Hair of the Dog 5k (19:32)

Less than 11 hours later after my Beat the Ball 5k, I decided to run the Hair of the Dog race. (start time 10:00am). I only got about 6 hours of sleep and was pretty drained but as is life..At least the races have cool names right?

Races on the VA Boardwalk are generally pretty windy and with the rain it wasn’t the most optimal conditions.  People get the mistaken idea that because it is on the boardwalk and extremely flat that it is of the fastest possible conditions…but you have to include the wind. (Wind sucks)  So if there was no wind, yes it would be perfect and very injury prone since you are running on concrete.  The course itself was 1.55 out and…1.55 back. (meaning no matter what your garmin says…it is accurate and you have run a 5k) The ocean is nice to look at..for .1 miles…but then it gets pretty boring.

When they were starting the race, they gave everyone these little popper things to throw when the race whistle went off.  I knew if I popped mine….I might pop someones eye out so I gave it to a little kid that was probably safer to operate it then me.

Going down, I felt terrible. Wind in my face and just pondering what I was doing with life.


Why am I running on 5 hours of sleep?  Why am I racing in the wind and rain?  Why does this suck so much?  (Just a few of my thoughts).

During the first half of the race, I was the second overall female.  The first had blown by me and the third had caught me during the turn around point (the 180 degree turn).

Then it was like someone hit me with a shot of roids coming back because I just started hammering down. I had gone from 2nd to third and then all of sudden I was feeling a win so I just powered through.  I ended up catching the first place female and winning by just 6 seconds, so I was pretty excited for that.

I like to wink a the camera...and in general...fake runners can do that
I like to wink a the camera…and in general…fake runners can do that

I ran this dress is some lacy see through formal wear (not sure if it was a dress or night attire…but it was easy to wear spanx underneath) that got me more attention then I’d like with the homeless men on the boardwalk…and half hungovers…

By this point it was cold and we all had 100000 layers on.
By this point it was cold and we all had 100000 layers on. (this photo just proves I can never stop talking…)

Splits: 6:28, 6:28, 5:59

That is by far a new Hollie race negative split record.

Questions for you:

  1. 1.       What is the closest back to back races you have done?
  2. 2.       Have you ever lit your own fireworks? 
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. 

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).


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


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?

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