I flipping WON a race today – life+running

I flipping WON a race today

Welll … that’s kind of an overstatement.

I didn’t break the finish line glory or anything, but I got 1st place in my age group (19-24) and 6th place overall in the Capital Striders Capital Pursuit 5K.

yes. 5K.

Don’t look at me like that.  I don’t normally do short distance, but instead of sitting at home and sleeping I thought I’d rather be out running. Or at least on Friday I decided that on Sunday I’d rather be running than sleeping.  When I got to Sunday I realized I was mistaken.

BUT I did it.  And I did it well.

I forced myself out of bed and decided I was going to run it to accomplish something and not try to go too hardcore into it. So I made myself a killer playlist of 25 minutes’ worth of power songs, suited up and went out.

I had no idea how to start this thing and I was afraid of starting too fast (which I did) but I allowed myself to slow down in the middle a bit so I could go balls-to-the-wall in the end.

Did I mention there was what looked like a 9-year-old kid in front of me?  As in, I’m getting beat by a 9-year-old and I have a side cramp and OHMYGOD I want to go back to bed.

But, I powered through.  I ran a flipping marathon.  There’s no way I was going to let this kid beat me.

He did.

Not by much.

Anyway, I did set out to at least run this thing in under 26 minutes.  I was near the end and hadn’t checked the time on my iPod (it psyches me out, so I don’t if I’m racing). I saw the clock and it looked like it said “24-somethingorother”.

Crap. I’m not going to make it. Screw you 9-year-old. I’ll catch you later. I’m slowing down.

BUT WAIT. That’s not a 4. That’s a 1! How the —


Somehow I didn’t quite beat the kid, but I made it to the finish in 22:08 (official time was 22:21 I believe, iPod thinks it took me 24 minutes).

22 minutes.  TWENTY TWO??!  Wow.

Not lightening speed or anything, but that is pretty fast. For me especially.

So I grab a banana (since I like those now), a bagel bite and some Gatorade, and get in line to be stretched out by the local med students.

WHY did I never take advantage of the stretchage before? Wow. Does wonders.

Anyway, I noticed they were posting the results so I took a peek. I usually fall somewhere in the middle so I started looking on page 4 or so. Nope. That was the 30-minute range. Okay … page 2? Page ONE? Wow.  Sixth?!

Granted, I did not run the “real” race. But still. This is a HUGE accomplishment.

AND I got first in my age division. Not going to happen again considering in less than 2 weeks I’m going to be 25, which puts me in the 25-35 age range (ie. where a lot of the elites fall).

In case you’re curious, I’ve included the graph of the race (note that it drops off after I finish b/c I had to jog around the block to get my iPod to think I was done).

Capital Pursuit 5K

2 Comment

  1. Steph says: Reply

    Proof that nike + ipod pretty much sucks.

    Awesome job!! 🙂

  2. Kelly says: Reply

    Dude. Little kids are fucking FAST.

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