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Firecracker Fast 5K Recap

Warning: lots of photos ahead.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!!! I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. My mind is blown that it’s JULY!!! WHAT!!!

This morning here in Little Rock was the Firecracker Fast 5K! If you read my post on it earlier this week, you’ll remember that Runner’s World called it one of the fastest courses in the country! And rightfully so! I had heard that this 5K was pretty popular, but I had no idea how big it really was! There were 1,458 runners! Amazing for a 5K! So awesome that more and more people are seeing how FUN 5K’s are!!

The weather this morning was fantastic, mid 60’s! Of course in the sun it was a little warmer πŸ™‚ Adam and I made our way to the start line, found a place to park, then I made a bee-line to the porta potties. Race time was 7:30, and when I got in the mile long bathroom line it was about 10 after. I quickly decided that I didn’t have time to wait AND get where I wanted to be at the start, sooooo I may have improvised. And by improvising I mean tag teamed with the girl behind me in line and we MAY have found a fence to squat behind. Just maybe. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. We all know it’s miserable to run when you have to pee, let’s just be real. A minute before the gun went off there were still women running back from the huge porta potty line! That girl and I have officially bonded for life.

I found a place to squeeze in near the front 1/4 of the pack. I knew it was going to be really crowded for the first half mile or so so I didn’t want to get stuck behind slower runners and have my first mile destroyed. The national anthem was played, and the announcer counted down, 3-2-1- GO!! And we were off! Straight up a hill. But don’t worry, the rest of it, minus the end, was almost all down hill.

I wonder how long it took that guy in front to regret his decision.

That’s me in the grey tank top and hot pink sports bra. Adam told me I HAVE to buy some obnoxious tops because he couldn’t spot me easily enough. I agree, let’s go shopping!

My first mile I was feeling good, weaving in an out of runners and trying to get some space. I tried really hard to not go out TOO fast because I didn’t want to regret it at mile 3 and end up not getting my PR. So mile 1 was slightly up hill, then flat, then the downhill started right after my Garmin beaped at mile 1. Time: 7:42. Perfect. Β Once we started towards mile 2, I was loving it. Downhill, but not too steep where it hurts your knees. I knew I would make up extra time here so I pushed it a little. I still was a *little* cautious with my quads because I had been told that the last half mile was ALL uphill. Mile 2 time: 7:28. Doing good, did that just say 7:28?? Towards the end of mile 2 the downhill incline really increased and we were flying! It was awesome. But as predicted, almost as soon as we approached the end of mile 2 (maybe like 2.7 or so??), things went flat for a second then uphill. We were out of the shade for most of this part too so I just kept thinking, “don’t blow it now! just keep moving!” The uphill definitely slowed me down some, but I kept watching my watch and could tell a PR was headed my way!!!! We hit mile 3, time: 8:09, then a quick downhill to the finish line! I was so excited to see so many people cheering the runners on- it really helps for a faster finish when you can hear people yelling and screaming! I saw Adam and he snapped a few quick pics, then I saw the clock and couldn’t stop smiling!! One last kick and I finished in 24:28:36 officially, which averaged out to a 7:53 mile! My Garmin said 24:46:40 but it also measured 3.16. WOOHOO!!!!!

That’s Tia. You’ll read about her in a second. She was kicking butt!

I ended up placing 11th in my age group. There were 50 in my age group pre-registered, so I can handle 11th for this race especially since I know I didn’t start close enough to the front to even stand a chance! Overall I placed 340, which sounds a little ridiculous, but I keep reminding myself there were well over 1,400 runners.

I heart Swiftwick Aspire Twelve compression socks. No cramps or tight calves today for this girl!!

After the race, we grabbed some food and my official time sheet. Start 2 Finish Event Management helped put this race together, and it was seamless! Very impressed. To get your time you just had to walk up to this computer and type in your bib number, then it spit out every detail you ever wanted to know about your results!! So convenient!

There was the cutest little old man band playing jazz music down by the awards table and it was precious. I think they were veterans. One of them said, “If you go forth with the fifth on the fourth, you may not go forth on the fifth.” BAHAHAHA. We loved him!

Then it was time for awards, where we watched our friend Tia Stone get her award for first in her age group, as well as 3rd female OVERALL! She’s incredible. She blogs over at Arkansas Runner Mom. You should check her out πŸ™‚ Oh, and she has 4 kids. Ain’t no thing.

