Monday, May 09, 2011
Thanks, SparkFriends, for celebrating with me. You really added to my sense of accomplishment and joy. You are the greatest!
I don't have near as many race tips to blog about this time as I did after my first race, but I do have a four tips today:
My first tip is to just keep living and staying in shape. In many age groups there were hundreds of competitors. It was a big race with almost 1300 entries and 1096 finishers. But in my group, women 60-64, there were only 14 competitors. I noticed there were no entries in the 80 years and older group. If I just keep keeping on, could there be a first place in my future? Well, it could be our generation will produce more fit competitors than our parent's generation. Time will tell!
My second tip is don't underestimate your ability when choosing a line up position. I started with the 10 minute a mile group, but everyone must have overestimated their ability. I was way back in the pack and they were slow - slow - slow. The first place winner in my group finished 1 minute 2 seconds ahead of me, but her chip time was only 7 seconds ahead of me. The second place finisher did finish before me, but her chip time was 30 seconds more than mine. I did not realize they were awarding by "gun time" rather than the chip. I should start much farther up in the pack and will next time!!
My third tip is to train for the race conditions. My quads are still sore today when they weren't sore at all after my first race, nor after my usual training runs. I knew there were going to be some hills and I trained a little on the little hill on my street. There were three bigger hills in the race. If I had it to do over, I'd find a couple bigger hills to practice on. I know I really lost time on the last hill.
My last tip for today is don't skip the award ceremony. That's twice I got an award and did not attend. The first time I really didn't think I could have won anything, I was by myself and decided to go to Weight Watchers to tell a supportive group about finishing my race. This time I was not alone. I was glad my hubby was there at the half mile mark and the three mile mark to cheer me on. But he didn't want to wait for the award ceremony. The next time I'll be at the award ceremony following the race, to celebrate whoever wins!!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I placed third in my age group with a "gun time" of 31:14. My chip time (net time) was 29:55!!! I achieved my goal to beat 30 minutes!!! I'm sitting here crying tears of joy!!!
Anyway, I not only finished -- I placed!!!! I set a BIG personal best. I beat the heat. I beat the hills. I managed the pack!!!!
PS Please forgive these multiple blogs as the info dribbled in today!! I may be a little nuts, but it is not all bad nuts!!!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Okay, the race clock says 31:13 as I'm about to cross the finish line and 31:15 after I'm well across it, not 31:09 as I remembered.
They haven't posted the chip times yet, but they will be there shortly. I'm still really happy and it is definitely a personal best!!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
The Mayfaire 5K was my second race. I think I did good. First of all, I finished. That's good. I was far from last. That's good. I got the hydration right (wasn't dehydrated, but didn't need bio-break). That's good. My new MP3 earbuds that curl around my ears worked great. My newly adjusted glasses with new nosepads stayed put, unlike last time when they jiggled up and down on my nose. No blisters. No chaffing. No wardrobe malfunctions. All that is good.
I saw several people I know, including SparkFriend PinkSaint, Beth the Weight Watcher receptionist, and Kathy who I met at my first Lakeland Runner's Club meeting. Good! My hubby cheered me on near the beginning and again near the end. Very good!
Unlike last time, I didn't start out too fast. Actually, the pack was blocking me. I started with the 10 minutes per mile group but they were slow. Nonetheless, I ran my first mile in 10:46, even with the hill and pack, compared to my last race of a flat mile in 11 minutes flat. My second mile was at 20:45. The finish clock was around 31:09 when I ran under it, but my chip time I am sure is considerably faster. I'm guessing my time was 30:41, but it is just a guess. It should be in the newspaper tomorrow and on the Lakeland Runner's Club Website within a few days. So I feel certain I set a personal best, breaking my previous time of 31:19. I feel pretty good about it even though I undoubtedly didn't break 30 minutes like I had hoped.
Hubby drove me and dropped me off to avoid parking problems. He had a good meal while I was getting set up and warmed up. Then he got to see me race, but he was ready to go home when I was done. So I didn't get to find out my official time or who won my age group. Tomorrow I'll find out. That's soon enough.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Yesterday morning at Bok Tower was a great time! I put 5 pix in my gallery and thanks to you who made nice comments. I love it that I was 32 years old when I had my one and only child and she was 25 and 28 when she had hers, but I still get called a young grandmother!!
My daughter took a lot of good pictures, so I'll share a few more. Here's Natalie running next to flowers:
Here's Natalie standing by flowers. The rest of us were under a canopy finishing a healthy lunch. It had been raining a bit, but Natalie didn't mind a touch of drizzle.
Natalie in front of the tower, not exactly posing:
I love the bells and we heard them on the hour and half hour. Here's Natalie playing the carillon:
The largest bell is the size of a girl just a bit taller than Natalie:
Before the rain Natalie enjoyed the grass and the sand:
I took this picture of Gwen, Natalie, and my dear daughter:
Natalie feeding the koi:
Gwen in the grass, before the rain:
Gwen with hat (there were 10 versions of this picture; hope I chose a good one; hard to see in the thumbnail)
Oh, my daughter took so many good ones, it is hard to share them all! So glad we got to go and enjoy.
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