Thursday, July 5, 2012

FireCracker 5 Mile Race Recap

Mike and I continued our tradition of running in a race on the Fourth of July this year!  We already have a plan for next year so most likely that tradition will continue!

We weren't planning on running in a race on the Fourth this year because this will be the first year we are running in the Boilermaker 15K, which is this Sunday.  However, when I saw YellowJacket Racing's and Fleet Feet Rochester's posts about the FireCracker 5 Mile, I just couldn't resist.  Our training plan called for 6 miles this week so it almost fit in perfectly!

We convinced our friends Sarah and Mark to run in the race with us but unfortunately only Mark ended up running.  Sarah does crew and she hurt her hip/iliotibial band so she decided not to run in the race, but she was there to cheer us on!  Their dog Kiva also was there soaking in the rays and the love from all of the runners and their kids!

 Photo courtesy of Sarah

Race morning was pretty typical for this time of year, 75-80 degrees at the start and sunny.  I don't think that there was a cloud in the sky once the race got going.

Mike and I lined up somewhat near the front, but in the middle of the pack and Mark lined up to the side.  Once the race started, we started our watches and we were off!

 Photo courtesy of YellowJacket Racing

I ended up having to dodge some people in the beginning, which is why I think my watch ended up being well over 5 miles, and I just focused on keeping cool.  Right around the first mile there was a water stop and other than almost colliding with people I was off to a good start.  I hit the first mile around 8:21 pace.

 Photo courtesy of YellowJacket Racing

There were two rather large hills in the first half of the race and I just tried to power up them as best I could and take advantage of the downhills after.  Right around 2 miles we turned down a road near the Erie Canal for an out and back portion of the race.  I hit 2 miles at 8:32 pace, and hoped that I could keep it up since I was getting hot!

There was another water stop right before the turnaround so I knew that I could grab more water to dump on myself on the way back!  I was looking for Mike and Mark and saw them right before the turnaround, but they didn't see me.  Mike later told me that he didn't expect me to be that close to them.  They ran together almost the entire race, except for at the end when Mike got a little bit ahead of Mark.

Right before leaving the out and back portion, my watch hit 3 miles at 8:38 pace.  It was at this point that I was starting to realize that my watch was about .1 miles ahead of the mile markers!

Mile 4 was the toughest mile for me physically because of the hills.  I tried to get my pace as close to 9 minutes as possible and hit 9:12 pace.

The last mile a woman ran by me and said, "this part will pick you up".  I asked her why and she responded, "because everyone is out cheering for you and don't forget about the hill at the end."  How she knew that I had never run the race before I'm not sure, or maybe she just decided to talk to me!

Unfortunately, she was wrong and the people sitting out waiting for the parade didn't cheer very much, at least not when I ran by.  There was one more water stop and then we ran up a hill, which I hoped was the hill the woman was talking about, and then down toward the last turn.  My watch had hit 5 miles and my pace was 8:40.

 Around this time Mike was probably finishing
Photo courtesy of Sarah

Great job!
Photo courtesy of Sarah

One volunteer at the turn said, "just around the corner, up the hill and you are done!"  I guess I got my hopes up with the hill before!  I could hear the announcer saying, "2 minutes left to come in under 45 minutes, who wants it?"  Well, I wanted it!

I kicked it into gear and ran, as fast as I could, up the hill.  I saw Mike on the sidelines cheering me on and ran through the finish line!  Honestly, races that end on an uphill are cruel!  My watch said I was going 8:57 pace for the .12 miles that I was over.  

 I'm in the middle of the photo
Photo courtesy of Sarah

Giving it my all the last little bit
Photo courtesy of Sarah

My finishing time was 44:25 (8:53 average pace), a new 5 mile PR by 7 minutes!  I knew that I was going to PR unless something horribly drastic happened since my previous PR was at an above 10 minute pace per mile, but I was happy to come in under 45 minutes!

Mike also got a PR and came in at 41:24, with Mark not too far behind him at 41:47!  This made me really happy too since I typically finish around 1 minute per mile slower than Mike at our races, but not this time. 

