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.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Enumclaw Street Fair 5K

The night before the race was clear and warm. Full moon high in the sky before darkness set in. I snapped this photo of Mount Rainier from our back porch.
Race morning I wore my Deshler Design polka dot headband HERE, running skirt and Brooks Green Silence shoes. The weather was perfect about 66', there was a large crowd when I checked in, so I thought it would be best to find the Honey Buckets. The men in front of me in line were FUNNY and noticed my bright shoes.

With 10 minutes to go I was out of line and back with hubby, we snapped a couple photos.

The race was even chip timed, VERY COOL!!
It was pretty sunny, so we tried this photo again in the shade.
Getting a 4+++ year old and a 2++ year old to pose for a photo is FUN (sarcasm).
I decided to get in position early, I was alone until a beautiful blond woman started chatting with me. She had a bright blue shirt with sparkly glitter, my kind of gal!! She introduced herself as Erika, a nd let me know that she reads Tall Mom. AWESOME! I love meeting new people, we exchanged a High Five and I got glittered :) Pre-race sparkles.
  • The race directors made an announcement about where the 6 minute miler should be and Erika left me. I was hoping for 6:45 pace, so I stayed up front. We were warned about the single track dirt trail...URGH! My Green Silence are road shoes, not dirt trail or gravel.. I chatted with a tall fit woman who was most likely in my age group. And we were OFF!
Muscle Man the photog, I always flash him a smile at the start and a grunt at the end :)
The woman to the right of the photo is Delene, she is very lean and made for running. I WISH I could have kept up with her!! I positioned myself with young guys, fit older men and Delene, in retrospect I should not have been so close to the front. Once we reached the single track I noticed I was going WAY TOO FAST! This is a classic Tall Mom Mistake. I go out fast, then CRASH. Not a smart race strategy. I slipped and struggled to find my footing on the little trail through the weeds. Once out I immediately got a side ache. Mile 1 chimed 6:26... Hence the side ache, that was 20 seconds faster than plan.
  • Yep not even half way and I was STRUGGLING! Just then I was passed by two lovely blond teenagers. I wanted to stay in second, but my pace was slowing, I settled for 4th. The turn around a little backpack and I could not get my pace below 7's. Mile 2 chimed 7:18, wow I had slowed significantly. My confidence took a punch as a woman who appeared to be my age passed. I could not speed up! Erika passed on the opposite side and cheered me on, I wanted soooo badly to make her proud, I love that she took the time to cheer. I also spotted Sarah my Facebook buddy and former basketball competition in high school.
Back to the trail and I stopped looking at my watch, I knew it was BAD! Another woman passed me. Defeated I TRIED to speed up. The last stretch was PAINFUL, why do I sign up for these races when I am not ready????
I have been training for Marathons, I need to rethink my training if I want to have a strong 5K all the way to the Finish.
Although I did not follow my race plan, I finished with a race PR!! 21:38, which is 6:58 pace. I love that I could finish with sub 7's, although I wish it would have been consistent. 3rd in my age group and I think 6th or 7th female. Delene got a 20:01 and made her Grandpa proud, we chatted for a bit post race.
  • The Little Studs were getting fussy, I like to wait for the announcements and to cheer others on, but it was clear our kids were DONE. Family had to come first. We perused the street fair ending with the Firefighter booth.
The Little Studs each got a hat and badge and the GREAT Firefighter let the boys sit in the truck.
All in all it was a fun day. I made a fatal mistake, but still ended with a race I can be proud of. I plan to work on speed and consistency to get ready for a comeback 5K in August.
  • How did your weekend go?

28 comments:

Amy R. Nelson said...

Congrats on your race! That's a good two minutes faster than I've ever done a 5k!

I did my first ragnar relay this weekend, and had a blast!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Hey, Sorry you felt you weren't doing your best, but you still did awesome! I haven't been able to run for over a week so now I have to wait even longer to run my next 5k, but I am just hopping to get a 35:00!

TiredMamaRunning said...

Congratulations on your PR! The short distance PR's mean a lot since you've really got to commit to a certain world of hurt to get there.

P said...

