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September 20, 2009

A PR’s a PR, right?

Filed under: Race Report — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:55

So I’m not really sure where to begin with this. I guess I’ll start at the beginning.  That’s always a good place right?

The original plan: run with some friends, have fun ( and kick that punkass kid’s ass too).

Somewhere between yesterday afternoon and this morning every single person who was going to go with me bailed.  Yup, every. last. one.  So I had to revamp my plan, not to mention figure out how to get there as my ride opted out of going to as well as nix the picture idea because there was no one to take pix and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my camera in my car.  So right there? Not such a good start to the morning.

It was made a little better because of the fact that it was 44* when I got up. Since I thought I was going with a big group of ppl I slept until 0800 (the race started at 1115).  If I had known I was driving myself I might have left a little earlier as parking was sure to be a mad house.  Ate my standard pre-race breakfast: pb & banana on an english muffin with a big bowl of cheerios and the remaining banana slices.  Yummy.  At least in theory, because I was now anxious about going to the race by myself I wasn’t really able to enjoy it.

So there was little traffic and decent music on the ride down there.  By some miracle I got one of the last free parking spaces by the State House.  I picked up my t-shirt (no smalls left boo! AND only the first 1000 pre-registered participants got race bags — LAME) and headed back to my car to drop off my backpack and take off my warm clothes. By this time the weather had warmed up to about 60*.

Alright so long wind up to the race itself.  I warmed up about 45 minutes before the start.  I jogged for about a half hour or so and then did some strides.  By the time I got to my corral (2nd one baby! They did it on “projected times” and I had listed mine as a 22 mins) there was about 5 minutes until the gun.  Perfect timing. Not to mention I was lightly sweating and feeling good and also nervous. This is also the location where I ran my first (and only so far) marathon last spring and there were some good memories related to that.

The gun went off and it took me about 30 -45 seconds to cross the starting line.  Grrrrr. I mean, with lots of ppl there it was a very fun atmosphere but it made the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile really congested and I was weaving in and out of ppl. In all honestly, I think I ran more like a 3.2 or 3.3 mile race with all the in-and-outs I was doing to keep my pace.

At first my legs felt kind of tired and I thought “holy moly I think my warm up was too aggressive and the 10.8 miles I ran yesterday were a bad idea”.  Only more explicit.  I am a trucker/sailor trapped in a 22 year old female’s body.  And yes, I did run 10.8 miles yesterday.  It was cool and nice and my legs felt great.  At the time.

I don’t know what my 1 mile split was (I don’t know if there was no marker or if I’m just blind) but my 2 mile split was (on my watch) 12:42.  Holy moly! I was flying! Unfortunately my realizing how fast I was going caused a little crash and burn.  I think I’ve blocked out what I hit the 3 mile marker at because I know I looked but I cannot for the life of me remember.  The last .1 was uphill and it sucked.  A lot.

[Edit: Interesting to think about that after my half 2 weeks ago I wrote a post-race post about not going fast enough at the beginning and being too conservative.  Clearly not the case here.  Must find happy medium!]

So if you stick through all that whining that comprised this race report you deserve the stats:

Final time (official chip time): 21:32.  6:56 pace.  76/1810 in the F0139 age group — which for all you non math ppl is top 4.2%. 431/5365 (top 8.03%).

When you look at the final stats, it’s not so bad.  I mean, I just lost my 5k virginity here ppl!

But I can’t help but feel disappointed.  Even though I claimed my goal time was 22 mins I was hoping for less.  Granted, I did go faster than that but I was hoping for smoking fast. I also don’t really have anything to compare this too.  And not just compare vs myself.  I honestly have no idea where 21.32 fits in the grand scheme of running? Good? Average? Bad?

I think a lot of my mood also is dependent on how all my so-called friends backed out and I was left going alone.  Don’t get me wrong, racing is fun even when traveling by myself but a 5k isn’t really justification for me to go to a race myself.  Especially since the atmosphere was so fun and positive there.  And there were so many people.  Having someone there to share it with would have been really nice. So I can’t really tell if my disappointment is in the race itself or the treatment of my friends.

Since I didn’t have anyone to hang with after the race I didn’t bother cooling down in Providence.  I drove home, ate lunch with practically the only friend who I can depend on to keep their word and then went for a head-clearing cool down.  I know that it was, like, 2.5 hours after I had finished but I felt I needed to run again.  My legs were a little achy at the beginning but by the end all the gunk in them was shaken out.

