I did just that, I ran 29:07 which was my PR at the time.
We knew that we wanted to run this race again and Mike signed us up awhile ago.
The race doesn't start until 4:40pm, which was nice. We were able to get my windshield replaced (I had a huge crack in it for about a week) and get some lunch before we had to make the drive to Seneca Falls to pick up our bibs.
With my reindeer, next year antlers for Bernie!
Mike's festive outfit
I have to be honest, I wasn't really feeling this race in the beginning. I was a little bit grumpy and my back was bothering me. I didn't really know how the race was going to go but since I wasn't really "racing" it I just figured I would get through the 3 miles at a decent pace.
We knew quite a few people running the race, but unfortunately some of our friends ended up getting sick right before the race and couldn't make it!
After warming up and stretching, we headed over to the bridge to go line up and we saw one of my co-workers and Sarah, her husband and her son. It was nice to see some familiar faces! After chatting for a few minutes we headed over to get a spot on the bridge.
Last year there wasn't chip timing, but this year they had it. Still I knew that I wanted to line up a lot closer than I had last year so that I wouldn't have to dodge people. We were a few people back from the start line and while we were waiting I spotted Lauren and her husband Evan! I knew she was running the race and we had made plans to try to meet up either before or after.
Now, I don't want to sound like a groupie or anything but I love Lauren! I have been reading her blog since before I even had this blog and I remember loving her Hood to Coast recaps. I have been a loyal reader since and we even have plans to run a relay together in June. Also, she's on the Saucony Hurricane team and is quite speedy.
We said hi to them and then waited the final minutes before the start. They had the actress who played ZuZu in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" start the race again by saying, "every time a bell rings an angel gets his WINGS!" I had a hard time hearing her this year but on "wings" we all took off!
Everyone running on the Bridge Street bridge
Since we had lined up really close to the front we were with people who run at a sub-7 minute pace. I looked at my watch after the first few tenths of a mile and noticed that I was at sub-7 minute pace, oops! I slowed down a little bit and fell into a good pace.
I enjoyed the sights, I like that we run this race at night because you get to see all of the lights throughout the village. I also like to look at dogs that are on the course and I saw a Great Dane and a huge white dog with a red bow on, so cute!
The first mile came in at 7:50 pace, but according to the pace clock at mile 1 it was 6:50. I guess they had started it a minute early? These young boys who were running next to me were excited that they had done the first mile at under 7 minutes, I hope they weren't too sad when they found out that it wasn't true!
My quick start started to take its toll on me during the second mile, I slowed down a little bit but I just kept pushing. The course is pretty flat, with just a few "inclines" here and there (nothing compared to last weekend's half marathon!). I had to laugh when I heard this woman complaining to her husband/boyfriend about the inclines.
Around this time I started to get hot and I took my Santa hat off. I hate carrying things while running so I alternated between carrying it and tucking it under my arm. The second mile came in at 8:26.
The nice thing about running a race twice is that you know what to expect, so when I made my way onto the second to last turn I knew that I could pick up the pace. Unfortunately, I dropped my hat on this road! I was going so fast and knew that I had a chance to PR at this point so I just counted it as a loss and kept going, but all of a sudden this guy who had been behind me caught up to me and handed me my hat. I thanked him and he went on his way.
I turned onto the last road and mile 3 came in at 8:19 pace. The nice thing about this race is that the finish is downhill, so I pushed up the final incline and made my way to the downhill. I saw Mike on the sidelines cheering me on and then crossed the finish line.
I had done it again, I finished the year with a new 5K PR! The official race results have my chip time as 25:36, that's a 12 second PR! Not bad for running 4.26 miles the night before and going into it planning on not racing.
Mike crossed the finish line at 23:05, but his watch said 23:00 and his chip time didn't work for some reason. It wasn't a PR for him but he bettered his time from last year, not bad for taking it easy recently!
Happy with my 25:36 PR!
After the race we went inside and got some bagels. We chatted with Sarah, her husband and son for a little while and then we spotted Lauren and Evan. It was nice to be able to talk with them again, hopefully next time we can hang out a little bit longer (and take some photos)!
I love this race! It is probably my favorite 5K I have run so far and we are going to make this an annual tradition.
This was most likely my last race for the year, but I might pace someone at another 5K at the end of the year. Either way I'm at least going to end the racing season with 28 races!
Did you race this weekend, how did it go? Have you ever done a race twice? This was our first time doing so!