Race Recap: See Jane Run 5K

If you remember from here, my goal for the See Jane Run 5K this past Saturday was to get under 35 minutes…and I did it! Hello, PR!

Final results: 32:59, 10:37 min/mile

Age group: 73/184

Female: 463/1,573

I dropped by the race expo Friday evening to pick up my race packet.

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This was my first race expo and I was eager to check it out. A bit on the smaller side, they still had lots of fun booths to explore. Tri Sports Jewelry and Apparel had some shirts I fell in love with.

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The motivational quotes See Jane Run had sprinkled around were also a nice touch.

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I was in and out of the expo pretty quickly and onto other important things…like carb loading!

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With a start time of 8:30 a.m., I woke up Saturday around 6 and had plenty of time to nom on a whole wheat english muffin with almond butter and half a banana. I picked up Y around 7:15, and we didn’t have too much of a struggle with street parking even though it was pretty close to start time.

We started warming up just as the half marathoners took off. Thanks to ample porta potties (at the start and finish), we made a trip through the lines relatively quickly, and snapped a pic.

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And then it was time to start!

Although the 5K had a start time of 8:30 a.m., they had us line up in waves so we wouldn’t trample each other like wildebeests. The first wave (closest to the start) was anyone under a 9 minute mile, the second wave was a 9-12 minute mile, and the third was a 12+ minute mile. The waves were pretty loosely defined, and I was impressed by how orderly we all were. Each wave started about two minutes apart, and I felt like it helped to reduce stampeding.

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I took off with the second wave, and of course I went out too fast. I was excited! And it didn’t feel fast! At first. I managed to slow my roll and rein it in a little after the first mile, but that was mostly due to how hot it was and not so much because I showed self-control. When I finished it was 66°F! I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I was feeling it.

I picked up the pace with about a half mile to go and pushed hard to the finish line. I’m pretty proud of that and was excited to see that 5Kers got a medal too. My first race medal! It’s tiny but I love it.

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I’ve been struggling between being proud of pushing hard to meet my goals, and disappointed that I’m still what I consider slow. It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game. I would never tell a friend, “Good job finishing, but your time’s not that great compared to the other 72 people ahead of you”, and yet that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

And then thanks to the powers that be, last night I came across the Mental Muscle article in the new Runner’s World.

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Really, the only person I’m comparing myself to is me. Considering my last 5K time was 42:16, I don’t have a lot to be disappointed about. It took hard work to come this far, and I’m not afraid of the hard work it’ll take to keep improving (and step up my mental game!). I’ve got a hunger to keep chipping away at that pace. Until I get there, I’m celebrating this PR! I earned it!

A quick shout out to Y, who absolutely nailed it and got 5th in her age group! So proud of her!

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And also congratulations to A for finishing her first 5K, even if she did get have to battle pink string near the finish line.

Overall, the event was well-organized, and the swag (chocolate and champagne) was delicious. I did think they could have used better signage to point out where the “goody bags” were at the end of the race. They were handing them out in a tucked away corner, and a lot of people were juggling all their swag in their hands cuz they hadn’t seen where the bags were. We didn’t check any of our stuff in the bag check, but I didn’t hear any complaints and the system looked pretty efficient. I’d definitely run a See Jane Run race again, maybe the half marathon next year?!

Always, Sierra

How was your weekend?

How do you keep your head in the game and avoid comparing your performance to others?

 

See Jane Run 5K!!

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It’s official! I’ll be running the See Jane Run 5K and I am super excited. The last 5K I ran was part of the Run in the Park series in 2011. Seriously, I can’t believe it’s been that long! I’ve run a few fun runs, a mud run and a 10K during that time, but this will be my first official race since I’ve been consistently working on my running skills. Here’s me at the finish line back in 2011…

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This was my first “official” 5k, and there were a few things I learned the hard way:

  1. I didn’t realize taking pictures was the norm during race events, and that’s how I ended up with the above amazingness. Yay for crappy race pics!
  2. I thought I was going for a nice jaunt in the park, but all those rocks, tree roots and intense practically non-existent inclines threw me for a loop. Who would have guessed that trail running was more challenging than occasional treadmill trotting?
  3. I took part in the ultimate battle….runner vs. stomach. Runner’s trots? Sure I had heard of them vaguely. Did I realize they were a thing? A thing that really happens to good people when they least expect it? Especially good people who are inexperienced runners? No, no, I did not. I crossed the finish line and kept running…thank goodness for park bathrooms.

I finished the Run in the Park 5K in something like 42 minutes. I’m proud of that time, not necessarily because of the number, but because I finished strong that day.

I’ve come along way since that first 5K. I’ve worked on expanding my running knowledge, lost a few pounds, been consistent with my running and, most importantly, developed a passion. My goal for See Jane Run is to get a 5K time under 35 minutes. Still not super fast, but a huge improvement and a major PR is always welcome. Wish me luck!

On an unrelated note, went and saw Star Trek Into Darkness with the Mr. last night.

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It was amazing!!!! Granted, I’m a Star Trek nerd at heart (sidenote: I feel like I can’t use the term Trekkie since I’ve never been to a convention but if you asked me to go I wouldn’t say no), but it’s an awesome flick even if you’re not a fan.

It seems like all Hollywood does these days is look for old movies/TV shows and remake them. Remakes can be so tricky, especially when die-hard fans are involved. With these Star Trek movies, they’ve done a great job of enhancing the characters we already know and making them even more likeable. I spent the majority of the movie trying to figure out who my fave was, but I couldn’t decide.

And, since I do love Star Trek, and grew up watching TNG, I’ll leave you with this little bit of amazingness…

Always, Sierra

Are you a Star Trek fan?

Are you running in a See Jane Run race?

Have you ever been struck by the runner’s trots?