Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's a Wonderful Run 5K Race Report

If you are friends with me on DailyMile (if we aren't yet, that should change!) or my personal Facebook page you already know the outcome of our 5K race yesterday. If you aren't here is the race recap in its entirety, but you can skip down to the bottom if you just want to know whether we got PRs or not!

Yesterday morning we went to Tim Horton's for our race day breakfast and then just relaxed until the time that we had to get ready to go to the race. Seneca Falls, where the race took place, is about an hour away from our house and we hadn't picked up our race packets yet so we wanted to leave with enough time to get those.

I know that most of you wanted to see our race day outfits, so here they are!

He's wearing a Canadiens (hockey) hat

Bernie wanted in on the action

We got to packet pick-up around 3:00pm, the race didn't start until 4:40pm, and after finding a place to park we started walking to the local Community Center near the start line. Next year we won't leave as early but we weren't sure what to expect since 2,049 people were registered for the race!

After stretching and doing a few warm-up runs it was finally time to start the race. We had already been warned that we would have to line up according to our expected times and they even had signs designating specific minutes per mile pace. We didn't line up near each other even though in retrospect I should have just been up where Mike was, oh well! I took my place near the 9:00 minute per mile group and Mike lined up near the 8:00 minute per mile group.


One special part of this race was that we were started by Karolyn Grimes who played ZuZu Bailey in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". She said her line "teacher says, 'every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings'" and we took off on "wings".

There's Mike on the right!

The start was congested! I tried not to waste too much energy going around people but I had to if I didn't want to run into them, literally! That's why I should have started up with Mike (and my finish time would have been about 10 seconds faster, more on that later). I have to say that people who disregard directions to start according to time are a little irritating! There were people ahead of me already walking by the time I passed them before the first mile marker. Oh well, hopefully next year they will be more prepared!

A 5K is so short that I barely even remember very much of the race. I took water at the first water stop before mile 1 and I dropped the first cup and then spilled the second cup on myself. My gloves were a little wet after that!

When I passed the mile 1 marker the time said 9:45, but my watch said 9:20 something. Mike and I both started our watches when we crossed the start line, but the race didn't have chip times! I think next year they are going to have to since they may be pushing the 3,000 runners mark.

After passing by some Christmas Carolers, I took water at the second water stop and it had frozen a little bit! Mike later told me he only took water at this stop because he had to get the blood taste you get from breathing in the cold out of his mouth. It was only 30 degrees out!

When I passed the mile 2 marker a guy next to me asked me what the time was since he saw me look at my watch. I told him that it said 18:48, but that was based on when I crossed the start line. At this point I knew that if I kept pushing I would get my sub-30 time.

Throughout the race spectators kept commenting on my sparkle skirt! I appreciated that even though it was a small town race there were so many spectators saying "Merry Christmas", ringing bells and cheering us on.

I rounded the last corner of the race and pushed it to the finish. The best part of the race was the downhill into the finish! I saw Mike on the sidelines and ran as fast as I could to the finish line.

In the end my official time was 29:07 and Mike's was 23:53! We both got huge PRs, but I wish that they had chip timing because my time would have been approximately 28:44 and Mike's would have been 23:36. This is why I wish I had started with Mike, I most likely would have gotten an official 28:xx time! Next time I guess.

Here's a video of the race, you can see Mike from approximately 5:07 to 5:13 and me from 5:27 to 5:34 if you look hard enough.

Edited to add: You can see our finishes in this next video. Mike's is from approximately 6:11 to 6:19 and mine is from approximately 11:25 to 11:34.

I am so glad that I had my redemption race and I can't wait to get my official 28:xx 5K time! Don't get me wrong, I still dislike the distance but it is fun to push myself and see what I can do. I know I could have gone faster but I didn't want to aggravate my injury and I am happy to say that I didn't have any pain during the race nor today!

After grabbing some bagels we headed home to watch the Ironman Championships that we had DVRed. Everyone was so inspirational, but the athletes that got to me the most were the 70 to 80 year old men and women giving it their all to finish the race. Watching them stumble and fall, but still be able to cross the finish line really impressed me.

I can't wait until we get to do it!


  1. Congrats on the PRs! Wow, that sounds so cold!

  2. Congrats on a new PR! You guys both look so festive in your race outfits!

  3. Great videos....watched both of them (the start and the finish) and I saw both you and Mike in each one!! Awesome job!!!

  4. Mom - I hadn't seen the finishers video yet, but I just added it to the post, thanks!

  5. Great job girl!! So happy for you! I PR'd in the Reindeer Ramble 5K this weekend to!!!! It must be our new outfits. haha Congrats

  6. That's a great finish time! You should be super proud of yourself, not only for a new PR but for racing in such frigid temps! - Kristin

  7. Found you thru fitness friday, great job! I've never been to a timed race without chips--that's kind of frustrating, but at least you know you can continue to get a pr!

  8. Thanks everyone!

    Laura - we've only been to one race that had chip timing, all of our other races were really small so it didn't take us more than a second or so to cross the start line. I think that next year they are going to have chip timing, it is almost inevitable!

  9. Your skirt is so cute!! Congrats on the race! :)

  10. I really like your red and green race day outfit. I am running a Rudolph Run this Saturday and I don't know that I have anything red or green to run in! Congrats on the PR!!!