Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's a Wonderful Run 5K Race Recap

Last year Mike and I ran the It's a Wonderful Run 5K in Seneca Falls, New York and it was amazing! It was my first race after my DNF at the Stockade-athon 15K and my peroneal tendonitis and overuse injuries.  To say that I was nervous about how the race was going to go was an understatement, plus I wanted to officially run a sub-30 5K. 

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.

 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!

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on a new 5K PR! We have a handful of races that we do every year and a few of those are 5K's. It sounds like you guys have found one you'll be running for many years to come! Congrats to Mike on a very speedy race too!

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  2. So proud of you!!! You are awesome:) Also, last year my windshield cracked overnight...what a pain!!!

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  3. Woohoo for a new PR--congrats! Seneca Fall is near my alma mater, so I almost did the race last year, but I couldn't convince my running friends to go with me. (Most likely, there was a holiday party or something, lol.)

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  4. What a fabulous way to finish out a year of races :) I've run races twice before but the race organisers around here are a little 'indecisive' so the courses never seem to be the same twice... Makes it seem like a new run every time lol

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  5. Congrats, Jamie! That's an awesome time!

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  6. So happy for you and your Pr. I heard today how large the race was, I have a thing about running in the dark so I ended up running the one this morning (obviously LOL). Great job though and glad you got your windshield fixed. I got an dirt ice chip stuck in mine once and it scratched the crap out of it when I used the wipers...

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  7. nice recap! I'm bumming that I missed it...but ded on the list for next year! I'll have to consult with you before about the course!

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  8. Lovely recap! Yes, I've done a race twice.....I've done this a lot. I love to see the progress from year to year. There are a few I love and will continue to do it. Great job with your race! You are incredible!

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  9. Super fun! I haven't ever tried a late day race, but I'm loving all the holiday runs!!

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  10. Holy crud that was fast. Awesome job on the PR! What a great way to end your racing year and prepare to dominate 2013!

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  11. I love that picture on the bridge! Fun and festive for a 5k. Congrats on your new PR!

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  12. I 'raced' this weekend. HA! I was a part of the race but wouldn't call it 'racing'. It was a lot of fun though. Great job!

    That race looks like SO much fun. I'm so excited about your PR. Look how much faster you became in a year. You're such an inspiration!

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  13. Yay for the new pr!! There are a few races I like to repeat (Turkey trots, etc). Awesome job, and I love your outfits!

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  14. Awesome race! Great job on the new PR! I really want to do a christmas themed race so I can dress up because clearly that's the best thing ever.

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  15. My daughter and I were supposed to do a Jingle Bell 5K, but were laid low all week by the flu so we had to pass. I didn't even tell her that we were missing it as I didn't want to upset her. But I slipped and said something this morning and she was super unhappy with me. I promised her we'd do our own version of it this week sometime.

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    1. I hope you get to do something with your daughter this week!

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  16. Love the outfit! :) Congrats on closing out the year with a PR!

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  17. Thank you so much for saying such nice things!! :) I'm so happy we got to meet you and Mike - even if it was only for a few minutes. Evan and I loved this race and definitely want to make it a yearly tradition. Next year maybe we can actually hang out afterward!

    Congrats again on your PR!! Such a great way to finish off 2012. Can't wait to run with you in June!

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  18. Congrats on the PR!! What an awesome way to end the year!

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  19. Lol what cool outfits! I would love to run in get ups like that...congrats on your PR...must of been the hat!

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    1. You can run in an outfit without a race, I won't judge! The hat must be lucky, good thing that guy picked it up for me!

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  20. Congrats on the or! Mine is 29:07 I think!!!

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