Monday, March 14, 2011

Tom King 5k Recap

Saturday was the Tom King Classic 5k and Half Marathon. It marked the culmination of the East Nasty Couch to 5k program which I volunteered with. A few weeks ago the thought entered my mind that I might actually be able to get a PR (personal record) on this course since it was so flat.  It wasn't until the end of last week that I actually decided I would "race". I spent 4 amazing days in New Orleans and had a grand time eating rich foods and no exercise. So I wasn't sure how I would be feeling leading up to Saturday.

By Friday I knew I was going to give it my all. My goal: run a 5k under 24 minutes. So 23:59 was my aim.   Any time I run a 5k, my main goal is to run my best race. However, I do know that every course is different and there are a lot of different variables that go into optimal race conditions.  I also decided that I would not where my ipod during this race. That was a first for me. To prepare, the night before I figured out the pace I would need to maintain. 7:53/mile.

The weather was pretty perfect Saturday. A slight chill, but not too cold. I warmed up with the Couch to 5k group and split off from them and made my way towards the front of the start area. I never start as close as I actually should and end up regretting it as I am passing people.

The first mile was around the Titan's Stadium. It wasn't bad at all and I actually started out a little bit too fast (A pipe dream of mine is to run ONE mile at 6:59, but that dream deserves it's own post). I had about 3/4 of a mile to go to get to the East Nasty water stop which was also the turn around point. I couldn't tell you who cheered for me at the water stop, but I know all of my friends were cheering me on. On my way back to the stadium I felt like my name was called every 20 seconds as I passed the newest East Nasties running the 5k, some for their first time, who knew I was running for a specific time. About 1/2 a mile from the finish I just wanted to quit. That was probably the hardest part. And then I saw Chuck. Chuck is such a great cheerleader and encourager of runners and I just remember him telling me I could do it and to start picking off other runners.

I did pass a few other runners and knew I still had to run up a slight ramp into the stadium. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the large downhill that led to the field. We did 3/4 of a lap on the field and finished at the 50 yard line. According to my watch my time was 23:54. I was excited, but of course it's not official, until I see the results.

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23:53.

I think my next goal should be to actually smile at the camera.

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I did it. And I have been completed overwhelmed with the congratulations I have received. Thank you all for all of the encouragement. I couldn't have done it without you.

7 comments:

L A U R A said...

Congrats! You look so determined :)

Joner said...

Awesome awesome awesome!!! and 4th in your age group to boot!! woot woot!! :)

Jessie said...

I was in Nashville this weekend enjoying the downtown area for a few days and I totally saw ya'll running! I was on Broadway taking a stroll Saturday morning and noticed the race going on at the stadium! Beautiful day for a race, wish I would have looked to see if a race was going on and joined the crowd! Great job on your time, that's totally awesome!

Nikki said...

I was out to brunch Sunday at Take the Cake (where you, me, Krissie and Miranda went), and I saw a girl with an East Nasty shirt on. It made me think of you. :) Keep at it, girl!! You are so amazing!!

Anonymous said...

too funny! I thought i would get on here and search for any blogs about this race -- once you said something about hearing cheering for you every 20 sec, i thought I should look back up and see if her name is SARAH!! I was near you and I don't know who you are, but I thought "Man, Sarah has a LOT of cheerleaders!!" I really enjoyed this flat race and getting a new PR (and an age group award!)=) -Karen

Sarah said...

Thank you all!

@Jessie You should run the race next year! It's nice and flat. Love your blog!

@Nikki I actually think I know who that may be! I need to send an e-mail to confirm!

@Karen Welcome! and thank you so much for your comment! That was a great (flat) course! That's pretty awesome that we were running near each other.

Anonymous said...

I looked back at the EllyFoster pics the Striders have posted from the race and, sure enough, the girl beside me has on an East Nasty tshirt! I'm the runner beside you in the blue shirt... ;-)
[I'm SOO anxious to see the brightroom race pics...I keep checking the tom king website every 20 min to see if they've posted 'em yet! I just love racing pics!]
From Karen