Monday, July 11, 2016

Crafton 4th of July 5K Recap

I had originally intended to register for this race 2-ish months ago, and then it slipped off my radar & I forgot.Then, all of a sudden, I was up late Friday night & near my credit card (always dangerous) when I realized that it was almost 4th of July & I had promised myself I would run a 5K! So, I signed up, snagged one of the last t-shirts in my size & went to bed excited.

The race was on Monday, the 4th itself. Usually, I would taper for a 5K, because I run races to run well, not to just show up & derp around. But, this race was different. I ran 7.6 miles on Saturday + hiked another 4-ish & then biked 20 miles Sunday, followed by some sangria. All of this to say...this was not a well rested foot I was putting forward.

The course is about 5 minutes from my house, packet pick-up was super easy on Saturday & parking Monday morning was a breeze as well. I snagged a spot spitting distance from the start line, even though I showed up a casual 25 minutes before the start.

While I knew the course would have a hill or two, I did not realize just how hilly it would be. In fact, I kind of thought that the initial hill would be the only hill, & that the rest of the course would be flat, followed by a steep downhill. Oh, how I really should have looked at the course map!

The elevation map lies. There we several sharp, steep uphills, and a few more gradual climbs. All to fry our legs for the short steep downhill at the end, that had me running a 4:23 pace for a few short strides. Jessie run fast, say whaaaa?



My main goal, having signed up last minute was to run a consistent race. In the few 5K's I've raced it has been a fly & die sort of race, where I spend the whole last mile trying not to puke. Instead, I wanted to focus on keeping my paces clustered together.

Mile 1 : 8:35
I started out at a comfortable pace and tried to hold it there, even as people passed me. I locked in on a woman moving about my pace in a purple tank top a little ways ahead & made it my goal to stick with her. I made it up the first hill, the one I knew about, no problem, just in time for a second hill.

Mile 2 : 9:11
That second hill was followed shortly thereafter by a 3rd hill. The top held flat ground which I was grateful for. I kept Ms. Purple Tank Top in sight. We passed through a water stop set up on a whim by a local church & grabbed a sip of water. There was a short steep downhill and I passed Ms. PTT. I'm a little bit like a freight train on the downhills. She sped past me on the next uphill though. 

Mile 3 : 7:59 
(+17 seconds for the remaining .05)
Oh boy was I glad fort this last mile. There were volunteers at every intersection & even some folks sitting on their porches cheering. We had a slow, low grade uphill before we made the turn into the final stretch, a steep downhill. Once again, I got moving, I recorded a record 4:23 pace for a few strides. I leaned forward & let gravity take me.

I rounded the corner & could see the finish line...a young girl passed me, sprinting, I tried to catch back up, but I was too late.

Finish time : 26:13
My Garmin & my official chip time were exactly the same, which made me happy.


I checked the results after & saw I had finished 2nd in my age group. I grabbed some water & a piece of cake, 'cause, ya know, I had just run a 5K & checked the results again a few minutes later, just in case someone faster had finished after me, but nope, still 2nd in my age group! Yippee!

Still chasing that sub 25:00 5K time...and maybe even a 1st place AG win!? But in the meantime, I'll take it!


What's your next race?
Did anyone do a 4th of July race?
What was the best part of your weekend?

Linking up with :
Holly & Tricia for Weekend Highlights 
 Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the Run

34 comments:

  1. Congrats on second in your AG that's awesome! And why not have cake?! I would always have cake, haha. I actually feel really accomplished after a hilly run/race, thought during the actual race, I am cursing to myself!

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    1. That was kind of my deal. Cursing myself, only to end up pretty pleased with my time considering my dead legs & all the hills.

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  2. Congrats! Strong finish and AG award after a weekend that trashed your legs = awesome! (I confess I totally go to some races to derp around, ha ha!)

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    1. I'm starting to see the more I race the more likely I am to derp around. Every race can't be a PR, goal crushing race, sometimes it's just fun to run.

