I ran my first 15K this morning and instantly PR’d! Woot!!
Because I’m apparently crazy, I woke up at 4:50. After going to bed at 12:30. Yeah – that was smart. In case you were wondering what I look like when I wake up – here you go.
I know – you guys are jealous.
We left on time — amazing. Seriously amazing! And took some backroads to get downtown and found parking without a problem. It was nice not be stressed out about getting to the race on time! We were ALL there because the Hubby was running the 5K…
Makeup (which I do wear during a race – but not typically when I run) is amazing.
and my mother-in-law was walking it with the kids. She *might* have regretted that decision – pushing a stroller with at least 75lbs in it up a hill? I don’t think I would even volunteer for that!
After kissing the kids/hubby goodbye (the 5K started first) and using the smelliest/grossest porta-potties ever (and I feel like am expert now – funny what can change in a year!) I found Paula.
The race – Miracle Miles – isn’t named because it’s a miracle that everyone is running in 90% humidity in September (although, I do think that’s part of it) – but because it benefits the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. We ran for those little miracle babies – born too early or too sick. Definitely for a good cause.
There was a good turnout – but not TOO crowded.
Paula and I lined up at the 9min pace. She was undecided how hard she was going to push it, while I knew I was going to go out fast so I could get it out of my system. I’d rather go out “fast” in a 15K over my marathon.
We started with our traditional picture…
And at 7:20 we were off!
I decided to just run and not take pictures – although it was a really nice course. We ran through downtown did a loop towards the Milk District and then back to the hospital. The miles, as expected, were pretty miserable. I started out at an 8:30 pace, leveled off at 9:20ish for the next 8 miles. It wasn’t my fastest run, but I also have NEVER raced in that kind of heat and humidity.
Just for fun, the last .5 miles was uphill. Yay. Thankfully, I remember that at 8 miles though and reserved my energy. I have to say – the BEST part of the race was the end. In the last tenth of a mile this one dude started to pass me, so I kicked it up and finished about 3 seconds ahead of him. Yeah – I chicked him. I think it was my first “chicking” that I was aware of. It felt pretty awesome.
Can you tell?
I finished in 1:27:07 (average pace 9:22)
After the race I noticed my legs were sweating. MY LEGS.
I don’t think that’s ever happened before.
While I was searching for Paula – Christina (from Lou Lou Runs Florida) spotted me! It nice to finally meet her (and her hubby) in person. We found Paula too…
Who announced that she’d pretty much seen everyone (and some weird-ass stuff). She even saw my pace leader (who apparently finished 30 seconds before me – even though I never saw him!). I didn’t see anyone else — which made me sad :(, so thanks Christina for saying hi!!
The hubby also PR’d and finished his race in about 30 minutes. That’s a 2-minute + improvement!
The after party was pretty sweet – lots of fruit, bagels, and coffee from Panera.
The medals, however, were kinda lame
But, I guess that’s what we get for paying under $40 for a race!
The kids ALSO PR’d – as it was their first 5K! Although, I’m pretty sure they were more excited about the face painting.
Overall — I think it was a fun race. I will probably run it again, but I WISH (and I’m pretty sure everyone wishes) they would move it back a month. A 15K would be MUCH more fun at the end of October!!
There was more to the day – but I have to go because we are with friends and B is dancing for us. It’s pretty clear he’s watched WAY too many SYTYCD contemporary dances… I seriously cannot make this stuff up!! Hilarious.
Have you ever run a 15K? What did you think? I think it was the PERFECT length for someone who doesn’t want to run a full 13.1 miles. It was also a great length to kick off race reason. It allowed me to try to run “fast” without burning out.