Friday, May 11, 2012

Five is the Magic Number

Tomorrow Mike and I are running our fifth 5K!  I would say that is something special in and of itself since 5th, 5K.  Alright you may not think it is as cool as I do, just humor me. 

I also want another "5" to be a big part of tomorrow!  I'll explain later in the post.

Our first 5K was our first race, which naturally makes sense.  It was the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) River Ramble and it was a lot of fun!  I love that part of our race fee went toward RSD since Deaf people are a huge part of my life as a sign language interpreter. 

Mike and I crossed the finish line together and my time was 32:02, which is approximately 10:18 pace. 

June 4, 2011

As soon as we got home, I went online and started researching other 5Ks and found the Sodus Bay Lighthouse 5K.  Perfect!  Mike and I are lighthouse "enthusiasts" (some may say obsessed) and we immediately filled out the form and mailed it in on the same day we finished our first 5K.  

This time we didn't run together, and we haven't run in a race together since our first 5K, and both of our times improved!  Mike ran the race in 28:30 and I finished in 31:44, which is 10:11 pace.  The funny thing is that I had to walk twice during this race and I was still faster than the first time!

 July 4, 2011

In December Mike and I signed up to run the It's a Wonderful Run 5K. I was nervous because it was my first race since my injury (I had self-diagnosed peroneal tendonitis and overuse injuries) and my DNF at the Stockade-athon 15K, but I really wanted to come in under 30 minutes.

Luckily this race course is fast!  We are definitely running this race again this year, hopefully we have similar weather!   

Mike ran the 5K in 23:53 and I ran it in 29:07, which is approximately 9:22 pace.  Unfortunately this race is crowded and if I had moved up to where Mike was I probably would have come in under 29 minutes.  

December 10, 2011

We ran our fourth 5K during our winter series, which we are going to run again this winter, and it was one of the only races where it actually snowed!  Going into it I really wanted to PR but came up slightly short.  My finishing time was 29:30, approximately 9:29 pace, and Mike's was 24:45.  Considering the conditions those times weren't bad at all! 

January 14, 2012

That means that our current PRs are 23:53 and 29:07.  I have run virtual races, training runs and the first 5K of longer races faster than my current PR since then, but I'm not going to count those. 

Tomorrow we are running the Run for the Young 5K and it is my time to get a huge, by a few minutes hopefully, PR.  The exciting part about tomorrow is that one of our friends is going to be running the race too!  She and her sister were in our wedding and it is always fun to see them!

Beautiful sisters

Typical behavior from the two of them

Oh, yea you want to know about that other "5", right?  

Well I am hoping that I can run a 25:59 or better 5K tomorrow!  That's approximately 8:21 pace, about a minute faster per mile than my current PR, but I know I can do it!  I have run a 6 miler in 8:48 pace and numerous other training runs and races at sub 9 minute pace since December.  

The course is "flat and fast" so I just need to play it smart and have a great race.  In the end I would be satisfied with a 26:xx time, but my big goal is 25:59.  I would say an over 3 minute PR is a huge PR, right?

Are you racing this weekend?  If so, good luck!

24 comments:

  1. Best luck tomorrow! You've got that PR in the bag girl! Fly like the wind and have fun!

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    1. Thank you!! I will try to fly :)

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  2. You can do it, girl!!! Think speedy thoughts and go smash it! :) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I'll use you as inspiration!

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  3. You can definitely do it! You are going to rock that PR and yes, that's a huge PR. So excited for you. I am not racing until next weekend.

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    1. It is a huge PR, it's crazy to think that about a year ago I was running a 5K at 32 minutes!

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  4. You are making some huge progress- way to go! I know you have it in you, too. Try really hard to hold back a little that first half mile or mile (no faster than goal pace) to save a little for the end. Can't wait to hear about it!!

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    1. Thank you Laura! I was wondering if that is what I should do, I will try to hold back as much as possible. I've never held 8:20 pace for very long so we'll see how it goes!

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  5. Good luck to the both of you tomorrow...I'm sure you'll ROCK the course and have a great time. Can't wait to read about your success !

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  6. Good luck tomorrow to both of you guys! I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you ran it in under 25...

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  7. good luck at the race! I know you can get your PR! Can't wait to read about it!

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  8. You've got this one girl! Can't wait to read about it!!!

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  9. I'll be shocked if you don't do it :) You got this!

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  10. You're totally going to rock it. You just prove though that training and hard work really do pay off. I will get there some day.

    Have a lot of fun!!! I can't wait to hear how you do.

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  11. good luck!!! I know David and I have tried running a few races together and we always have fun, but it really varies on whether we run together or not

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  12. I love your January picture, there is something very beautiful about it. I hope your race went well!!!

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  13. You can do it! Best of luck!

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  14. That would be an awesome PR! I can't wait to read about it! Best of luck!

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