"Go out fast then crash and try to hang on" seems like my race strategy lately, too! :-)
Even though it doesn't feel as good as running consistently, you ran a great race and can always be proud of a PR (plus a podium)!

Courtney said...

Sounds like an awesome performance, even though you weren't pleased with all of it!
Totally love the glitter :)

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

What a great race!!!! It's funny how it seems like running is just running, but training for particular distances really does make a difference. :)

As for me, I won my first race this weekend. I was too excited, because I never dreamed in a million years that I would actually win. Thanks for your daily inspiration!!!!

marathonmaiden said...

you look awesome in that outfit! bummer you felt like you were struggling in the race but you still rocked it :)

Pam said...

Congrats on the PR! I think that's a fantastic time!

LMC said...

Congratulations on your PR! That's great and a rocking time. Now, you know you can finish a 5K even if you start out too fast. That's a good thing! Have a great week!

Erika said...

way to go on your PR! And I love, love love your pokadot headband!

Tricia said...

Whooohoooo!!!! Super awesome, and you are looking hot lady!

As for me, I completed a difficult 10 mile run today. It was 430pm,95degrees and miserable. We had a super early flight into texas this morning then a couple hour drive and THEN we ran the ten miles. Giving myself props for completing it instead of using traveling and the weather as an excuse.

Have a great week!

Cynthia O'H said...

I know it wasn't what you wanted, but you still ran really well. I had a race a few weeks ago when I had to run on gravel and wish I knew about it ahead of time. My reaction was the same.

Mel, you need to take some time to rest. You'll be glad you did.

Melissa said...

LOVE the pictures! You did great!

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Jen said...

I think I will enjoy 5ks more after I compete in a marathon...

J said...

Great job on the 5k Mel!! I know that I go out too fast sometimes too in those races and then die and it is not fun at all. Love the outfit! You look great!

abbi said...

Woohoo on the PR! And, that's an awesome photo from your back porch!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Sweet!! Congrats on a new PR. That is such a fast time...

Marlene said...

It's HARD to pull back for that first mile of a 5K. Congrats on the PR, even if the race didn't go as planned. Incorporating 5K's in marathon training is not easy, which I have learned in the last couple of weeks. ;)

runkerarun said...

Awesome job on the PR :)

FYI, I used to be totally against running skirts, but all you ladies wearing them is really making me rethink my stance... I want one! haha

Lisa said...

nice job. i think if you can learn to pace yourself better at the beginning, you will surprise yourself with how much faster you get to the finish line.

my weekend sucked. first my daughter, and then I ended up with strep. be happy you were healthy and running!

suzy@countdownto26.2 said...

Congrats on your PR! Sorry you struggled so much to get it though! Sometimes I think 5Ks are the hardest of all races. Seems silly, but I guess it's all about what kind of runner you are. I prefer slow and far :)

Lacey Nicole said...

congrats on the PR!!!!! sometimes it's very hard to follow a plan. i'm sure PRs are made all sorts of ways :) clearly!!! i cannot for the life of me pace myself. you'd think the garmin would help with it. elliot is outstanding at pacing. you did great and that 6:26 mile WHOA! way to kill it :) even if you "aren't readY" for the race you can bet it is part of the process and that race actually adds to your training and will help you toward the next one!!! i think frequent racing is a good thing! i need to take my own advice!

runningitoff1 said...

Congratulations! What great weather! I will forever be in awe of your sub 7 min/miles. I can't imagine I could achieve anything close. I also love your style. I am loving the feminine fitness style!

Megan said...

Congrats on the PR!
My weekend was tough. Way too hot for my 7miler last friday.

Teaching Heart Mom said...

Nice job on the race. Love the pic. of mt rainer. we use to live in silverdale and i loved the view of the mountains. miss that! keep up the great posts!

Julie said...

wow. way to go! I'm doing my first official 5k since I've been serious about running on August 7th and I'm FREAKED about it. I realized I have no idea how to run a 5K or what to shoot for. I have no idea how its supposed to feel or the degree of hurt! HA! Maybe I'll do a 'virtual' 5K for the heck of it this week to see how it feels.

TallGuySurfing said...

Awesome, Awesome time!!! Love the picture of Rainer in the background. It's so beautiful out there on the clear days!