Dennis Sherpa 5k (20:15)

On Sunday I participated in the Dennis Sherpa 5k Run.  It was a small, local 5k with a great cause. I was up in the air about racing but ultimately chose to drive down and run it.  I didn’t sign up beforehand and had to stop at Wawa for coffeerace day registration cash. After getting there, I quickly signed up but they were already out of shirts.

I warmed up and ran into Liz. We had talked about running this race so I knew she would be there. We finished warming up and headed to the race start.

While lining up, Chris snapped a few photos of us chatting. I think I’m always talking from the race start to finish. I guess this proves it.

Chatting prerace
Chatting pre-race

All of a sudden the race director said we had five seconds before we were off.

After we started, I found myself stuck behind a bunch of kids, high schoolers and other people. I think I started off in 15th place or so. The first quarter of a mile was on road and then all of a sudden we went around a corner and headed onto grass.

I hadn’t done any research about the race other then the description said “flat and fast”. I was not expecting to run on grass and trail! Anyways during the first half mile, I passed some people and ultimately found myself in 4th place.

It was hot and I was miserable. The first mile felt like it took forever but in reality it was my fastest mile in a while.  Mental games are tricky (6:13).

During the second mile I realized I took the race out to fast for the shape I was in. I passed a few more people and ended up in second. I was running alone and the first place person was about a minute in front of me. We made a 180 degree turn which made for a more exciting second half.  I like to see and high five people during races (6:25).

After the second mile, I knew I would be riding the pain train for the third mile. It was hot, humid and unenjoyable. I took the race out to fast and was paying the price. During the third mile, we had to weave through one mile walkers and the finish was unclear for each. If I hadn’t asked for directors, I probably would have missed the finish.

Also during the last mile, a man caught up to me.  He kept cheering and telling me to push through. Ultimately he passed me.

My third mile was 6:45 and I finished in 20:15.  I was third overall and first woman.  My girl Liz was second woman and Chris won his age group.

Liz and I with our sweet medals
Liz and I with our sweet medals
Liz, Chris and I
Liz, Chris and I


It’s fairly obvious by my mile splits (6:13, 6:25, 6:45), I took the race out to fast.  I was 5 seconds faster than last week, on a more humid day as well as a more challenging course.  I can’t complain but I can’t say I’m happy either.

Picking up my award.
Picking up my award.

I would have liked to be under 20 minutes by this point. I’m hoping the next 5k I’ll break through that plateau. My 5k PR of 18:35 feels light years away!

Despite not being at the time I want, I am enjoying doing more 5ks and getting out of the house.  Live to race another 5k…next weekend.  Team 5k all summer.

Questions for you:

What is the hottest race you’ve done?

I think the RnR Va Beach half marathon or the San Antonio half were the hottest for me.  They were probably as hot as this 5k but 13.1 miles is a long way to go.

What are your training goals this summer?