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Fairfax, Virginia
United States
46F / 8C
Sunny
Total Time = 35m 29s
Overall Rank = 268/422
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 44/70
Pre-race routine:

Oh what a laugh. My husband, Brian, was so nervous he couldn't sleep. He left the house around 2:45am to go get energy drinks for himself, knowing that tomorrow he would be tired. The cat started meowing when he left, and I woke up. He got confused about the whole Daylight Saving Time thing, and the alarm went off at 4:30am. Race start isn't until 9am, so that was a bit early, even for my type A taste. He set five different alarms, worried that he wouldn't wake up, so they kept going off between 4:40 and 5am. See, he's narcoleptic, and I'm on a new sleep medication, so he was just trying to cover the bases. God love him. :)

Anyway, real pre-race routine:
6am Brain brings me 10 ounces of Gatorade and sees if I can get out of bed yet. Nope, not yet. He'll check back later. 6:45 he pulls me out of bed and puts me on the trainer to make sure my body is moving. After that it was more Gatorade, then I got dressed. I packed up my bag with my Lara bars, highly diluted Gatorade, and my extra clothes. I was really worried that the wind was going to kick up, so I had a vest and some gloves, which I definately did not need. I wore long compression shorts and a long sleeved tshirt and I was fine.

We left the house at about 8am, with the kiddie race starting at 8:30, and the 5k starting at 9. Quick drive, no traffic, easy parking, and met my parents there. My mom had a little sign, which was really cute and nice of her.
Event warmup:

Hmmmm, does doing the splits in the bathroom at the coffee shop count? There was a ton of water on the floor, and I am a huge klutz. After emptying my bladder I jogged back to my parents and husband to give them a course map and projected pace. Then I walked to the starting area. Then I tucked my fingers in my armpits and tried to look cool. I have decided road racers are not nearly as nice as triathletes.
Run
  • 35m 29s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 25s  min/mile
Comments:

Being as this was my first race, I had several goals:
1. Finish
2. Keep a steady pace, and not come limping across the finish line.
3. Have a lot of fun, and really enjoy myself.

I'm happy to say that I met all of those goals and then some. Knowing that I am a slow runner, I placed myself very far back at the start. Since it was a run/walk event, I put myelf ahead of all the mothers holding small children by the hand and all other obvious walking teams. I was behind everyone else. I spent the first mile trying not to cry, because I wasn't feeling good, and I was getting passed by a lot of people, and I was generally just bummed. It seemed to take forever to hit that first mile marker, and the voice in the back of my head kept telling me that I had never actually gone 3.1 miles before in my life. Why did I think a race was a good place to start?

A little after the first mile marker I looked at my watch and realized I was supposed to take a walking break, but I really didn't want to. I knew that if I did, I would just take more and more, and that wasn't what I was hoping to do here. I just concentrated on running slowly, so I wouldn't burn out. I kept my eye on this girl dressed as a tennis player who seemed to be going the same speed as me, and just paced off of her for awhile. I soaked in all the costumes, the volunteers, the stupid drivers trying to run us down, all of it. Quick glances at my Garmin told me I was ranging between 11:a0 nd 12:00 min/mi and I was happy with that. I was starting to stay with the pack, rather than be passed by so many people.

At the 2.5k marker they had a water station, and that was funny. A woman dressed as something involving a large hat and umbrella (or maybe that's just her personal style?) ave me my water, and I drank about half of it down. That was a bad idea, as I started to feel kind of gross after that. It worked itself out after .5k or so, but I'll remember next time to walk the aid station.

A bit after the 2 mile marker I realized I was not going to walk. I was feeling good, staying strong, and only had a little more than a mile to go. My breathing was still on track, and I was looking way better than some of my feelow runners out there. It was around this time that I spotted my parents and husband. I actually saw them before they saw me. I was coming down a hill, right out of the sun, and couldn't have been more than 20 feet from them when I waved and there was a big flurry of sign waving and cameras and whatnot. It really bolstered me up. My husband yelled something, but I couldn't really hear him. I knew he was surprised that I was going to fast, so I gave him a thumbs up and nodded. I only hope he wasn't telling me my shorts were sheer or something.

