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Race Report: RunVermont First Run 5K 2015

It has been a LONG time since I’ve raced a 5K and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little anxious about what this morning would bring. I’m in good general shape but have done very little in the way of workouts since Vegas and have almost no memory of how to race a 5K. I’ve run the course before and my plan was to go out moderately for mile 1, survive the hill and headwind of mile 2 then kick it in for mile 3, which features a great downhill finish.

It was cold and windy this morning with a “feels like” of 11 at race start. I hate to be hot when I race so I gambled and wore capris and a long sleeve. Although I froze at the start, I was generally happy with this choice during the race. The start went out FAST and I was in about 10th place for women at half a mile but worked to just run my race. This turned out to be a good approach; I was in second by the mile. As we turned into the wind, I caught the woman who was in first and when she threw in a little surge, I decided to just tuck in on her as we battled the wind for mile 2. At about the 3K, however, she was starting to slow way down so I gave it my 10 quick steps and pushed past her to the next group of people.

WHERE is the top of this hill? And why does this have to be the headwind?

WHERE is the top of this hill? And why does this have to be the headwind?

Once we crested the hill at 2, I ground down and worked on just keeping form solid through the final mile. The Beech Street downhill was FREEZING but once we turned again, it wasn’t too bad for the last stretch. Somewhere along here a woman told me I was first woman, so I just kept pressing to the line. I finished feeling strong and got to break the finishing tape! I reflexively threw my arms up, so stay tuned for that picture…

Coach was not on his photo game today...grinding towards the finish.

Coach was not on his photo game today…grinding towards the finish.

I’m most thrilled with my race splits as they reflect that I respected the course and pushed when it was appropriate. I have a bad tendency to fight the wind so I’m thrilled that I trusted myself enough to just settle in through the windy mile and get it back together when we turned.

Mile 1: 6:10

Mile 2: 6:30

Mile 3: 5:49

.1: 5:31 pace

19:11, First Overall Female, 17th overall.

All in all, an excellent day that bodes well for 2015!

Don’t Miss the First Annual Cougar Chase 7/26/14

(Apologies to my non-Vermont readers…)

We’re hosting the first Annual Cougar Chase this weekend (July 26th) at Mills Riverside Park in Jericho. It’s a fundraiser for the MMU Cross Country team (I coach the Girls) and is an affordable, flat and fast 5K with lots of great prizes. To make it more fun, we’re setting it up as a “chase race.” Women start at 8:30 am and Men at 8:33 am. There are special prizes for the first three people across the line as well as in divisions for middle school, high school, college, open and master runners.

Art for the race posters, drawn by two of my athletes.

Art for the race posters, drawn by two of my athletes.

Online registration has been extended to Thursday 7/24 and there is day of registration from 7:15 to 8:00 am. The entry fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit MMU Cross Country, a team that includes 60 runners of all abilities.

Eventbrite - MMU Cougar Chase 2014

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