Here are the Nike Dri Fit race shirts:

Our 4th of July started off with a bang, and I’m super excited to have our friends over tonight for a cookout. I went all out and made some fun decorations πŸ™‚ I’ll probably post those on my photog. blog though, so I’ll let you know πŸ™‚

Enjoy the holiday!!!

Did you run a race today?? How did you do? Any fun 4th cookouts or get togethers?

26 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    July 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats on the PR! I can’t believe how many people ran that race, that’s crazy! I love that photo of the start with that guy in the front haha bless him.
    No race today but a long run in the evening, very hot and tiring!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Anna- Thanks! I know!! It’s been around for a LONG time though so it’s got lots of history, but I was amazed that 1,400 people signed up for a 5K and on a holiday too!! Whew, hot long runs are the pits!

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    Carli
    July 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    What a great race recap!

    Congrats on your PR. It sounds well earned! With such a large group, you should be thrilled with your placement. Awesome!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Carli- Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed reading it, I appreciate you checking it out! It was a blast πŸ™‚

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    Cecilia @ MommiesRun
    July 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Woohoo! Way to go on a great race. Start 2 Finish has been putting on some great races here in Memphis. I love how you can print off your results. Enjoy your night!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Cecilia- Thanks Cecilia!! Yea! They seem like a GREAT company!! I had no idea they had an office in Memphis, I used to live in Nashville and thought they were based there. Hope you had a great 4th!

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    Katherine
    July 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Ok this post was seriously hilarious. I love that guy who’s in front at first. He must’ve freaked when everyone took off! As for the obnoxious race apparel, that sounds like a shopping trip needs to be made ASAP πŸ™‚ Congrats on a fast race? 11th and in the top half of the whole race? That’s crazy awesome!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Katherine- Haha thanks girl! I know, I saw that photo and was cracking up. Poor, poor dude. I keep wanting to check out your site but work blocks blogspot…so hopefully this weekend I’ll get to read all about YOU!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations on your PR!! Sounds like it was a really fun race!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Kristin- Thank you! It was!

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    Kristen @ Medium Roast
    July 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This race looks like so much fun! I love the shirt they gave you. Congrats on such a fantastic finish!! And I love a recap with lots of picture, so this was great!

    I sort of wish I had run a race yesterday, but then again, it rained all day. I’ll just have to make a point to run next year!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Kristen- Thanks for reading! Thanks! Oh bummer that it rained!! But rainy days are still sometimes good for the soul πŸ™‚

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    July 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    June FLEW by! I swear that time moves more quickly during the summer.

    bahahaha, I’m glad that you were able to, um, take care of business before the race. I think most people will agree that peeing outside is a race standard πŸ™‚

    CONGRATULATIONS on an awesome race and PR! That’s an incredible pace, especially considering the elevation changes!

    This looks like it was a really fun day πŸ˜€
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Alex- Hahaha yea, standard for sure! First time for everything I guess!!

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    Jenn
    July 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    No race for me, but it looks like you had a blast! Way to go!

    Love all the pictures, too! And definitely take him up on the shopping thing! After all, it was his idea πŸ˜‰
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Jenn- Haha yes, shopping for sure, he suggested it so we basically HAVE to go now πŸ™‚

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    Sami
    July 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME! Way to start of the 4th with a bang! Congrats on the PR! <3
    xo.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Sami- Thanks Sami!

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    Jen @ milesandblessings
    July 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome job!!!! Way to PR!!!! Sounds like such a fun race!!! And those dri fit shirts are totally awesome!
    I didn’t race because we were in a parade :)….had my sister in law and their kids over and took all the kids to fireworks after we grilled. It was a fun day.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Jen @ Mile and Blessings- Thanks! The awesome shirts MAY have helped convince me to sign up πŸ™‚ That still sounds like fun!! I miss going to parades! Sounds like you had a successful day as well!

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    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    July 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    AMAZING! That is lightening fast Ms. Sarah!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme- Thanks girl!!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    July 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on a great race and your sub 25!! Those shirts look great, too!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Abby- THANKS!!!!!!! I was super pumped πŸ™‚

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    Madison @ Running Shoes and Sunshine
    July 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Do they have those result print-out things at a lot of races? Is that what is under the results tent? Have I been living under a rock? mind=blown
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Madison- Haha you haven’t been living under a rock no worries!! My mind was blown too!! This was the first race I’ve seen them at, and I think it’s just what Start 2 Finish does at their particular events!

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