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P.A.T.H. Run to Stop Traffick 5K Race Recap

Hi friends!

How was your weekend?

Ours was wonderful – no plans, just lots of cleaning, relaxing, and enjoying having no major commitments for once. I did however run in a local 5K on Saturday morning!

P.A.T.H. Run to Stop Traffick 5K – Little Rock

P.A.T.H, or Partners Against Human Trafficking, is a non-profit organization based out of Little Rock whose mission is to, “provide safe housing and a program of restoration and reintegration for rescued victims of Human Trafficking and prostitution, through a variety of services and Christ-centered recovery programs, offering hope for healing, personal growth and future success.”

I honestly had no idea how common human trafficking through sexual exploitation is – especially here in Arkansas. According to P.A.T.H’s website, the average age a young girl typically enters street prostitution is between 12 and 14, some even as young as 9 years old. Mind = blown.

Another disturbing statistic: it is estimated that between 14,000 and 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the US annually. Can you even wrap your head around that?

I could not even imagine living a life where being bought and sold through prostitution was “my normal.” Definitely take a few minutes to check out their website, and learn more about P.A.T.H’s mission, and just how common human trafficking really is!

The 5K took place at Two Rivers Park. There were several other races going on at the same time on Saturday, so this race in particular ended up being fairly small, but still a great turnout. I would estimate there were ~150 runners and walkers?

The race started at 8 AM, so the sun had already heated things up. Luckily, the course was a flat loop, with about half of it being pretty shaded. I wasn’t expecting a PR, but was at least hoping to place in my age group with a decent time. I went to the race by myself, so Adam could sleep in a little, so I don’t have very many pictures!

The area where the start and finish line were is really pretty, shaded, with a creek down below. Just trust me on this one. Two Rivers Park is where it’s at.

The only negative about the race was how unorganized the start was. The race was chip timed, but there was no official starting line, and there was only a finish line mat. All of the runners were crowded around and spread out in front of the finish line, which we all assumed was also the starting line. Without any warning, or “runners get ready…” a faint horn sounded, and we were off! I hadn’t even started my music yet, and fumbled around to start my Garmin about 10 seconds too late! It was very chaotic, and I ran the first mile way too fast in the panic of it all! Not a huge deal overall, but I know a lot of the runners were a little frustrated with the strange unofficial start because everyone’s Garmins measured inaccurately.

Mile 1 – 7:51

Mile 1 didn’t “feel” too fast, but I knew good and well that it was and would pay for that later.

Mile 2 – 8:30

Mile 2 was mostly shaded, but mile 1 caught up to me and I settled into a more comfortable pace. I really would have liked for this to have been closer to 8:20 or 8:15.

Mile 3 – 8:31

Mile 3 was about the same, until the last .25 mile then it opened back up into a bright sunny and HOT field. I could have pushed mile 3 more and probably hit 8:15 or so, but honestly when I looked around me there were no other girls near me so I knew I was set with placing in my age group! A little lazy strategizing is what I like to call it. I knew I wasn’t going to hit a PR, so I pushed it just enough to be happy with my time and still place.

.1 –  :12

Of course, these splits are what my Garmin actually measured, because remember I started it about 10 seconds late.


My official time was 25:11:05, 2nd in my age group.

The girl who got first shot out of the starting “line” like a rocket and there was no way I could catch up to her. Good heavens she was ridiculously fast!

5k race times

I’ll take it!

After my race, I met Adam to run some errands, and grab breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram then you already saw our delicious, huge southern meal we pigged out on. And later that afternoon I took Miss Truckee for a long walk. She deserves to get plenty of exercise too!

walking a black lab

We went 1.75 miles, and for the most part she was perfect! Adam met us on our way home to give her some water because she was super dehydrated. Or maybe she was just being lazy and didn’t want to trudge up our hill. I’ll never know.

Either way, it was a very active Saturday. Just the way I like it!

How was your weekend? Did you race? Do you strategize during 5k’s ever?

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    May 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Waita go on 2nd place- you’re speedy! Sounds like a great race for a good cause!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Haha thanks Katie! Not my best, but it will do! Running in the heat is so tough!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    May 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on an awesome time!

    • Reply
      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    May 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd place finish!!

    No racing for me this weekend, I barely had time to breathe and took a little break from running. I’m back at it tomorrow though!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks girl!

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    May 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    great time && looking great post run too!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you!

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    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes
    May 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

    That sounds like a fun 5k (besides the whole starting issues) for a great cause! I had no idea there was so much human trafficking going on in the US, so awful. Congrats on placing 2nd in your age group!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I had no idea either! It really is so scary and opened my eyes! Thank you!

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    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom
    May 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Human trafficking is sickening and so disturbing to hear about but I know it is happening. It definitely needs to be stopped and I appreciate the efforts this organization is making to prevent it.

    Sounds like a crazy start. That can really throw off your pacing strategy. 5ks tend to be one of my hardest races to even/ negative split. But I love the distance. : )

    Congrats on your AG award!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

      It’s pretty sickening! I had no idea how sheltered I was from this problem! Ugh the start was pretty hectic..definitely messed up my mental game haha

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    Cori @ olivetorun.com
    May 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Congrats on an awesome race.
    Isn’t that one of the downfalls of pets… they can trick us and we will literally NEVER know 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Cori!! Haha, amen to that!

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