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Medford Lakes 5k (19:24)

My 5k last weekend left a sour taste in my mouth.  The day after, I decided I wanted redemption and decided to sign up for another local 5k on Memorial Day.  (cliff notes from last weekend: I left my racing flats at home and ran in Glycerins.  I struggled to break 20 minutes).

The race this weekend was a local 5k with about 200 people.  I was working at 10 am so it worked out perfectly that I could run the race at 7:30am and then head to work.  I only got about 6 hours of sleep the night before and after a heavy training week, I knew a reasonable goal would be to beat last weeks time (19:52).  I am feeling the mileage bump up and going from running 5 days to 6 days.  I know in a few weeks I’ll readjust and feel better.  Right now I’m feeling the increase.

Tim decided to run the race as well.  After not running for 6-7 weeks, he wasn’t sure how he would do. We ended up warming up by running the course beforehand.

The race went off without a hitch.  The first mile was actually terrifying because there were so many people running a 6 minute mile.  There were at least 30 people around me.  I thought it was going to be a much tougher field.  Many high schoolers began fading though around mile 1.

Tim passed me around .5 and never looked back.  I kept him in my sights the majority of the race but couldn’t catch him again.

I hit mile 1 around 6:09 and felt pleased.

The second mile headed towards the lake.  We went over a small wooden bridge and I nearly tripped and fell but caught myself before I took anyone down.  The race began to thin out and I found myself running alone for the rest of the race (6:10).

The last mile looped around neighborhoods and I could hear people cheering while I was running.  I was fading quickly but I focused on finishing strong.  The leaders were out of my sights and we headed around a few more turns.  The race course itself was in a neighborhood, around a school and also around a lake.  The final mile went through the neighborhood and it was pretty cool to see the residents cheering us along.  (for a small race I found it cool).

I finished in 19:24 and I was completely happy with that.  I knew it was not a day for PRing.  The course itself is pretty fast and the weather was nice. Training wise I am not in PRing shape.  I was extremely happy to be 30 seconds faster then last week.  Tim ended up finishing 3rd overall.

The race awards were extremely cool.  It is a nice handmade carved piece of wood.  It is probably one of my favorite race awards to date.

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I’m glad I woke up early and got back out there.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite race award or medal?

What is your favorite race start time?

I think mine is between 8-9.  Although it’s nice to be done with a race before it gets too hot.

 

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21 responses

  1. Congratulations and I love your wood prize. I’m glad you beat your time too and that Tim finished 3rd overall even after not running for awhile (this gives me hope that I won’t lose too much fitness while injured).

    I really like it when races start at 8 AM… it just gets hot early here and I’d rather get the race done so I can go to brunch or nap or whatever :).

  2. Great run. 8 or 9AM is a reasonable time. 10 isn’t too bad as long as it isn’t a hot day.
    We had the Run to Remember in Boston on Sunday. We started at 7AM which seemed god aweful early! But by 10:30 we had collected everyone and were headed to Starbucks.
    Andy

  3. If I was running in the fall/winter, my ideal time would be around 10, it’s just when I like to run. But it’s way too hot in the summer by then so the earlier the better to beat the heat as long as I don’t have a long drive to the start. That carved wood is gorgeous! I’ve never seen a unique prize at any of the races I’ve run.

  4. Congratulations on your speedy 5K!
    I love an early start, the earlier the better, especially in spring and summer. My last half marathon was in March, still not too hot, and start time was 6:45, just perfect. Right now 6:30 would be great.

  5. Great race! Sometimes we need those redemption runs!

    I love trophies, plaques, or really awesome looking medals… Honestly, hate pint glasses and coffee mugs,,, I run for hardware!

    I love really early start times… I ran a race that went off at 7am over the weekend and for this time of year I think it’s perfect… plus it leaves the rest of the day open for you to do what you need to…

  6. Awesome! I love your award. (p.s. The Wineglass medals look awesome!) I like a race to start b/w 8-9 too. The best award I got was an entire apple pie at the Applefest Half Marathon in Hollis, NH. Last year may have been the last year of it after 30+ years 😦

  7. That award is awesome! I love when things are customized and unique…my favorite race start time is 8AM, especially during the summer. 9 AM is fine in the fall. I am very much influenced by the weather on this decision. I even like night races in the summer.

  8. Speedy.girl. My goal is just to break 20! I got 20:03 at my xc finals, so close! I love those races where the neighborhood cheers you on 🙂

  9. Wow you are a speed demon! And that award is really cool – definitely something different to add to the rotation. My perfect start time is probably around 8. I like morning runs obviously but when it’s over by 8am or something that’s just too early.

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