|Tall Sister, Erin, Me and Chris.. good times! Empty Steins Before|
Before the race while waiting near the start a Blog reader (Brandi) introduced herself, we chatted for a bit which was nice. I love it when people introduce themselves, makes me feel good, especially when I am solo at the start line. I could tell that she was very fit. I pointed out that we all had on Brooks Pure Connect line shoes. The Octoberfest host, a 6’2 gal in high high heels welcomed us all and even ran a little at the start..
This is how it went:
Mile 1: 7:13 - I felt great but tried to keep my pace in check so I wouldn't burn out or get a side ache. I tried to keep Brandi and her purple tank top in site. Just then my Sister’s friend Chris passed me, this was his first chip-timed race and he did GREAT taking 5th in his age group. My stride felt strong as I passed a pretty redhead. As I turned the corner near the football stadium a spectator said I was the 3rd overall female. This made my legs want to go even faster..
Mile 2: 7:37 – I kept passing folks, mostly men, one guy said “I should not have drank so much last night,” I guess he partook in Octoberfest the prior night. As I passed a couple guys they complimented my gunmetal Team Sparkle skirt. My body started to SLOW and my right calf had a sharp pain. I tried everything not to think about it, but it hurt! I didn't want the cramp to turn to something worse.
Mile 3: 7:59 - My goal was to end the race with sub 8's overall pace. This last mile was a struggle, I got passed by a couple young-looking ladies. I wanted to maintain my 3rd place status, but I didn’t have the steam and my right calf was on fire.. UGH!! I really was giving it all I could, not sure why my leg did not co-operate.
.12: 7:35 - I tried to pick up the pace, smile for the photog and Finish Strong. I didn’t have anyone to chase down, but I saw the clock at 23:XX and sprinted to finish under 24 minutes, which would be my faster 5K Finish time this year (still minutes off my 2012 PR).
23:40- 7:38 pace
1st Place Age group out of 73
5th Overall Female out of 296
32nd Overall Finisher out of 511
After the race we celebrated with a beer and toured the event including eating a Piroshky, taking photos at a Seahawks booth, watching Weiner Dog racing and more…
I really enjoyed the race and plan to return next year. This flat course would be ideal for a PR with some training prior to the race. Spending the day with my Big Sister was GREAT and I even got some Christmas Shopping done at Octoberfest. Funny story, at the t-shirt booth the guys working asked me “Did you win?” I replied “Well, I won my age group.” The guy seemed amazed that I did win and gave me a free sticker of a guy with a handlebar mustache.. I LOVE IT!!