at my new favorite breakfast spot in Winter park – The Briar Patch.
If you live in the area I suggest you check this place out ASAP!!!
I ordered the Wheat and Fiber Blueberry & Pecan Pancakes.
Too good for words, but also wayyy too much! I ate two of the pancakes and enjoyed every bite!
I also traded some of my pancakes for a piece of Derek’s Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Omlette.
Very delicious as well!
Derek and I then came home and passed out! Such a great weekend and we still have one more fun event to get too!
See ya tonight with a holiday party recap.