 The sweaty, happy, tired racers!
Photo courtesy of Sarah

After cooling off and talking with Sarah and Mark for a little while, Mike and I hit the canal path for a cool-down.  Since our plan called for 6 miles, we originally planned to run a .5 mile warm-up and a .5 mile cool-down but we didn't have enough time before the race.  Instead we did a 1 mile cool-down at a little over 10 minutes.

I'm very happy with how this race turned out and I hope that our race on Sunday goes just as well for us!  I'm looking for another PR since I haven't finished a 15K yet!

Did you race in a Fourth of July race yesterday?

35 comments:

  1. Nice race and congrats on the PR! I ran yesterday as well, the Peachtree Road Race here in Atlanta. Not a 10 PK, but dang close, which I consider an accomplishment for 60,000 runners! Recap coming soon. :)

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    1. Thank you! I would agree, that is definitely an accomplishment in such a huge race! My brother lives in Atlanta so maybe someday we will run that race :)

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  2. Wow! Great job & excellent PR!

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  3. Awesome job! I totally think it's cruel to have hills right before the finish line... should be outlawed!

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    1. Thank you! It is definitely cruel and not the first time it has happened to us either!

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  4. That is awesome - hills and all! Great job on the PR!

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    1. Thank you! Most of the hills were manageable they just took it out of me after awhile.

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  5. Awesome PR!! I think you'll love the Boilermaker. The worst hill is at the golf course but you'll have TONS of people screaming for you along the way and free beer afterwards. ;)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I've heard that there is only one bad hill so I'm hoping it won't be too bad. People screaming will be nice!

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  6. way to rock it you guys! hope to see you and celebrate boilermaker with a beer together!

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    1. Thanks Eric! It might be hard to find each other but hopefully we do!

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  7. Awesome job, Jamie! That's a huge pr! I agree- races that finish with hills are so cruel... way to power up it anyway! There was a local 5k here, but I opted out of racing in the mid-90's temps... miserably hot! I'm hoping for a miraculous cool down before the tri next weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! I know I was worried about the heat too and still am for Sunday. I hope that for your sake it cools down for your tri, at least the swimming and biking will be cool enough!

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  8. Congrats on the race and the new PR!!

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  9. Nice Run! Have a blast this weekend!

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    1. Thanks Christine, too bad you can't be there!

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  10. Great job on the 5 miler! And congrats on your new PR! It sure was hot yesterday! The heat made me feel really tired.

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    1. Thank you! I was definitely really tired the rest of the day!

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  11. Uphill finishes are definitely cruel!! Good job on your PR though :)

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    1. Thanks Leah, it was cruel but I made it :)

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  12. You killed it! And with heat and hills too--excellent job--congrats! I've experienced that same thing when a crowd just stops cheering when I pass--like their person went by so they sit there in silence. So weird.
    Yay for Chi RnR!

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    1. Thanks Marcia! I agree, it was slightly weird!

      I'm exciting about Chicago, we just found out our corrals I'm in 8 and Mike is in 5.

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  13. Looks like a nice race but some serious hills judging by those photos! No running for me this holiday, we hosted a party so there was no time! Congrats on your PR!!!

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    1. They definitely were pretty big but we've had worse in other races! Thank you, I'm glad you had a great holiday!

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  14. Wow, you must've been on such a high! Go you!

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    1. I'm was pretty excited, definitely happy with my new PR!

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  15. Congrats on the PR - those hills look cray cray!
    Good luck on Sunday!

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    1. Haha they were crazy! Thank you!

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  16. Congrats on the Pr. It looks like it was a fun race :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It was a lot of fun, hopefully we will do it some other year.

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  17. There are actually really small number of races during the summer. Definitely nothing over the 5K in Baton Rouge probably because it's so hot. Congrats on your PR!

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    1. Thanks Rena! I figured you probably didn't have very many races right now, but you have a lot in the winter!

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  18. Way to be....Jam-ie! <---you see what I did there? haha!

    Great job! The heat and hills together are TOUGH STUFF. You killed it.

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