Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkins in the Park 5k

21:30 (avg 6:56/mile) A new PR by 45 seconds!!! And I finally averaged less than 7 minutes a mile for a race! AND I'm now able to run faster than I did in High School, only took me 15 years...

1st in my Age Group! out of 239 YAY!!!!!

14th woman of 1128 1.2%

80th Overall of 1825 4.3%
Since the race was at 4pm, CB took me for a walk in Grant Park in the morning.

Then we ate all the Honey Nut Cheerios and drank Brasilian coffee and rested.
I was happy this was an afternoon race since i'm a rust bucket in the mornings, but then the waiting started to get to me. I started looking at Turkey Trots, and thinking how excited I was to race a 5K again and feel that good lung burning sensation. Until I ran this race and was all FU&K this is HARD! Why do I put myself through this torture? When's the next half marathon? ha!
The shirt for the race was really cool. It is a black long sleeve shirt with the nice logo on it.
So my plan, was to not puke up the cheerios and gummy bears I ate earlier. Other than that, just run. If I could survive the last 10 miles of Fox Valley marathon feeling as shitty as I did, 3.1 miles would be "easy." *5k's are never easy if you are "racing" them. 

Splits: 6:47, 7:03, 7:01, 6:12 (final .1)

So I might have taken off a tad too fast? eh my splits were fairly consistent though and I had a lot of kick at the end (especially when I saw a girl com up behind me the last .1 and I went into overdrive to make sure she didn't pass me. She didn't.)

The course was interesting and a little challenging in Lincoln Park- some hard turns and hills spiced things up a bit. (and might have caused my ankle to hurt the last mile...)
For winning my AG I got a cupcake and a gift certificate for Fleet Feet- which I cannot wait to use to buy some more cold weather running gear! They also had 3 varieties of Goose Island at the finish. I celebrated my PR with a Harvest Ale.
Fleet Feet puts on stellar events. Everything about the race was top notch- packet pickup was a breeze, the course was well marked, the volunteers were plentiful, the post race party was amazing. Do yourself a favor and register for Rudolph Ramble 8K or Soldier Field 10, you won't be disappointed.
Joe and I post race, was bummed to miss photos with Liz, Shauna, Chris, Brooke, Autumn...

Because of Fleet Feet Fun Runs (and my blog) I've met a ton of really cool people in Chicago. When I go to a race now, I am never alone. It is always so fun to roll up to a race and randomly run into friends made through running. This community is so strong and supportive, I really never thought I'd experience something like that since I'm a bit of a loner. But I have to say it is really nice to see friends and chat post race about our experiences and what's coming up. That usually gets my juices flowing for the next race. 
Running Changes Everything.
YES OF COURSE REPLACE IT! But i have a feeling this record won't be lasting too long.... :)

Next up: Naperville Marathon.

Then: a trifecta of Turkey Trots, perhaps. GOBBLES



  1. Congrats on the speedy time!

    What run program is that you are showing?

    Happy Fall!


    1. Thank you :) This is just the garmin website- you can assign PR's to certain distances :) Hope all is well with you!

    2. Congrats on the AG Win -- that's super awesome! More afternoon 5Ks for you! And maybe more gummy bears :)

  2. Yay for AG firsts! I am not surprised - you were absolutely flying when I saw you and I knew there hadn't been many women ahead of you.

    It was so lovely that you came over to say hi. Thanks for that.

  3. Congrats on your stellar time, PR, and your win!!!

  4. I can't wait to see you in Naperville!!!! Since you are a "seasoned runner" if we pick up pretzels to pass out, would pretzel rods be too hard to consume while running?

  5. Woohoo huge congrats on your win and shiny new PR!! Feels good to get your 5k splits under 7s doesn't it :)

  6. Congrats on the massive PR, AG win and the nice even splits. You owe it all to your owl hat (and awesome training over the summer)! I wish I had known they were giving out Fleet Feet gift certificates to the winners. Well, maybe next year. How cool that Garmin Connect asks if you want to update your PR. Hoping I can get one of those message soon! :)

  7. Awesome job!! I love that race, too!

  8. Congratulations on your awesome PR!!!!!!! It must feel so cool (and yes, probably terrible) to run so fast!

    I agree with you on Fleet Feet races all being super well-run! And I'd add the Ravenswood Run to the list - it's such a great race through a super fun neighborhood (and sure, I am a little biased because it starts right by my apartment), and they've been putting that one on for nearly 20 years.

  9. Congrats!! That's so awesome you got first in your AG and a new PR. I hope this has given you a lot of confidence b/c you have worked really hard this year.

  10. Congrats! LOVE this race - By far my fav 5K and I do it every year!

  11. Wow, congrats on the great race and new PR!!! Awesome job!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS on your new PR, the sub-7 average pace, and taking first in your AG!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!! All your hard work has totally paid off!

    Btw - I totally hear you on the pain that is a 5K race. If given the choice, I would seriously pick to run a half marathon any day over a 5K!

  13. Nice job! I spotted you before the race near gear check but didn't get a chance to come say hi between being a photographer for strangers and my friends showing up. The sub 7 pace is my next goal - I'm at 22:00 - 7:05 min/mile pace so I'm almost there myself.

  14. Congrats on an amazing 5k PR!! Very cool. And nice AG swag, too! :)

  15. You rock! Congratulations :)

    Looking forward to seeing you in Naperville!!

  16. Woo hoo! Nice PR! That is a HUGE chunk off of your last one and fastest since high school?! HOT DAYUM! Nice job! And pretty consistent, like you said. Keep doing what you are doing with the cheerios and gummy bears. And Brasilian coffee and resting with CB. Hee hee.

    How cool that you got a cupcake and a giftcard for placing first! You will have to let us know what you pick out, and which Turkey Trots you are doing next!

    Hope that ankle is all better soon :)

    And YES to loving the running community and randomly running in to people you know. Just the vibe at races is fab. I know some people don't like to do races, but I really think there is something about the atmosphere there!

  17. Awesome on the PR! You are having a fantastic year! And you beat your high school time? That is something that I will never be able to accomplish =) And yea that beer at the finish line sounded awesome.

  18. Congrats on the PR and AG placement! That's awesome! :) And I always love to see the owl hat. It makes me smile!

  19. I couldn't comment on your latest post, enjoy the marathon!