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  3. Congrats on that 2nd place age group finish! This sounds like a tough race. It's definitely to hard to have a consistent race when the course is so hilly.

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    1. Thanks Chaitali! It was definitely hard, the interesting thing, is I think my splits were more consistent than they usually are, despite it all.

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  4. Cake totally earned & deserved! Great job!!!

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    1. I said the same thing.
      Thanks Rebecca. :)

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  5. Congratulations! you kicked this race in the face!! no derping around for you! And in tired legs! that's so awesome! Have you ever noticed that a race can be run faster in tired legs? That's how I got my last 5K PR. I did sprints the night before, thinking that I was going to totally derp (because that's my favorite thing to do at a race) a local 5K, and boom! PR ! 24.05! I haven't been able to beat that time yet on rested legs!

    An 1st Place AG is in the cards for you this year! I can just feel it!

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    1. Ooh, I sure hope you're right Ana.

      And actually, I'm starting to think tired legs may be the way to go. Not that a taper doesn't have its place, but I think I tend to get lazy and over rest, all in the name of the taper.

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  6. yay on getting 2nd in your age group! I dont do races from end of may till early september in my home town its too hot and i would just be disappointed with my performance because of it.

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    1. I'm hoping that racing this summer with some times that I'm not quite loving will lead to a super sweet sub 25 5K this fall.

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  7. Rock on placing in your age group and not dying on the hills. I live in GA and every race feels like an uphill! :-)

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    1. Thanks Amy! This race really renewed my spirits about making sure to train on some tough terrain. I want to be the lady people are chasing up those hills!

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  8. Great job and congrats on the medal! That last mile was blazing!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen, I'm like a freight train heading down those hills! Now, if only ALLLL my miles could be like that. Haha.

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  9. Cake at the finish line?! Now that sounds like a delicious idea!

    Way to go on placing second, girl!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I was surprised to see I had placed, it wasn't even a goal in my mind, which made it twice as sweet.

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  10. Wow, girl! That's impressive.
    Way to go!

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  11. That is an awesome finish time, congrats! The 5K is definitely the hardest race for me, I'm always scared to start out too fast for fear of burnout! When you've got a hilly course too it can really be tough, so kudos!

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    1. I'm definitely still working on the pacing. 5K sounds like nothing when I'm running 8+ mile long runs on the weekend, but all it takes is a fast first mile to make 5K seem like the longest run I've ever done.

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  12. Congratulations placing 2nd in your age group. I love when races are super close to the house. so much less stress on race morning.

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    1. I agree. Leaving my house & snagging an upfront parking spot definitely made things go smoother.

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  13. What a great time and AG placing! Congratulations to you! I have to say a 5k is hard for me I think I have to push the whole time. I do them and support the great causes they benefit but I don't like it :) Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Don't think they're my favorite, but I do like that I can run one on short notice, which is something that wouldn't be pretty if I tried it with a half marathon.

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  14. congratulations! that's awesome!

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  15. Maybe you shouldn't taper for a 5k anymore because you ROCKED that one! Congratulations on the great time with those hills and the age group placement. I've clocked a 7:59 mile going downhill in a 5k a couple of times. Not many! Oh, how I wish I could keep that pace. I would freak out to see 4:23, even for just for a second! Thanks for linking, Jessie!

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    1. I thought the exact same thing myself, Holly. When I saw that pace I was like umm hello, did my watch break!? What is happening!?

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  16. 2nd place and the time is awesome - esp. considering that you (thought you) weren't prepared the best :) But yay for showing up and giving it your best effort (which apparently is impressively fast!):)

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    1. Thanks San! Going in with low expectations & knowledge really seemed to end up working here, there was no time to psych myself out about all the hills.

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  17. Nice job, miss! Way to AG...keep chasing that sub-25!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! I'm hoping strong racing now + cooler temperatures in another month or two will lead me to a sub 25 no problem!

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