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Crystal Run 5k Friday: Take Two

5ks are such a fun distance! 3.1 miles is still no joke, but you can run pretty fast the whole time without dying at the end (for the most part). Last night I did the same 5k I did last Friday – The Crystal Run 5k Friday. It’s right outside my apartment building and is just $20, so it’s hard to resist, even though my sister says I’m an “addict.” There are worse things to be addicted to, I think. Winking smile

Last night was a 180 weather-wise from last week – absolutely gorgeous! It was clear and sunny, but still cool enough that I didn’t overheat. My friend/coworker Emily joined me for this race, the one who brought you the microwave risotto.

I feel like I look so short in that photo for some reason, but I’m not – promise.

This week, I’m guessing largely because of the perfect weather, there were sooooo many more people than last week. Probably twice the number at least.

The line to pick up your bib (even if you had paid beforehand) was SO long, but Pacers does a great job with race organization and had it moving super fast so we made it up to the counter in no time. The start area was also not surprisingly super crowded, but we managed to get in a pretty good spot.

One of the great thing about this race series is you really only have to show up a few minutes before it starts and then before you know it…

It’s race time!

I started off feeling a little frustrated with the crowds because it was so hard to go too fast, so I just relaxed a bit and did the best I could. Funny how that works – I kept looking down at my Garmin SHOCKED at how quick my pace was. I honestly don’t know what came over me, but I ran this race faster than I’ve ever run before.

The first mile was super crowded but I still felt like I was going really fast for me, so when my Garmin beeped saying I had done it in 8:18 I was happily surprised slash in disbelief. I don’t think I’ve EVER run a mile that fast before!

After the first mile, the wind really picked up and it felt like it was blowing hard against me. I tried to put my head down and just keep plowing through, focusing on one mile at a time. The Mile 2 marker came pretty quickly, and then I was onto the third and last full mile, rounding back towards the finish before I knew it. I was definitely feeling it a bit towards the end and knew I had finished really really fast, so was getting ready to be done!

Here are the stats according to my Garmin:

  • Mile 1: 8:18
  • Mile 2: 8:49
  • Mile 3: 8:37
  • Last .13: 1:08
  • Total: 26:52

Official race time: 26:49!!!!

I honestly am blown away by how fast I finished this race. I know for some that’s not so fast, but for ME – that is like the wind. Last week, I couldn’t believe I ran a sub 28 minute 5k, and this week, sub 27?? I can’t even believe it! One second short of a minute faster than last week. I credit this to foam rolling and intervals!!

Love Emily’s face in our post-race photo.

That little speed demon finished in 22:42!!!

After we finished, we hung around the finish line cheering for other runners, and I almost keeled over when I saw this little guy approaching the finish.

He was probably 3 years old, and the cutest little kid ever. He was running SO fast at the end and I’m sure I scared him with how loud I was screaming for him, but I didn’t care! I don’t know if he ran the whole way or just the end with his mama, but either way, what a little guy.

What a fun race!!

What’s your favorite race distance? I used to think it was a 10k because I’m not really built for speed, but the 5ks are really growing on me! For a challenge I really love 10 mile races – half marathons are pushing it a little for me!

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17 Responses

  1. I love that last picture! So so cute. Congrats on your super fast race time– that’s totally fast for me, so I’m in awe!

  2. YOU ARE AWESOME! congrats on an awesome race! And my answer to your question is exactly the same as yours. Exactly! 5k’s are fun when you start kicking butt at them!

  3. Man! You are awesome! 5k’s are so hard for me because you have to go balls to the wall the whole time if you’re competitive with yourself. You’ve motivated me to sign up and see what i can do! I hope to break sub 29!

  4. Awesome job, Beth! Glad you knocked just about a whole minute off of your time! You must been feeling fabulous! Isn’t it so much nicer to run when the weather is cooperating?! Have a great weekend!

  5. Great job!!!!!! What a wonderful time you had!

  6. perhaps it was because there was a GIANT standing behind you 🙂

  7. ROCKSTAR!!! Awesome time!! Congratulations!! 🙂

  8. Beth you did awesome!!!! Nice time!!! I love it when you just feel 100% wonderful during a run and it sounds like that is what happened to you!

    My favorite race distance is 10 miles — it is challenging but still doable.

  9. […] know a lot of you had great races this weekend – Congrats to Suze, Beth, Lauren, Tina, & Lee (if you’ve raced and I didn’t link to you I’m sorry, […]

  10. You kicked ass! That is an awesome time, Beth!

    I miss 5k’s. I haven’t done one since last June. And now that all this half marathon stuff is over, I think I’m going to go back to shorter distances and work on my speed. I miss how speedy I used to be…

  11. Speed demon! Fantastic job, Beth! xo

  12. You are an inspiration!

    I have to ask…is it on purpose that there is a little smiley face on the right top of the page? I never noticed it before and thought it was just dirt on my screen…but then it moved with the page! Cute!

  13. Nice to have a race at your doorstep! And you are fast! I like the challenge of 10 milers, but am training for a half now.

  14. oh i love this! you rocked the 5K!

  15. I love these Friday 5ks! They are so awesome! Great job on your timing, and that kid may be the cutest thing I have ever seen at a race!

  16. Congratulations!! 2011 is your year of PRs I think!
    That kid is so funny, but I would cry if he beat me.

  17. Congrats on your PR!! Speedwork totally helps!

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