Monday, December 12, 2011

Winter Classic 5k Race Report

Apparently, the best part of not racing as much in a year, is you see amazing results when you finally do race. Who would have thought, don't race as much and you get faster?

Yesterday, I met Steph, Meaghan, Danielle, and my sister in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the Winter Classic 5k. Steph and I had been planning this race for a few months. She wanted to do a Jingle Bell run and I love doing a race for my birthday (tomorrow) so we quickly agreed upon the Winter Classic 5k. The race was described as a pretty flat out and back course. I love seeing flat with 5k's so I was excited that I may see a PR.

Steph and I planned to dress up for this race. Please note, I do not like drawing attention to myself, so dressing up was a big deal for me. We purchased our Team Sparkle skirts, bought socks from Target, and paired it with a few Christmas shirts I had and Brooks Arm Warmers. We looked quite festive.
During our warm-up mile, we all discussed our racing strategy. I was hoping to go out at around a 6:50 pace and hopefully hold on. I had no idea how it would go as I have never run that fast before for that long.

We stood at the very crowded starting line and we were off. I spent the first half mile weaving around people. I kept looking at my Garmin and noticed I was only at about a 7:15 pace. This was frustrating as I knew I could go faster, but the crowd was just too thick. When I finally got around everyone, I was finally able to settle into my pace of 6:35. Whoa, way too fast but I knew I would slow down, so just held on.
I hit the first mile at 6:34. I ran my intervals on Tuesday at this pace so was not surprised my legs wanted to go that fast. From mile 1 until the turn around I started worrying. I was already feeling a little tired and I felt like the halfway point would never come. I was still passing people and didn't really feel like I was slowing too much even up the small hill on the way out. We turned back and I started picking people in front of me to catch up to, to keep my mind focused on the race.

Mile 2 beeped in at 6:41. This made me happy. I was still under my goal of 6:50 pace so I figured even if I slowed down, I would still see a 21:xx at the end. At this point I started to observe my body. My legs felt fine, not heavy at all. My breathing was also fine, I didn't feel short of breath. I continued to pick off people, just waiting to see the familiar restaurants that meant I was almost to the finish.

Mile 3 came in at 6:41. I looked at my Garmin and saw that I had just hit 20 minutes. If I booked it to the finish line I would go sub-21. (This was not even an option in my head before today.)

I took off and my last 0.15 was at a 6:26 pace and I finished the race in 20:56. (Average pace of 6:38) I bent over at the finish line, I was in shock with what had just happened. For the longest time, I would only drop 10 to 20 seconds off my 5k PR and I had just dropped nearly 90 seconds.
My overall place was 144/1115 and I was 11/225 in my age group. For a city race, I was incredibly happy with my results.

After the race we took a few more after pictures and set off for a few cool down, chatty miles. I have really grown to love running with friends and the cool down made my day even more fun.
And now it is back to normal training. 4 more weeks of training and I will be toeing the line at Disney. I am hoping that my recent short race results are a positive sign in what is to come for me in the marathon. Only time will tell!

16 comments:

Tallmomontherun said...

WOW AWESOME!! If you ran that fast around here you would place for sure.. And you look too cute!!

Laura said...

That is incredible, great job!! I do best after a break from racing too... fresh legs, I guess?

Danielle Marquis said...

great to meet you Robin, and seriously! That pace is incredible - Great performance :) No wonder I couldn't find you guys! You were off running again and I went to shovel food in my face :)

robinbn said...

Nice meeting you as well. And yeah, the husbands/my kids were itching to leave so we had to get our cool down in and leave.
I saw your results, looks like you killed that race as well. :) Congrats.

robinbn said...

Thanks. :) I normally race in the suburbs, so I am not used to all those fast people. :)

robinbn said...

I know, who would think fresh legs are such a good thing? :)

jshade77 said...

Way to go Robin! I am so excited that you blew away the old PR!! What's with the holiday races this year--must be something in the air ;-)

See Mom Run Far said...

Great job!!! Congrats! :)

Michele Gonzalez said...

Wow...so impressive to run sub 21 AND to knock off 90 seconds off your previous PR. That's truly amazing! Loved the outfits and love that you guys get to run together! I'm hoping to find some ladies close to me to do the same thing! Great race!! =)

Teamarcia said...

congrats again! You girls look so festive and adorable!

Stephanie said...

Ahhhh i love this you are so incredibly awesome and it was a great recap!! knew you had it in you. can't wait to see you speed through miles that around below the 6 minute pace, i know you will get ther!! clearly i think you could probably run a mile in under 6 now i am sure. hehe. meanwhile i love the pictures of you especially the ones of those guys getting chicked behind you

Lisa Rini said...

Congrats on a super speedy 5K!!!! You're going to do awesome @Disney. Can't wait to hear all about it!!

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

Congrats on a huge PR! That is amazing! I like the festive racing attire. Cute photos of all of you!

Lisa Rini said...

Definitely get the Silver Bullet jacket!! :) I have the pink/magenta color. You're going to love it!!! Hey, just to pass along..If you're on facebook- make sure you are in the Brooks ID group. It's been a great way to connect with other ID'ers. :) Have you seen the Brooks 2012 spring catalog yet? I haven't located it thus far, but, someone posted some pics of next years' ID uniform.

robinbn said...

I am a member of Brooks ID on Facebook, but my guess it is the wrong group as there isn't much going on in there. Can you email me the info: rbnnichols@gmail.com Thanks!

Sara - Words to Run By said...

Awesome skirts and outfits - you guys looks AWESOME! And so festive!! Great race and CONGRATS on a great job too! :) Getting excited for Disney!!!!!!