New Year’s Day 5k: Race Recap

Having not done a race since September, I was itching to put on a bib and cross a finish line.  My Momma always told me that whatever you do on New Year’s Day is what you will do for the rest of the year.  What better way to kick off 2013 than to do a race then, right?  After pitching the idea to my boyfriend, he decided it was time for him to complete his first race so he signed up with me.

so proud of our bibs.

so proud of our bibs.

I have an intense fear of accidentally over-sleeping on race day so I made sure to go to bed around 10 last night (although I woke up for the ball drop) and then I naturally woke up sans alarm clock 27 minutes before my alarm was set to go off.  I felt very Olympic.  After seeing that it was a torrential downpour outside, I made sure to add some motivation to my morning Wheaties.  36 degrees and pouring rain ain’t gonna stop me from starting my year off on the right foot.  Pun intended.

Luckily it was only a three-minute drive to the race site.  We parked next to my sweet friend Robyn and made the trek to the restaurant that was hosting packet pick up.  I was actually surprised at how many people had turned out to run in the freezing rain.  Go runners!  My friend Brittney was a tiny bit late so we grabbed her packet for her and met her back at the car.  After some photos, we were off to the start line!

woohooo, Robyn!

woohooo, Robyn!

After some intense start line deliberation, the four of us decided that it was best to simply focus on finishing this race.  No time goals, no set pace.  Just run and walk when you need to.  We wished each other luck then split up.  Brittney and I lined up in front of the walkers and behind the runners so we wouldn’t have to start out fast and still wouldn’t have to bob and weave.

The gun went off and we didn’t start running until the actual start line.  Strategy.  A little before the one mile mark, I needed to take a walk break.  I told Brittney to go ahead without me but she was a trooper and stuck with me the whole time.  We only took four or five walk breaks which was good given my current lack of “in shapeness”.  It felt like I was exerting so much effort but my pace was not reflecting it and that was a mental struggle.  But having a partner in crime really kept my mind occupied and it was nice to have a running body.  After the turn around, we saw Robyn getting her run on behind us!  So proud of her for getting out there when she will gladly tell you she would rather be in bed.  We just kept on running at what felt comfortable for us and that’s all we had hoped for.  By the end of the race, Brittney’s Garmin was going crazy and I was dripping sweat and rain from all parts of my body.  Good race.

running partner!

running partner!

We ended up finishing in 37:24.  Not our best but not our worst.  And we were not last.  TJ was able to finish his FIRST 5k in 34:54 and I am so proud of him, too!  They gave out wine glasses to the first 100 men and the first 100 women at this race.  The 100th woman finished in 30:XX so it was crazy to think that if I had been at what I used to be then I would have got one.  Oh, well.  Doesn’t really  matter since we aren’t drinkers.

Overall it was a great race!  My third year running it and always a great way to start the year.  I’m so happy to have had my running friends there to share in the fun and happy that my boyfriend did his first race and already has the running bug.  I can’t wait to do this race again next year and see how much time I can knock off in 2013.

repping the SFM shirt which is usually a much lighter gray.  thanks, rain.

repping the SFM shirt which is usually a much lighter gray. thanks, rain.

After coming home from the race and thawing out in a hot shower and taking an extremely long power/recovery nap, Momma and TJ woke me up to inform me we were all going to go walk.  So we were able to get in another 3.1 miles post race in the dark and in a light drizzle.  Yeah, really starting the year off right.  Cheers to a fresh start and new beginnings.

the only reason to run a race: the shirt

the only reason to run a race: the shirt

2013 Running Goals

Goals, goals, goals.  That is all I seem to think about these days.  Goals are simply dreams with deadlines and I suppose December 31, 2013 will be my deadline for the following goals.  Some of these goals seem a little unrealistic to me, and that is okay.  Dreaming big is when big things happen.  We shall see.

1.  26:xx 5k  Last year I worked my butt off to get from a 39:53 5k to a 28:36 5k then I threw it all away by trashing my body.  I’m slower than ever and that’s okay.  Hard work pays off.  I know that I’m capable of shedding my time with the dedication it takes.  It is just a matter of doing it.  By the very end of 2013, I plan to rock a 5k with a 26 in front of it.  If the last numbers are 59, I’m okay with that, too.

2.  PR the half  I’m still on my mission to do a half marathon in every state and if it takes an entire lifetime, I’m cool with that.  No hurry.  I would rather work extraordinarily hard at making the 5k “my distance” than completing endless half marathons.  However, the half is very near and dear to me so I would like to run at least one half this year and PR the heck out of it.  My sweet Boston friend Christine have sent novels to each other discussing plans for this.  If it happens, it happens.  If not, then I’ll still be alright.

3.  Complete one training cycle  I’m notorious for not following a training plan.  I’ll focus on cross training and let cardio be my training.  Yeah, that doesn’t make up for mileage on my legs.  This year I would like to complete a whole training cycle and stick to the plan.  A fellow Knoxville runner, Brittney has been very sweet in taking two training plans we both liked and formulating them into one.  I’m so grateful for her and so glad that her and her husband are on board with training together.

4.  Participate in a run streak  The San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors have a Facebook group that we all post in to share cool things about the running community.  One of my fellow ambassadors posted the idea of a 2013 run streak.  I willingly agreed.  The only rule is that you run at least one mile per day.  This is probably highly unrealistic in some ways, but I’m gonna give it a shot and see where it goes.  Again, we shall see.

5.  800 miles  This doesn’t seem crazy does it?  I’m just getting back into being a (slow) runner and trying to get faster.  By my standards, that is.  I truly believe that with my half marathon training in conjunction with hard effort then I could make this happen.  Who knows, I may surpass this.

6.  Run or volunteer one race every single month.  This one is definitely doable.  Although I probably won’t do a race every month, there is no excuse for not being out there volunteering.  Working a race is so fun and you meet so many new people.  Getting to see a different side of the racing scene is also a perk.  Really hoping to make this happen this year.

7.  Hit goal weight  My ideal weight would be below 200.  While 199 isn’t my ultimate goal and I don’t plan on stopping there, it is where I would be comfortable at for a while and comfortable with maintaining.  In 2013 I wanna say See Ya Never to the 200s and get the heck out of dodge.  Let’s do it.

These are the things I will be working towards in 2013.  I may accomplish one of them and I may accomplish all of them.  Regardless, I will be proud of myself and proud of the efforts I make in getting there.  No disappointment allowed in 2013.