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River City 5K Recap: Burns Park, Little Rock

Hi sweet readers!

How was your weekend? I’m a little sad it’s over, but it was extra active – just the way I like it. I wasn’t quite as productive as I had hoped to be, but I did manage to spend as much time outside as possible, as well as squeeze in some time with one of my best friends, and an impromptu date night with the hubs.

On Saturday I ran in the River City 5K at Burns Park here in Little Rock! To say I was undertrained would be an understatement. It definitely hurt, but a good hurt. I knew I wasn’t going to aim for a PR, and I knew I was just going to go with it, and see how it went. I was able to convince my friend Erin to come run it with me, so it was the first race I’ve actually run WITH someone in a pretty long time! No doubt the miles flew by, and reminded why it can be so much fun to partner up. So, here’s the run down.

I met Erin at the park at 7, since start time was at 7:30. Praise the Lord for that, 7:3o is about the latest you should start a morning run around these parts in June! We got our timing chips, then it was time to line up. We both decided we would just see how it went, so we ended up staying together for probably all but the last quarter mile. Here are our splits:

Mile 1 – 8:11

Mile 2 – 8:51

Mile 3 – 8:52

Don’t mind our amazing positive split, we really worked hard at that. But really, after our hasty first mile, humid mile two hit us like a brick wall! The race had two water stops, which is pretty unusual for a 5K. I took advantage of both, and successfully spilt gatorade all over my face like a true runner. Mastering the folded cup – sip – and – run is a delicate art.

Around mile 2.75 we both decided to break up and call it quits, so I took off and Erin hung back a bit. We both weren’t feeling too great, thanks to that lovely humidity, and our lack of recent training! Imagine that!

I crossed the finish line in 26:18:03 officially, with Erin just a few seconds after. Definitely not a PR for either of us, or even close, but we both had a blast and got a GREAT 5K workout in, on a pretty and flat course, so no complaints! No race is a wasted race!

river city 5k burns park

After the race, we walked around and scooped up as many of the post-race treats as we could, then got ready for the awards. We almost didn’t stay for it, because neither of us thought we had placed. We decided to stick around, just to see who won our age group, and with what time.

We were standing in the back of the crowd, and not paying attention, when I hear “…..Sarah Ingle! Is Sarah Ingle here?! Congratulations!!…Is she here?” I had no idea what was going on, so I ran up front to the announcers and found out I had WON a $100 GIFT CARD to ROCK CITY RUNNING!!!! (One of the local running shops) I was PUMPED! New pair of shoes here I come!!

I came back to Erin and we laughed about how random that was, and how we were so glad we hadn’t left! I never win random drawings like that, so that was super exciting! The awards for the age group divisions began shortly after, and we kept talking and taking pictures, assuming neither of us had placed. And before we knew it, the announcer shouted out Erin’s name as 3rd in the 25-29 age group, then I immediately knew I had placed second! We really should start paying attention more!

Woohoo! We were so excited! It was such a nice surprise!! AND, it was Erin’s first time to ever place in an age group! So proud of you, Erin!

river city 5k run little rock

After I got home, I changed clothes, and got ready to head out on a hike with another sweet friend, which I’ll save for another post. Once the morning humidity wore off, and the sun came out, Saturday was just too pretty to stay inside.

And as we speak, Adam and I are working on our meal plan for the week, and starting the food prep! We aren’t pros at this by any means, but how nice would it be to make this a habit?!

Look how colorful and fresh our shopping cart looked tonight…


I am genuinely excited about what we are eating this week! Now, if I can just hold myself to it, and not fall back on Mr. Pancho mexican restaurant one night!

We’re hoping for super salads for lunch, and meat and veggies for dinner. Should be easy, right??

I also made a huge batch of homemade granola tonight as well. Can’t wait to snack on this all week, and maybe next! I’ll be sharing the recipe sometime this week. Don’t worry, it’s ridiculously easy!

how to make granola

Did you race this weekend? How did it go? What is your favorite distance? Do you meal plan?

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    Cecilia @ MommiesRun
    June 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Congrats on your race and AG award! I haven’t made granola in forever but it is super easy and I love how I can just make a ton to snack on! Have a great week!
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    Courtney @ LifeAsAConvert
    June 29, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Today is my rest day, but here I am reading this and now wanting to go run.

    I used to meal plan and my diet was so much better then. I really need to get back in the habit of it.
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    June 30, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Congrats on your great Performance! I love Running 5k as well and Used to compete alot but i haven’t in really Long while:o
    Great Blog btw!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    June 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Congrats on winning the gift card! That would have been the highlight of my weekend haha.
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    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom
    June 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Wow! $100 to Rock City Running is awesome!! : ) great job at River City. It’s such a good ministry to support!

    I’m looking forward to your granola recipe. I love homemade granola!
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    June 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Even though it wasn’t a PR, dont knock it, its still a great time! Humidity sucks!!
    Ive given up on grabbing water at stations. I get it over me AND whoever is nearby. Handheld for me! on

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    Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry
    June 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Ah, humidity does stink when running! I live in Kentucky, and I’ve been experiencing that nice swampy feeling even at 6 a.m. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My husband and I meal plan our dinners five days in advance and usually go shopping for everything on Sundays. Nothing too crazy, though!
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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Um, I think you did awesome. I would be stoked if I finished with that time! Especially considering the humidity. It is dry as a bone here in California. I went for a run on Saturday morning and the air was so dry that my throat and my nose were killing me! A little moisture is a good thing.

    Anyway, congrats on your race and for winning the gift card! That’s awesome!
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    June 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh yes I know that under-trained feeling. I ran a trail half marathon and I was under-trained for that but not by choice, if i could things over, I would do things differently.
    Nice work with you run, you sill ran it in a good time, so don’t be so hard on yourself.

    Having a family I normally meal plan, but with school holidays I’m pretty relaxed at the moment.
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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    July 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Nice job! It looks like you really enjoyed yourself and had a great race. That gift card is a nice add on too! My favorite distance is the half marathon – challenging, yet not brutal like the marathon.
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