Sunday, July 13, 2008

Women's Distance Festival 5K

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. - Henry Ford

Friday afternoon: I went over to a local running store to look at and discuss running shoes. I learned that I do not over-pronate and therefore could/should wear a neutral cushioned shoe rather than a stability shoe.

After running around the store in many different pairs, I settled on Nike Women's Vomero +3 which have a totally different feel to them than the Asics 2120s I have been wearing. Although I was nervous about buying something different, I hoped they might help my aches and pains.

Saturday afternoon: I gave the new shoes a little test run and decided that I would wear them at the 5K. I also bought a new jog bra from Target. It's quite cute. I'm hoping to wear it on the swim at the upcoming triathlons and then throw a loose sleeveless shirt over it for the bike and run. I figured I'd give that a trial run at the 5K as well.

Yes, two new and un-testested items at a race.

Sunday morning: Woke up to unusually cloudy skies and a cool morning. What a delight! Arrived at the race location plenty early. Met up with a friend from church who was running her very first 5K as well as Cindy and a friend of hers.

The course was flat, my Garmin says we had only 50 ft vertical gain from the lowest to highest point. It was also mostly pavement, with just a short stretch in the dirt. The shoes and jog bra both performed well. Hooray!

Official time: 29:43, something like a 9:34 pace. I'm quite pleased with that.

My friend doing her first 5K ran the whole way and finished in someting like 33:30. Yay! She even admitted that it was fun. She asked me if we should stay for the awards. I explained that since I wasn't expecting to win anything and needed to get home to get ready for church, I wasn't going to stick around.

So I went home, made sure Son was awake, texted Daughter about when I would pick her and friends up for church, & uploaded my Garmin stats. Before I made it to the shower, my cell phone rang. It was Cindy, calling to let me know that I had actually placed in my age group - 3rd F40-44. What?!?!?! You've gotta' be kidding me!! She had kindly picked up my award and was holding it for me. As for Cindy, well, you'll just have to check her blog to find out how she did. ;)

[Update, official results are up! There were 13 women in our age group. I beat the woman in #4 spot by 2 seconds. Although I didn't know it at the time, I guess sprinting at the end paid off]

So I dashed out the door to meet her over at the Bosque trail. She was preparing to run another 13miles, crazy woman. The award is a cute charm bracelet with the "medal" being an engraved charm. We goofed around a little bit taking pictures with our phones, then I rushed home, showered, picked up a car load of teenage girls, and made it to church on time. Okay, I walked in with wet hair, but I wasn't late.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks. Make the most of it!

36 comments:

  1. Lisa...I just finished posting, too!! That was such a fun race and hearing the surpise in your voice on the phone was priceless! You did awesome :-)

    So glad the shoes and bra worked out well for you.

    Okay, will you stop saying you're slow already!! Great race, girl :)

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  2. Great time!!! And two new things that worked well. Good for you! ANd all before church.

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  3. YEA!!!!
    SO proud of you! And what a cool idea for a medal!
    Thanks for your support recently...can't tell you how much it means to me...you are a great runner and a great woman!
    Take Care

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  4. Congratulations BLing Queen!

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  5. Great race. It sounds like your leg has healed well

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  6. Excellent time Lisa! I am proud of you girlie!!! Have a yodel on me!!!

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  7. Wow! Congrats on placing in your AG. That's great!

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  8. That's such a nice idea for a prize. You would want to run faster for a cute racelet like that. Well done! Also fantastic that the injry is healed.

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  9. I just read my comment and realised the typo "racelet" instead of "bracelet". That was not intended but is kind of funny.

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  10. WHOOO HOOOO CONGRATS LISA! That is awesome!! Nothing like placing when you weren't expecting it :-) And not only that but coming off of an injury as well. Sweet!

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  11. WOW, that's a fantastic result. Congrats! You did so well.

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  12. GO YOU!!

    and I needed that quote.

    I have a work thing Im avoiding out of, quite honestly, FEAR.

    I needed the reminder.

    MizFit

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  13. Awesome job, congrats on the medal!

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  14. Congrats on placing in your age group! That totally rocks!

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  15. Lisa, woo hoo on your great 5k time! All that time off must have done some good (that and the new shoes and running gear). And what a cute award! Something different.

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  16. Way to go, Lisa! I'm glad you had a great run and race!!! I bought new shoes before my first Oly and it worked out. Stupendous!!!

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  17. WOO HOO!! Great race and awesome result. Congratulations on the first of many great runs in the new kicks.

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  18. How funny, and FUN is that, to find out you placed! Cool bracelet!

    Looks like your patience in handing your injury paid off -- glad the shoes worked too.

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  19. Whoo hoooo!!! Congrats on a great race!

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  20. Those last second dashes usually end up beating at least one person in your age group. At last, that's the way it always works for me.

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  21. WOOHOO!!! Congrats on your race!! Think how fast you are going to come in at Soma... ;>)

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  22. What a confidence builder that must have been! Congratulations on a great finish, a fun race, a pretty prize, and getting past that injury.

    Thanks for that quotation. Clearly I needed to hear it. When I run with my iPod, different words stand out to me even though I have the same playlist of songs each time. Today's theme was conquering fear. I heard three separate lyrics about it and then read your quote. I think someone's trying to get through to me!! Powerful stuff - so again thanks and congrats on your race.

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  23. CONGRATS on the AG place! That's the coolest thing EVA! I love the little charm bracelet.

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  24. Congratulations on placing in the race! I'm a new reader to your blog and am so happy to have found you!

    I'll be back for more!

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  25. Congrats!!! That's a very good time. You should be very proud.

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  26. Yeah! Way to go! It's alays nice to win an award.

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  27. Very cool.. congrats on the AG place!

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  28. Way to kick butt at the 5k! Woohoo!

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  29. I love the charm bracelet idea, that is great!! Way to go you speedy speedster...good job!

    Soon you'll need to change your name to Speedy Bunnies...

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  30. Great shoes.. and wonderful they worked out for the race! Congratulations.
    Fine thing to arrive at church with wet hair. You were there!!!

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