This weekend I ran the 5k race at the final TO Women's Runs event of the season. It was a great time, as expected - even better than imagined!
I can't say enough good things about this run series. I really enjoyed the two events I did with them this summer and I am already considering the half marathon in the spring. (Who knew I would go from 5k races to signing up for TWO half marathons in 2012 so fast?!) From the set up to the post race food to the general atmosphere, it's an all around great event. I do admit that the shirts haven't really impressed me yet, but I know "female fit" shirts are a fine art that no one has really perfected yet.
|TO Women's Runs has a great pre- and post-race area.|
Prior to the race, I had the chance to meet Lyndsay (follow her on Twitter at @Lynzee). It was great to see a "familiar" face despite not having any of my girlfriends at the race (yes, I count strangers from the internet as familiar faces, don't you?) Lynday kicked butt by the way, running her first sub-30 5k! You can read her race report here.
|Lyndsay and I warming up in the sun pre-race.|
|The only solo pic of me because the other|
one really sucked. Delete.
The run itself was pretty awesome. It was the same route as last time so I was ready for landmarks like the parking lot (crappy) and the loop that looks like the turnaround but is really only the 2km mark. Andrea and I ran the whole thing together, chatting and doing 3/1 run/walk intervals. Her goal was to finish in under 39 minutes and we both kept an eye on our Garmins to ensure we were going to hit that goal.
|Check out those super hot negative splits.|
As you can see, we killed Andrea's goal for the race. I'm glad I was able to get to know a new running buddy and help her meet her goals. You can read Andrea's race report here. In meeting her goal, I met my goal for this race.
I felt strong throughout and definitely had some gas left in the tank when it was over. I'm glad I didn't push harder though because by dinner time my knee was really really sore. Luckily we were at my brother's for dinner, and they provided me with ice and Advil.
I told The American not to worry too much about taking running pictures of me because I knew the on route photographers at these events were actually kind of awesome. As usual, I was way too impatient to wait for the photos to be indexed and clicked through 200 pages of pictures to find these beauties:
|I don't photograph well when running |
unless I know the picture is being taken.
|I actually kind of love this picture.|
Along with pictures of me, The American likes to take pictures of the winners as well. Check out these ladies flying along:
|I think this is the 5k winner. She finished in 17:55.1.|
It's amazing to me how far I've come from my first 5k race. At the beginning of this summer I had no idea how a race worked, didn't own a Garmin, had no idea about pacing, and was ready to fall over at the 4.7km mark of my first 5k race. Now I am confident and excited and enjoy every minute of something that has already become second nature to me, and I'm sad that the 2011 racing season is pretty much over. Time to start making plans for 2012!