Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shamrock Sprint 5K {race recap}

Over the weekend prior to St. Patrick's Day, the City of Bath holds their Blarney Days celebration. There are many festivities that occur to celebrate our Irish heritage and one of those is the Shamrock Sprint 5K. I also ran in this event last year and plan to in the foreseeable future.

Ian dropped me off at the start on his way to work and I planned on walking back home after the race. Yet another benefit to living in the city. I was all decked out in my best green, white, and orange which, of course, included Spandits!

They held a best dressed contest beforehand, but the cuteness of the little girl in the blue jacket won over the crowd. Maybe next year!

It's been a long time since I've run in town due to the vast amounts of snow this winter. It just hasn't been safe to run with the sizable snowbanks blocking visibility at the intersections and shrinking the width of the roadways. Because of that it has also been a long time since I've done any sort of hill training. And Bath is all hills.

This race was planned as a fun run and I knew that I would be hard pressed to PR, so that wasn't even a goal. The race started and I got caught up in the crowd and ran the first quarter mile at a sub-7 pace. I quickly slowed it down to just under 8 minutes per mile, but then I kept getting slower as the hills kept coming. Mile one beeped over at 7:46. Mile two came in at 8:21 which was only a little slower than where I was in 2014. I managed to pick up the pace a little in mile three with an 8:07 and then the awesome, super fast finish down Centre Street! My Garmin registered a 5:48 pace for the last .1!

photo courtesy Don Penta - Maine Running Photos

Final stats:
24:40, 8:01 pace
38/126 overall
12/72 women
3/9 AG 30-39

Even though I was over a minute slower then my 5K PR, I was only 16 seconds off my time from 2014 on the same course. Considering the lack of hill work, speed work, or overall miles, I'm happy with how things turned out. This was the second year in a row of placing 3rd in my age group and out of awards...I plan on changing that next year!

photo courtesy Don Penta - Maine Running Photos


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