Beat the Ball 5k (19:55)

So as you guys know I ran two back to back 5ks.  The first called “Beat the Ball” started at 11:35pm on New Year’s Eve. 

The objective was to run a sub 25 minute 5k (ie…”beat the ball” dropping). My goal was to run a roughly 20 minute race(since I was racing the next morning). Good thing because that was all my body could handle that night. I layed on my family room floor for 3 hours prior because I felt terrible. Then after pounding some coffee headed to the race. We were nearly late but it’s all good.  My (only real life) friend Ashleigh (and brother’s girlfriend) did it as well. 

Prerace
I wish you could see my gold leggings better LOL

 

After getting the race and being freezing, dad and I did a 2 mile warmup.  We decided it was very windy along the race course.

I’m not really a night or dark racer.  Something about the sensation of not seeing where you are going in the dark coupled with I’m a clumsy ass…I’d rather run on a treadmill or really just cross train.  So with that, the race always intimidates me a little bit.  This race was also especially curvy.  I’m terrible at cutting tangents and with the multiple turns and complete 180, I added .1 to the course.  Not a garmin extra mileage (which is still a 5k) but I (as well as most of the untangant cutters) ran more then a 5k…but that is fine.

I had started off pretty quickly and nearly toppled over a couple of little kids.  I knew there was one woman in front of me (I had won this race last year).  Around mile 2, another passed me.  I was a bit upset but had to realize that I didn’t feel the greatest and perhaps that it wasn’t the race for me.  I tried to dig deep but my stomach issues were still lingering a bit so I just focused on finishing.  The race was over pretty quickly and a pretty big blur (as 5ks normally are).

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After the race some lady with no teeth hugged me…I couldn’t understand a word she was saying. It was one of the more awkward moments of my life.

Splits: 5:45, 6:24, 6:22

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I was going to write the second race recap but this post is getting so long so I’ll split it up for your sake…but mostly mine.

Questions for you:

1.       Do you like running at night?

2.       Are you good at cutting tangents?  I should be from cross country…but I’m not.

3.       How was your New Years?