Friday, November 27, 2009

The Human Race 5k

"Run with an attitude of gratitude" is the quote that graces the t-shirt I received at this morning's run.  I felt it was fitting that all the proceeds of this Thanksgiving Day race are going straight to the Utah Food Bank. I love knowing that my money is going towards a good cause.  I definitely felt gratitude in my heart as my hubby and I lined up along with 3400 other runners at the starting line.  I usually don't like large races but this one felt just right.

Will and I were lucky enough that our training schedule actually called for a short, tempo pace run this morning.  A great excuse to get out and run a 5k! (It's funny how a 5k seems short to me now. Sure didn't feel that way 3-4 yrs ago.)

The weather was frigid but I knew I'd be okay once we started running.  I never heard the gun shot to start the race so I just moved with the crowd to the starting line and then continued to weave in and out of traffic for a good mile and a half. (So many people!)  My goals were to PR and get under 25 minutes. I did PR with a finish time of 25:27 (!) but I sadly didn't beat 25 minutes.  My previous record was 25:47 so I can't be disappointed.  In fact, I feel confident that I would've beat 25 minutes had I not spent so much time weaving through people the first mile. Just take a look at my splits from the Garmin-

Mile 1- 8:56
Mile 2- 7:52
Mile 3- 7:43

Mile 1 really held me back!  No worries, though. I feel certain I'll get it next time.

Anyway, only 3 runs for me this week. I did 6 miles on Tuesday, 3 miles today and I have 8 miles on Saturday.  Easy week of training before another long week next week.  I'm actually loving the break. Those long runs are killer!

That's all for today. Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Great job. I would love to run at the pace you ran this race.

  2. I am not a fan of weaving!! That is why I firmly plant my Tall self at the front...hmmm maybe that is why I always run the first mile too fast??? Hmmmm??

    Anyhow congrats on a good race, you totally have a sub 25 in you..

  3. Will you email me your address so I can send your running goodies to you. Oh and let me know what size shirt you usually are??? Thanks!