Right after I passed my cheering squad was when the last final uphill (almost a mile long) started, and I realized something great: I was passing people! I had slowly been picking some people off since the first mile, but just as many people had been passing me. At this point, almost no one was passing me anymore, and I was passing groups of two and three who were just drained. One of the benefits of being slow I guess. :) I caught all the jackrabbits that started out too fast and were now walking. This one woman and I leap frogged all the way up the hill, and I tried to hang on for the down hill into the shopping center and finish line, but she had a killer kick. I felt this odd sensation....this sort of angry snake inside me that wanted to reach out and take her down. I told my husband about it after the race, and he said that's called competitive nature. Kind of cool.

My parents and husband were there again at the finish line, and I managed to finish looking preety strong, if red faced. It was great to see their faces, especially how surprised they looked to see me so soon. I had told them that I would take walking breaks, and that I would probably finish in about 40 minites. Instead I finished in about 35. Pretty nice start for a girl who thought she couldn't run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I met every single goal I set for myself. I also did the whole race without walking, and beat my projected finishing time by 5 minutes. I only wish I looked better in spandex.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down on a chair, took off my timing chip, and got hugs from my great jockstrappers. They showed me all the pictures they took, and told me that the guy who won finished in a little over 15 minutes. Wowser. I drank my diluted Gatorade and got a cheese bread thing from the Panera cart. Decided not to stay for the festivities, so I slowly walked to the car, listening to my husband gush about what an awesome athlete I was becoming.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm a beginner, what more can I say? I haven't yet learned how to push my body and mind yet, and I don't really have an aerobic base.

Event comments:

I thought this was a really well run race. It started right on time, and was very well marked. There was a good police presence, which was nice, considering how Northern Virginia drivers are! It was fun to see the kids and some adults in costume, so it was a fun race for me, as a beginner. I like that it was Chip timed, so when they post official results, I'll know exactly how fast I was. That's nice for such a low key family event.

11/3/06 - Got the email with links to official race photography and times.




Last updated: 2006-09-15 12:00 AM
Running
00:35:29 | 03.11 miles | 11m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 44/70
Overall: 268/422
Performance: Good
Course: Big loop around the shopping center, sharing main roads the entire time. Portions in full sun, others in full shade. Constant up and down gradual hills, with the last mile being one long climb, and the last tenth being a downhill into the shopping center.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-10-30 8:54 AM

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Master
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2006-10-30 9:08 AM
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2006-10-30 9:17 AM
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Great job on your first race!!!  You did awesome!  Now....when is the next one???
2006-10-30 9:17 AM
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spokes - 2006-10-30 9:08 AM

Awesome first RR Atlantia. Thanks for putting it up.

Doesn't that race t-shirt feel great?  



It glows in the dark! I'm almost annoyingly proud of myself.
2006-10-30 9:18 AM
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StandsWithFist - 2006-10-30 9:17 AM

Great job on your first race!!!  You did awesome!  Now....when is the next one???


24 Days! Another 5k on Thanksgiving. Now I'm really excited, because I have a goal to strive to do better than. Plus, I hear the course is supposed to be flatter.
2006-10-30 9:19 AM
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WOOHOO! What an accomplishment!! Now you've got that first race behind you ... you're on your way! Nice way to meet your personal goals ... and you even passed people!!

((HIGH FIVE))


2006-10-30 9:19 AM
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Master
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Woo hoo!  Sounds like we had similar experiences on our first 5k's and we both had a great time!  Amazing what you can do if you put mind over matter.

2006-10-30 9:32 AM
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Congrats on your first (of many hopefully) successful races!!

You've gotta watch out for the little snarling voice in the back of your head .... it's the one that makes you get up at 5 in the morning to run and keeps making you think that an Ironman in the future may not be that bad afterall ......

Glad you had all the support of family and friends, that makes the great run you had all the more rewarding (and that 15 minutes for the winner is blazing fast, even in my eyes!!!).
2006-10-30 9:37 AM
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Subject: RE: Goblin Gallop
Awesome first race!!!

Yeah, you've encountered what many first-timers do. Road runners aren't really cliquish, they're just very internally focused at the start line. They tend to open up more after the race, and if you go to enough, they get more friendly. Trail runners....different breed entirely.

Good to see I'm not the only one who starts to wish bad things upon people faster than me, too.

