Triple R Ranch 5k (19:34)

Triple R Ranch 5k

My what a mouthful of a race title…but really…

I don’t know where to begin with the Triple R Ranch 5k…so many enjoying moments.  Sorry I didn’t announce that I was running a 5k on Memorial Day on the blog…that’s because well, I didn’t know either…and I’m not sorry because who really is that upset.

Sunday night while eating 1 pound steaks, dad asks “Hey there is a cross country race tomorrow at some ranch near North Carolina…want to do it?” Nevermind the fact that we ran the ERR 10k with the Tidewater Striders, two days ago and I did a long run yesterday and we are eating 1 pound steaks (by 1 pound I mean they were 16 ounce t bone steaks).  Why not add the Triple R Ranch 5k into our race calendars? 

Dad goes: The race is led by horses and that is just so cool…I’m so intrigued. Once dad is fascinated…there is no stopping him.

Yeah sure dad…why not…my legs will probably be on the pain train anyways.  So we drive out there and the area begins to get more “country like” and rural…oh great.

The Triple R Ranch 5k, is all cross country. I appreciate cross country runs because time is irrelevant.  The Triple R Ranch led by horseback riders along trails winding through beautiful tree lined paths and open pastures.

The Triple R Ranch 5kwas supposed to start at 8:30. I’m in the bathroom putting on my spikes at 8:25 and we hear go…and everyone started the race…while I’m still in the bathroom not wearing shoes.  (When I saw this was how it was going to be, I just thought to myself LOL, the Triple R Ranch 5k will be one of those races…alrighty then…nothing I can do about it now).

So I started the Triple R Ranch 5k behind all walkers and with 10 or so seconds already on the clock.I spent the entire Triple R Ranch 5k moving up in the field because we were running in the horse fields.

The first mile of the Triple R Ranch 5k was on a trail back behind the fields.  It was a bit cut up because it’s a horse trail.  There were huge mud holes (during warm-up Dad and I determined we might indeed be doing a steeplechase race at the Triple R Ranch 5k).

Around mile 2 of the Triple R Ranch 5k, we do a perimeter around a large field, I catch up to a guy and he says alright will you pace me for a sub 20 and I said okay sure.

I planned on going sub 20 anyways so I figured if he just stuck with me he would too. So I start pacing him, but he was slowing down, so I kept going. Then he shouts to his friend, don’t let that girl pass you.

Gee thanks…

I honestly think I’m at a point in my running career that if I’m uninjured (which why would I race injured) and under pretty normal circumstances, I should think that a sub 20 5k is pretty standard for me…

Around 2.5 of the Triple R Ranch 5k, my shoe comes untied and we run through some sort of mud trap that I was pretty positive I might lose my shoe…but I didn’t.  Yet another factor that was included in the Triple R Ranch 5k.

Then finally, we crossed the Triple R Ranch 5k finish line in 19:34.  I felt satisfied with my time.

Triple R Ranch 5k Thoughts:

I knew for a fact the Triple R Ranch 5k wasn’t going to a PR after my last two days of running and nutrition the last week. Plus, of course, the Triple R Ranch 5k was a cross country terrain.  In all, I had a fun race and I’m glad I went out to the Triple R Ranch 5k.  I would go back.  The Triple R Ranch 5k is well put together and a lot of fun.

I did get to photograph with a horse at the Triple R Ranch 5k so that was fun.

I realize I am straight up cheesing and this photo is oh so cute...
I realize I am straight up cheesing at the Triple R Ranch 5k and this photo is oh so cute…

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Questions for you:

Have you ever missed a race start? Have you run the Triple R Ranch 5k? 

Do you like horses?