And woah.  Long ass post. Thanks for reading it all (assuming you did and didn’t just scroll all the way down).

Just as a final note, I’m totally not fishing for compliments here (which I was accused of when talking about my disappointment to someone).  I know a lot of you are type-A’s too so I’m sure you can understand what I’m going through.  As the post is titled: a pr is a pr.  Plus the disappointment in this race should give me fuel to go at it harder for the next one 🙂


  1. Congratulations!!! You absolutely smoked the field. That is awesome. Take a bow. Hell, take two bows!!!

    Comment by a marathoner — September 20, 2009 @ 16:35

  2. 21:32 = awesome to me. Congrats.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 20, 2009 @ 16:39

  3. A PR IS a PR. Congrats on that. Now you get to push yourself to do better, and that’s the best part of all.

    Comment by Food Makes Fun Fuel — September 20, 2009 @ 17:01

  4. 21:32 is an awesome time!!! I wish I was that fast. And this was your first 5K! I know you were pretty nervous, but now you know what to expect so I bet if you were to do another one you would be even faster, which is amazing. Congrats!!

    Comment by Michelle — September 20, 2009 @ 17:04

  5. Congratulations on a successful race! Don’t worry, most marathoners have trouble pacing themselves evenly on a 5K. Your time was awesome and you gave a great effort out there. That, my friend, is nothing to be disappointed about! Maybe next 5K you should do only 10 miles the day before. LOL.

    Comment by LARunner — September 20, 2009 @ 17:11

  6. i’m pretty type A but even i embrace ANY PR! awesome job, personally it meets MY personal criteria for fast (ie, wayyyyyy faster than moi 🙂 )

    Comment by sarah (ghost world) — September 20, 2009 @ 17:53

  7. Congrats on the race! That is a great time!

    Comment by Matt — September 20, 2009 @ 18:06

  8. That’s a great time, especially for your first! Now you have something to beat, which as a Type-A person you will enjoy. 🙂

    Comment by runjess — September 20, 2009 @ 18:10

  9. congrats! you did a great job and that’s a time to be proud of! 5ks are really hard i think.

    also, that’s a huge race.

    Comment by emily — September 20, 2009 @ 19:51

  10. I know what you mean about disappointment, even when you know your should be happy. It is good that you did it, even when your friends bailed. That shows committment in itself. And like everyone else said, a PR and running that time are great! And on top of it, you gained racing experience that will help you in the long ‘run’ (ha)!

    Comment by tmart — September 20, 2009 @ 19:53

  11. Your friends flaked and they suck. But you know what to expect now and you still did well. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

    Comment by Katerina — September 21, 2009 @ 00:11

  12. great race!!!!!!!!!!! that is a terrific time and going to be a great time to beat for yourself as a 5k time!!!! talk about a fast first 5k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 congrats:) don’t be so down!!!!!!! you really did great!!!!! 🙂 but that IS DEF lame that only the first 1000 runners got bags. i ran a race where the first 1000 got tshirts and then no luck= you get nothing. luckily i got a prize in that race otherwise i would’ve stayed pissed. lol. come on! where’s the community spirit!

    Comment by Lacey — September 21, 2009 @ 08:45

  13. I think your time is pretty decent. That’s about what a middle of the pack time is for junior college xc. That’s a bit slow for like a D1 school. But that’s really really fast compared to the average population. So, your time is slow, fast and average!! 😉 Haha, I guess what I’m really trying to say here is to not compare yourself too much to others. Anyways, that’s a major bummer that your friends completely bailed. You better give them some sh!t for that. Oh, and fyi guacachips are nothin special. 🙂

    Comment by Liz — September 21, 2009 @ 13:29

  14. AWESOME job!! that is definitely a speedy time 🙂 CONGRATS!!!

    Comment by aron — September 22, 2009 @ 14:22

  15. Hey girl, congrats on your PR! Your time is pretty freakin’ fast! I know you feel a little disappointed, but I think it’s okay. It’ll give you something to shoot for next time! For now, just know that you ran a good race (especially for a 5K virgin!) and feel proud you ran even those most of your friends didn’t.

    Comment by The Laminator — September 22, 2009 @ 18:16

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