Overall, great race, great report! You described a lot of stuff I see / do every time! Especially the slow start (I have notoriously slow starts). It tends to work better that way, to avoid getting sucked out in the start and blowing up real early. Good job on avoiding that one!
2006-10-30 9:42 AM
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Great job on your first race. Especially with running the whole way. My first 5K I had to take two walking breaks!! Sounds like your have a wonderful jockstrapping crew. You did wonderful! As Daremo said - becareful of the little voice. It has me convinced that I can qualify for Boston in another year!!
2006-10-30 9:42 AM
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Great Race! way to accomplish your goals for the race (having fun being the most important). Boy that pre-race routine wore me out! It is nice to have such support from those around you.


2006-10-30 9:49 AM
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Congratulaitons on your first race!  It sounds a lot like my first 5K.   I dind't know anything about pacing though and went flying out with the crowd!  I never walked but I had to slow WAY down and then thought I might puke at the finish.   That is so cute that your husband was so worried and he wasn't even racing!

Edited by MomX3 2006-10-30 9:50 AM
2006-10-30 10:06 AM
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Master
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MomX3 - 2006-10-30 9:49 AM

Congratulaitons on your first race!  It sounds a lot like my first 5K.   I dind't know anything about pacing though and went flying out with the crowd!  I never walked but I had to slow WAY down and then thought I might puke at the finish.   That is so cute that your husband was so worried and he wasn't even racing!


Thanks. I don't think I would have paced so well if I didn't have my fancy-pants Garmin, so big thanks to my in-laws for that b-day present. My husband always gets really worried like that. He sent me so many voicemail messages the night before our wedding, and I didn't have the heart to turn the phone off!
2006-10-30 10:15 AM
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Congrats on a great job. Keep it up!
2006-10-30 10:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Goblin Gallop
Fantastic job, and a great time for your first race too! Good luck with your next, will you keep training for it?
2006-10-30 10:47 AM
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Whoooooo Hoooooo First 5k!!!!! That is so awesome!!!!  Fantastic race report too!!!!!  So cool that your family was there to share it with you.  Be proud of yourself, you deserve it!!!!!   


2006-10-30 10:59 AM
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Master
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Great Job! I think my first 5K was in like 40 minutes or something. You did amazing! I had to laugh about all the alarms. My husband does something frightenly similar for his fishing tournaments!

Laughing

2006-10-30 11:01 AM
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GREAT first race + report.  Congratulations on what is soon to be your oldest race t-shirt.  
edit: okay, not so certain whatsup with this whoe bold font thing as none of it is checked ... must be the ghost in the machine. 


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2006-10-30 11:59 AM
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CONGRATS!

awesome job on your first race!!!!
2006-10-30 1:22 PM
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What a great race!  The BEST thing is to go out slowly then pick up steam along the way... though the mental discipline that takes can be tough.  GREAT JOB!

I think it's soooo cool too that your husband & mom are so supportive, just wonderful.

Your RR is funny too - hoping he wasn't yelling that your shorts were sheer, hehe!  And yes, triathletes are nicer than road racers... but then again, triathletes are basically nicer than EVERYBODY, so it's not fair to compare. 

Congratulations! 

2006-10-30 2:04 PM
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Congrats on your first race.  Meeting your goals is always a great outcome.

Nothing feels better than that 1st finish.  Its simply addictive.

Oh, and you can never be too early to a race, no matter how Type A you may be. 

 



2006-10-30 2:19 PM
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"I kept my eye on this girl dressed as a tennis player "

This is exactly what I do in a race.   

Good Job!

2006-10-30 6:28 PM
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Mike 45 - 2006-10-30 2:19 PM

"I kept my eye on this girl dressed as a tennis player "

This is exactly what I do in a race.   

Good Job!



As far as costumes to wear to a race, it was pretty smart. Although I imagine carrying the raquet got a bit tiresome after awhile. Her skirt was very pretty I was behind this one guy dressed in yellow and carrying a stuffed animal, and I finally figured out he was supposed to be The Man with the Yellow Hat with Curious Goerge.
2006-10-30 6:56 PM
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AWESOME JOB!!!    I'm so happy for you!  So - we'll see you at MCM next year, right? :-D
2006-10-30 7:10 PM
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Master
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BodyCheck - 2006-10-30 6:56 PM

AWESOME JOB!!!    I'm so happy for you!  So - we'll see you at MCM next year, right? :-D


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