6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ERHS Jaguar 5K Fun Run Race Report

This morning I ran the Third Annual Emerald Ridge High School Jaguar 5k Fun Run. This run took place at the high school where we do our interval training, with the money benefiting the Cross Country team at Emerald Ridge High School. The race was very well organized with cheerful high school runners in bright lime green everywhere...

Easton has a strange habit of waking multiple times the night before my races....last night I was up at 2:10, 3:30 and 5:05...thankfully with the race being 5 minutes away and starting at 9:10 I was still able to get my BEAUTY sleep...LOL.

I left home alone, Muscle Man, his BF and the Little Studs planned to meet me at the Finish Line. I signed up paid my $15, got race #39 NICE, found a Honey Bucket for a PRP, finished my Citrus nuun, did 3 laps to warm up, stretched and headed to the start line. The race is small and very low key, with most people walking. There was a group of young girls and a coach in a red Tacoma Marathon T-shirt, they did an ADORABLE jump around cheer... brought me back to my high school days.

The gun fired and we were off. The Race started on the track and looped around the dew covered grass on the soccer field. GREAT start the race with wet feet....thankfully my Pearl Izumi shoes stayed dry. I was in front, what I am at the front? Down the grass hill and headed toward the woods. I am NOT a trail runner. An older man with a strong stride and even pace passed me and disappeared into the forest.

The next stretch I will title "Tall Mom trying not to trip" Roots, rocks, branches, uneven terrain, all scary obstacles for a non-graceful 6'0 goof. I made it out of the woods unscathed. Mile 1 chimed, 6:59. My plan was to start the race around 7 minute mile pace and try to speed up each progressive mile... that was the PLAN. The next stretch of the race was dirt road and a steady incline. There were Cross Country members scattered throughout the course cheering....that was GREAT! Mile 2 chimed, 7:33. Oops, a bit slower than I had hoped for but with the incline I felt OK. Now we were headed for the hill that Muscle Man and I tested last week in the rain.

This hill very like a MONSTER today...I slowed way down and all hope for sub 7 minute miles faded. Good News, I was still in FIRST for women with the leader 200 yards ahead. SLOWLY up the hill, I waved at the male Twin high school pointer/cheerers at the top and headed down. I usually use the downhill to SPEED up...but I was tired, it was hot and I was thirsty. So I did what I could to keep moving.

The coach of the girls was running up as I was headed down... It felt so good to be the one running down as the leader... Oh I am BAD!! Like a large freight train I lumbered around the school and up to the track. I spotted my cheering squad and sped up.. I ALWAYS forget to shut my mouth and lower my arms for finish line photos... Good news!! I WON. The new ME TRIUMPHANT! #1 for women and #2 overall! My Garmin said my time was 22:56 with a pace of 7:25, slower pace than my (flat as a pancake) 10K oops!! Since this was a tune up race for next weekend I am happy with my time. I am running for sub 7 minute splits on the 19th, can I possibly shave nearly 3 minutes off my time by next weekend? Time will tell.


Yes, you have seen this track many, many times...it felt good to give back to the school Cross Country team.
I don't feel like I gave it my all...but I did the best I could today. I woke up with Batman neck so the pain from that, heat and thirst made my head not 100% in the run.
Loving my Brooks Carrot outfit. Run Happy people!!
Look to the right. That is the VERY nice man who took first. We chatted for a bit after the race. I told him I had only been running seriously for just over a year....he seemed pretty surprised.
It was hard to tell where the actual finish was...so I am unsure of my time. There was a chalk line about 20 feet before the chute and clock. So will have to check the race results to know for sure.
Water and a hug from my Little Stud. SMILES to a fun race!

My Shadow is TALL...
Accepting my 1st Place Blue Ribbon...I know you are all JEALOUS.. LOL. The extra cool part is they did a post-race drawing and I WON again. I got a $15 gift Certificate to Road ID, the sponsor of the event. VERY COOL!!
  • Thanks to everyone for the wonderful and encouraging comments. I hope to run just as fast or faster next weekend with Muscle Man by my side.

36 comments:

IzzyBubbles said...

Yep, I was pretty sure you weren't going to turn down a race. Now AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN'T?? You won!!! You are amazing, I'm in awe my friend. Nice work!!

