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, July 10, 2010

2010 Kent Cornucopia Days 5K

Thanks for ALL who voted. It was neat to see the division of vote...funny thing is I was still torn even when I was running. It is really hard being COMPETITIVE. I always want to do my best and feel out of my element when I don't. I could tell that Muscle Man wanted to race WITH me, we talked in the car about aiming for a 22:00, which to me seemed great!
Matching outfits and ready to race! I had some cute Gonzaga socks I wanted to sport but they were too tight on my legs so I had to pass. BUMMER! The race was well organized, signs for parking, a big lot, well-marked registration tables, cases of water, Honey Buckets, etc.. We paid $10 because we opted to skip the race shirts. Stretched a little and headed to the start line. We saw a few familiar local racers and were laughing and chatting until the race began. There was a nice lady to my left who had a running skirt on, she was nice, I like it when people strike up conversations. The Race director shot a little gun and we were off.

The course was a little WEIRD with loops and out and backs crossing other racers. With the Green River trail having flood berms half of the path was blocked and with over 800 people (I Think) it was tough to get through the people. Our first mile was STRONG 7:38 pace and I was just getting warmed up. Unfortunately Muscle Man was getting warm too. I kept telling him he was doing great as I people watched:

PEOPLE I WATCHED:
-Young springy dude grabbing the tops of Grass and throwing them?
-Fit couple, guy running backwards next to his lady
-Lots of kids in shoes 2 sizes too big
-A FAST woman with the leading men
-More runners that I could count wearing the BRIGHT Yellow race T's
-A man totally barefoot running with his Dog.
-Dad pushing little ones in a double jogger

As we rounded the turn and hit the straightaway I noticed a young girl just behind us breathing LOUDLY. I wanted so badly to speed up because the breathing was throwing me off. I wanted to stay 1/2 step behind Muscle Man. Mile 2 got slower- 8:32, by this point I was relaxing and trying to encourage hubby to keep moving, I could tell he was struggling. He was not ALONE, many many of the runners around were had labored breathing and slumped postures. Generally when I am racing I only notice myself, the runners just around me and the WOMEN in front of me. Today I got a chance to experience EVERYONE. The girl, with short red hair frizzing out from her hat continued just behind us. I am not sure if she was pacing with us to listen to me encouraging Muscle Man???

The last mile we slowed significantly at one point I saw 11:00 pace and made the mistake of telling Muscle Man, OOPS! I am a MEAN Jillian style coach, need to work on that!! My legs wanted to GO!!! But I held back, close to my man. We played leapfrog with a little boy in a green shirt, maybe age 9?? He would run ahead, walk, run ahead, walk, it made me laugh. hubby was feeling the hit, fading fast and tired of me asking "Are you Ok?" OOPS again!! I need to work on my coaching on the RUN.

Mile 3 chimed in at 9:17. I was not breathing hard or really breaking a sweat but my poor hubby was giving it ALL HE HAD. He Said "I feel like I am going to puke!" Uh oh!! We could see the Finish but I was not really paying attention, I was not RACING. Just then Muscle Man took off!?!?!?!?!?! It took me a second to realize I was getting passed at the end by my Husband, what the? I sped up and was stride for stride, just then Little Green Shirt boy cut in front of me and I had to back off. I could not plow over a little kid. Muscle Man and Little Green shirt beat me. Lordy!!

It was a weird feeling, I could tell that Muscle Man did not have fun it was TOUGH for him. Later we talked about his training, he has been running for about 3 weeks, 2.5 miles max, with the stroller and not consistently. That would make for a rough race. He plans to up the miles in prep for the Run Wild 5K in September. I did not feel the best either because I wondered what I could have done if I raced. I had taken stock of all the women in front and did not think that many women in my age group were in front of us. They had awards for the top 5 in each Age Group.
Could I place when I didn't even Race?
Could I get a ribbon without breaking a sweat?

We waited and waited and sure enough, took 4th in my Age group with a 26:29 almost a PW. The kicker?? A Woman in my age group got a 17:54 or something CRAZY FAST!!

  • One a GREAT note the floppy short-haired girl in the over sized hat who ran 3/4 of the race breathing heavily behind us had WON HER AGE GROUP. The smile on her face as she approached the table with her Dad melted my heart, WE ALL FINISH TOGETHER!!

Once I heard that a woman had such an AMAZING time I was OVER the competitive urge. There is no way I would have beat her. I ran WITH my hubby and I am glad I did. He did GREAT and will only get faster. I truly look forward to the day when I will STRUGGLE to keep up with him, I know it is coming.

What did I learn? I am ready to RACE for a 5K PR!! I looked up races for next weekend. LOL! Will let you know if I register.
Back home to the little studs. Hubby in his race outfit.
And mine with a Brooks Visor, Running Skirt and Newtons. I felt cool, comfortable and cute!
  • During my 5K I thought about my Bloggy Friends Shelly HERE running her 50K and Stephanie HERE doing her 50 miler. WOW oh WOW was I glad to be done running in less than 30 minutes. I am sure their race reports will be an ADVENTURE.
  • What are you up to this weekend? Anyone RACE or PACE this weekend?

32 comments:

H Love said...

Sounds like fun. You both looks so cute. Love the matching! Glad you stood by your man!

Jodi H said...

Great job sticking with the hubby. Cute outfits you two were sporting. I ran a 5k this morning and took 1st in my age group with a 23:23. 23 seconds shy of a PR on a semi-hilly course...I will take it!

Love reading your race reports! And that is awesome about the over-sized hat girl winning her age group!!

abbi said...

