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Belmar Chase 5k (19:34)

When I choose Belmar for a goal race I hoped it would bring a 5k PR for me.

The shortened version the race wasn’t a PR and was exactly one minute slower than my 5k PR.  I’m not surprised and I know it will take a lot more work to get back to the fitness I was. I knew going into the race I probably wouldn’t PR but I knew it would be a lot of fun.

Tim and I arrived to Belmar around 7:45 and warmed up together.  I was scatter brained and just wanted to get to the start.  That is a little later than I prefer but typical me is always running late to races. The Belmar Chase was delayed about 10 minutes anyways.

The weather was beautiful, it wasn’t overly hot and it was breezy.  Thankfully the rain last week brought a little bit cooler weather.

We started the race and I immediately regretted my start position. Ashley Higginson was racing so it wasn’t as if I was going to toe the first row. I did, however, start too far back and spent the first mile weaving in between people.

The amount of people made the first mile fly by and I ran a 5:53.  It was my fastest mile in a very long time.  Realistically I thought I should be able to break 19 minutes at that point. I didn’t factor we were going with the wind.  I also didn’t factor that I made a stupid mistake and took the race out too fast. I should have factored that I haven’t done enough speed work to maintain that pace.

Despite being slower the second mile went just as fast mentally.  I stuck with a pack of women that were all coincidentally wearing the Saucony A6 in bright orange.  (Hashtag twinning) We were like a little pack!  It made the mile go by quickly and my Garmin tells me I ran mile 2 in 6:06.

I don’t have the speed or endurance yet to maintain 3 miles at that pace gain yet and it quickly showed.  The last mile went onto the boardwalk and into the wind.  I didn’t realize how much of the race was going with the wind until we hit the third mile.

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The final mile was a struggle. You could visually see the finish line the entire last mile.  The huge Saucony banner felt like it was never getting any closer!

I crossed the finish line in 19:34.  I was 6th women in my age group.  After cooling down I got to hang out with Austin and Jeff.  Jeff is the East Coast ElliptiGo Rep and Austin is the super fast Philadelphia area Saucony rep!

austin jeff and I

 

Thoughts:

The race not what I had hoped but I have a long post about it later in the week.  I was extremely proud of my husband who finished 17:40 after being away and training overseas.

My track workouts are slowly paying off but I also know I have a long way to go. I don’t feel as if my turnover rate is where I want and I know my endurance for the 5k is not either. It will take time but I’ll be there eventually.

Questions for you: 

Have you ever run a race that you can see the finish line from afar?

How early do you like to get to races?

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A Beachy Weekend

I posted on instagram that my brother was in town.  On Tuesday he moves overseas so it was nice to see him before then.

We decided to head to Belmar Beach.  It’s hard to believe it’s the first time I went to the beach without a road race!

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We hung out at the Beach and tried to remove spandex tan lines.  I used to lifeguard through high school and college so it’s always strange for me to go to the beach.  I feel like I’m constantly on my toes watching people.

Plus I don’t like to “just lay at the beach” so after 5 minutes I’m wondering what we will do next!

Tim and I

We also got homemade ice cream at a small stand on the boardwalk.  I always go for cake batter ice cream.  Cake batter cream+whipped cream+cherries is the key to my ice-cream heart.

Ice Cream

It was a great weekend and I was glad to see Matt before he leaves!

Questions for you:

Fellow lifeguards (or ex lifeguards), do you feel like you are constantly watching people when near a body of water?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Belmar 5 miler (33:04)

I was excited to run the Belmar 5 all month.  The plan was to get a gauge of where my fitness was.  I was ready and prepared until last Tuesday when I got a stomach bug.

As I said yesterday, I’m not usually a runner with stomach issues but last week I felt like I got drop kicked in the stomach.  I took both days off from running but even stretching my legs out on Friday didn’t feel great.  I knew I would have to change my expectations and goals for racing but it still didn’t take the sting away.

I got to the race around 7:15.  Since I was unfamiliar with the area of Belmar I wanted to get there extra early.  I arrived with plenty of time to spare.  I did a 2-mile warm up, dropped my bag off and headed to the start.

Nice views

Nice views

The weather was hot and muggy.  It’s July, it’s on the shore and the sun was out.  It’s not like the weather was a surprise.  The majority of the race course was on the boardwalk so it was flat but with no shade.

The race started a few minutes behind schedule.  Once the race began I realized I had started too far back again.  I had made a conscious effort to get towards the front but I guess I didn’t start far enough forward.

During the first mile I passed a lot if people.  It was very motivating because I was passing people but I didn’t feel my best.  I knew I could gut out a five-mile race but that was my limit. Anymore miles and my stomach would have said no thanks. I hit the first mile in 6:27.

The second mile headed along the shore with the direction of the wind.  I felt good but it was because we were going the same direction as the wind. I hit the second mile in 6:27.  I was actually shocked with how fast I was running and how many people I was passing.  My stomach was holding up well too! I thought I might be able to still reach my goal of 32:30.

As the race began to turn and go around a lake, I realized why I felt so good in the beginning.  The wind began hitting us in the face.  Luckily I was near people and could see I was not the only one struggling.  I hit the third mile in 6:48.  I felt awful, I looked awful and I was defeated.

The fourth mile went back on the shore and was going the opposite direction as mile 2.  The wind continued to hit us. Running on any boardwalk can result in lots of wind.  Instead of focusing on the wind, I had my eyes set on a pack of four females about 30 yards in front of me.  I wasn’t getting any closer to them but they weren’t getting any further.  The fourth mile was uneventful and I ran it in 6:47.

At the beginning of the fifth mile a man was calling out places of women. I was surprised when he said I was number 14. I was expecting somewhere in the top 30 but not that low. When I heard I was 14, I decided to make it my goal to be in the top 10. There were four women not to far in front of me.

The last mile was in the neighborhoods with almost no wind. It was flat with minimal turns. I continued to pick people off and ultimately found myself battling for 10th at the final stretch. I sprinted as hard as I could to the end. My last mile was my fastest and I finished it in 6:24.

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I finished the Belmar 5 in 33:04 and 10th women overall. It was a little bit off my goal but due to my stomach and the wind I’m satisfied. It was a great experience for me to get more familiar with Belmar as well. I’ll be returning there for the Belmar Chase 5k on August 22.

Greta finished 3rd and I finished 10th!

Greta finished 3rd and I finished 10th!

Questions for you:

Do you like running along the Boardwalk?

Would you consider yourself to have a “stomach of steel” or can you only eat certain things?

Honestly, I can normally eat about 1-2 hours before a run and feel fine.

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