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 🙂 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. 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 🙂 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 🙂 I’ll probably post those on my photog. blog though, so I’ll let you know 🙂
Enjoy the holiday!!!
Did you run a race today?? How did you do? Any fun 4th cookouts or get togethers?