Hometown Racin’

Hello, Monday!  I am not particularly sad to see this Monday as it’s the beginning of my Spring Break!  I hate to rub it in to all you non-teachers out there, but, if it makes you feel any better, just picture what my paycheck looks like compared to yours.

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We kicked off my week of freedom with a trip home to see the family.  John actually had a fire department training to attend close to my hometown, and I was signed up to run the St. Patrick’s Day 5K with some familiar faces.

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Mom, Joel, Caite, and I all took to the streets Saturday morning, and I was really excited to run in my hometown.  It feels familiar in a way that only the town that watched you grow can, and sometimes I miss it a lot!  It was also great to see so many people that I hadn’t in awhile.

The race was scheduled for 8:00, but, lucky for them, they had an enormous amount of people registered so it took longer than expected to get through the pick-up line.  We finally took our marks at 8:30, and when the gun sounded we were off down a hill for the first quarter mile.  I took off way too fast, but I luckily realized it in time, dialed in my pace, and settled in for the run.

My hometown is A LOT flatter than the part of Oklahoma I live in now so I new the race wasn’t going to be particularly hilly.  After the short downhill at the start, we stayed flat for about two miles outside of a few small inclines.  We made a turn at around mile 2.3, and started a long slow uphill to the finish.

For most of the race, I had a pretty good idea that I was running about second in my age group.  With around a half mile to go, another woman I judged to be about my age passed me.  She was running at a strong pace, and I knew better than to try to match her or I was definitely going to gas myself.  Around the same time, another woman came around me, but I was able to stay with her for a good stretch.  Unfortunately, with just a hundred yards or so to go, she surged ahead, and I just didn’t have enough left in the tank to do the same.  So I ended the day at 4th in my age group with a time of 27:29.

Last week I alluded to some thoughts I had on a 5K I ran the week before this one.  Since that post never happened, I’m going to throw them in quickly here.  I ran both races with my new and improved mid-foot strike, and I am happy to report that I had absolutely not foot pain either time!  I’m so relieved, and let’s just hope that my next half (next weekend!) goes as well.  It’s also worth noting that I set a PR in last week’s race with a time of 27:28!

Mom, Caite, and Joel all rocked the race with placements in each of their age groups.  Joel came in at 28:59 (2nd Place).

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Caite clocked in at 29:56 (2nd Place) which was a PR for her.

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And Super Mom came in at 30:41  which earned her 1st Place!

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It was a really great race, and I’m hoping I can make it an annual tradition!

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The four of us cleaned up, added Grandma and Tace to the group, and spent the rest of the day celebrating Joel and Tace’s birthdays which included P.F. Changs….

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….and catching McFarland, USA at the matinee.

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As a side note, if you haven’t seen this movie, do so immediately.  It was actually the second time I’d seen it, and I loved it just as much this time around.  It is so so good!

Ok, I’m off to enjoy Spring Break!  Catch ya later!

 

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5 thoughts on “Hometown Racin’

  1. ruralrunningredhead

    I’m jealous that you’re on break! Ours is in three weeks (which is dumb, because it’s practically summer by then), and the kids need it sooo badly. Even the best students are getting burned out.

    Congrats on your PR! I love the “podium” for the awards. So clever!

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