Jen and Rob said...

Congrats! That's awesome!

Christina said...

Very impressive time and coming in as first female finisher is awesome. Great job today.

Marci said...

Great job, you totally rock!!

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Melissa said...

Congratulations on your win! That's fantastic!!! Excellent time :)

Lacey Nicole said...

HIGH TEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with added fist pumps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You brought it, it has been broughten. hehe!!!!!!!!!!! way to go girl. you got right out there! and you really held steady, that is a fabulous race. sounds like some tough terrain, too! can't believe you have another one next weekend, you are READY!!!!!! just keep up the great work. now your legs will be like YES we know how fast we wanna run this 5k!!!!!! :) and i love love love that pic of the leg hug :)

CONGRATS!!! xoxo

legen...

wait for it...

...dary!!!!

Marlene said...

YAHOO! Congratulations Mel! 1st woman and 2nd overall! SWEET! Sounds like you a killer course for a 5K - stellar time!!!

Velma said...

Way to go!!!!!!!!

Croughwell said...

Good job on your race!!

Irene said...

Your race report made my day!
Woohoo!

Jo Lynn said...

Great job Girl! First place.

You're still the fastest runner I know. ;)

Fast, Fast, FFAASSSSSSTTTTT!

Running, kind of. said...

Totally AWESOME! For sure I am jealous! :) Your such a winner! And to win the Road ID too!?? I think you need to play the lottery this week! It is seeming to be in your favor!

Great job!! Now next week...you can for sure shave the time you need!

fancy nancy said...

Wooo hoo! Great race! I'm sure your old ME would be very jealous!!! You should be very proud of all that you have done!

The Happy Runner said...

AWESOME job, Speedster! Way to go!! Yahoo!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

You WON?!?! That is the coolest news ever to wake up to in AUstralia. Congratulations! Love the pics - please congratulate Muscle Man on yet another excellent photographic performance.

1 year in and winning races - you sure are an inspiration Mello!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Nice job kickin' ass out there! Congrats on the win!

Carlee said...

yay for the win!!!! nice report too.

my next race is the Hartford Marathon on Oct. 10

Nicole said...

Congrats on a great race!! I am just in awe of your speed!!

X-Country2 said...

Tall Mom for the WIN!!! That's awesome! Good luck next weekend. I'm thinking sub-7s for sure!

JenZen said...

Whoohoo!! Congrats on a great race and a great finish!!!

Jesse said...

Awesme job! I'm sure sub-7 minutes will be happening next weekend, especially if it doesn't turn out to be a trail run!

Kerrie said...

Wow. Great job! What a fun event!

Caitlin said...

Way to kick some serious butt! Very, very awesome job. Go Mel! :)

KAT said...

WOW, you must feel amazing! I love how your wins shows that women runners CAN kick some major butt! You are on fire girl :)

Morgan said...

Good job girl!!! Congrats!

Lisa said...

Congratulations! You're awesome, and I know you're going to do even better next weekend!

Cindy said...

wow! congrats on the first place!! i don't think i will ever run that fast, but it's VERY inspiring! and you've only been doing this seriously for a year??? you rock, girl.

Robin said...

Mel,

Your shadow is tall, your spirit even taller! :) You rock, girlfriend! I'm so impressed (and entertained) after reading your race report... such a play-by-play! And what's better than a HUGE bear hug from one of your little studs at the finish line??

Already cheering for your next race next weekend!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

great job and I *am* jealous! I want a blue ribbon!

Alisa said...

Wow, second place overall and first woman! That is amazing.

I know that will never be me but it's fun to live vicariously through others. I'm hoping someday maybe I'll place in a swim of the triathlon =). Not that it counts to place one leg of a tri.

My race report is up however, google reader hates me and won't update it. (http://ambitiousaspirations.blogspot.com/)

Dion said...

I discovered your blog today! You are very encouraging!

I just starting my running journey post kiddos and having not been an athlete, it's been a long road.

Looking forward to reading more on your journey. If you don't mind?

sneakersister said...

Congratulations!!! 1st place is awesome!

Swim, bike, what? said...

I loved the recap of the run! Congrats!

aron said...

you are sooo awesome :) you WON!!!

love the pic of the boy hugging you at the end :)

MCM Mama said...

Great job!