Sounds like a great race to run with your hubby! Your outfits are cute. I enjoyed your list of people you watched! Haha! :-)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

The two of you are too cute. Glad you had a great time and ran with hubby. There will be plenty of 5k's for you to PR in and as you said hubby will get faster with more solid training.

So far today I ran 8 miles (I was suppose to run 10 - but it was so humid - I just didn't have it in me). And then I biked 35 miles, moving the 25 miler to Sunday. Great day!

MomRunningFromCancer said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Her Name is Rio said...

It's not very often that spouses can run a race together. Glad you had the opportunity!

P said...

I raced a sprint distance TRI this morning - w00t!
I ran exactly one race with my husband years ago, and it's still one of my favorites to remember. He has since gone on to much, MUCH faster times than me. Congrats on an AG award!

marathonmaiden said...

aww great job to both of you! love the matching outfits ahaha :)

valerie said...

I ran in Run of the Mill 5K (Mill Creek, WA)today, been working through hamstring issues and wondered how it would go, took it very easy. Finished without injury, 45/94 in my age division, solidly in the very middle of the pack of 1700 people in age, gender and overall. Happy, happy! It was awfully hot by the start at 9:30.Glad you guys could run together, so great! My hubby runs with me but doesn't race.

Sarah said...

Awesome job! The coordinating outfits are very cool :-)

Christine said...

Love the matching outfits!! I'm sure your husband was happy you stayed with him. Good job!!!

Darlene said...

Congrats - you both did awesome.

tressaabe11 said...

My husband just did me a solid by running a race WITH me last weekend since I am just starting out and am slow and I totally appreciated it! And today he got to do his first real 5k race and I cheered him on to a good time that should help him in the Chelan Man. So keep rockin on!

Tressa
tressaabe11@blogspot.com

Marlene said...

Congrats to you both!!! Awesome that you stuck together... well, til the very end. I know how MM feels because I was DYING out there today. Pretty much hated life for about 4 kilometres. lol. Okay, slight exaggeration. It was worth it but MAN, 5K's can be PAINFUL!!!

Robyn said...

You and the hubs look so cute in your racing outfits!

destinationathlete said...

Good job on running with him even if it was hard for you, though that time is nothing to be upset about!! (I can only dream about that time, though from looking at your PR I'm sure it felt super slow to you!)

Cynthia O'H said...

You're good to stick with your husband. I couldn't have done it.

I know you'll find another 5K to PB on soon.

Angie Bishop said...

Good for you Mel!!
Congrats to Muscle Man :)
Yay for a barefoot runner and people having a good time together!!!

Shawna said...

You sound so much like me!! My first coaching class I took they told us two MAJOR pacing rules - NEVER blurt out your current pace unless they ask, and NEVER ask "are you ok?" They said that is basically a sub-conscious way of saying "I'm faster than you, can we speed up???" And I was SOOOO guilty of doing both. Bad coach! Bad, bad coach! I've gotten better but I caught myself almost asking it last week - doh! Did you say that you're going to a RRCA coaching cert class? Which one?

玉苓玉苓 said...

先為別人的快樂著想,是超人;先為自己的快樂著想,是凡人;使別人不快樂,自己也不快樂的,是笨人。..................................................

Middle Name Marie said...

I am so proud of your husband. My husband recently started running too. I try to run with and coach him, but always find me asking the same question you did: are you okay? I kick myself each time it comes out. I am proud of him for finishing and of you for staying with him. I am ultra competitive and know how hard it is to stay back. Good job. I ran a 12-miler this weekend as part of my Chicago training.

EricaH said...

i bet y'all looked super cute in running together in matching outfits. love that running skirt. :)

Laura said...

great job...what a great family day for you guys.

Bethany + Ryan said...

i showed Ryan the matching outfits but he said no. :-( you guys look cute! great job to you both! i bet you had a blast, even if you weren't racing!

Julie said...

Nice race! I love to people watch at races...one of the best parts!!

Monica said...

You two look great- how fun! I love that you are wearing Newtons (my current shoe of choice). I enjoyed the descriptions of your fellow racers- so love people watching on the run!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love the outfits! You guys are such a great match.

You did a great job running with Hubbs. I love your people watching. It is so neat to see how other people do when you look at them and think they will a certain way only to get suprised by how they finish.

Thanks for the shout out. I will get my report up. Still waiting on pics from Hubbs. It was the best race I have ever run. I lovdloveloved it!...even if my legs disagree today.

J said...

Great job on the race Mel and congrats on the AG award! I am sure you could have run faster but it must have been fun to stay with your husband! I am sure he will be running faster in his next 5k!

Wifey said...

How fun! Good for your husband; and for you. Love the ribbon - and your matching outfits!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Sean said...

Lots of those top times were people who didn't do the last out & back. I saw several people picking up awards with times around 18 minutes, who I had seen during the race doing a similar pace as me (I finished in 22:43). It was confusing since you did the out & back twice and there was no volunteer to direct people, at least not when I passed.

I'm the barefoot guy with the doberman (Sean & Ziggy Simonsen).

Sean said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Scott said...

Hi Mel,
My name is Allison, also know as the "Floppy short haired girl in the over sized hat." I just wanted to say good job at the 5k, it was my first, and I'm sorry if my heavy breathing was a bother to you. You see, I am very COMPETITIVE myself. And I tend to rush ahead and waste all of my energy. So when I pulled up behind you I thought you had a very nice pace which kept me on track. Also your encouragement to, "your Muscle Man" encouraged me to keep moving on in spite of how exhausted I was. (Which is probably why my breathing was so heavy.) Again Congrats on your 4th place ribbon and I hope you and you Hubby have many successes in the future!

"The floppy short haired girl in the over sized hat."

P.S. By the way I'm getting a better hat.