Saturday, March 27, 2010

by the skin of my teeth

22:59!
i have run a number of 5K races and typically finish somewhere in the 23s. it's been a goal for quite some time to break through that barrier -- and today was (crazily enough) my lucky day!! i think it was actually the fact that i DIDN'T really care that much about the race's outcome that helped.

see: usually, i try to play it smart, tactically -- i worry about crashing and burning, and i think "steady as she goes -- don't do anything you'll regret!". this time, i worked an ER shift last night until after 11 pm, carb-loaded on guglhupf pastries (oh YEAHHHHH), and slept not-nearly-enough pre-race. so i just decided my strategy would be just to be reckless. ie: go out as fast as possible, because if i bonked mid-race, who really cares? i suppose it was a bit of an experiment.

it was COLD and hilly and i had to weave past much slower runners for the first half mile or so. this didn't cost me too much time, however, since there wasn't a huge crowd. there were NO mile markers or splits available -- which fit my "just goooooo" strategy quite well. my iPod soundtrack was just my half marathon list on shuffle, and i ended running to an odd mix of ben folds, girltalk, lady gaga (thank god), and kelly clarkson (what? it worked).

i saw a gorgeous, elegantly striding runner out of the corner of my eye mid-race. it took me a little time to figure out that it was meg! she ended up having a great race as well (recap here -- check out her tasty post-5K eats, too!).

as i headed towards the finish line (downhill, THANK GOD), i saw the clock said "22:42" and GUNNED it -- i really, really wanted that sub-23!

and, luckily i made it, literally by the skin of my teeth, in 22:59. an unexpected PR and 2nd in my age group!! i was super-excited.


with meg! as usual, i appear extra pygmy-like beside her. super flattering, huh? (or not). in case you're wondering, i did not gain 50 lbs from my guglhupf carb-loading -- it just looks that way as i'm wearing a giant reach out & read top over 2 layers of running clothes! maybe i would have been a couple of seconds faster without all that air resistance . . . but then again i needed the layers for warmth!

more importantly
so yes -- the race was fun! but even more exciting than a random age-group winner was this:


WOW! that far exceeded any amount i thought it would be possible to raise, especially in such a short time period. combined with 3 other residents, we made over $1000 for reach out and read. that makes me so happy -- as i know it will the kids who receive their books!

thank you to everyone who donated and to those who even considered it! i know it's a tough time economy-wise right now and there are a TON of worthy causes all tugging at your heartstrings. i am amazed at the outpouring of generosity and really appreciated the support!

hey, it's saturday!
this weekend truly snuck up on me. i am psyched that it's only 12pm and i feel like i've already done so much! josh and i will be indulging in some serious couch-time this weekend -- in fact, i've marked on tomorrow's calendar: DAY OF REST.

first up: a nap. i think i've earned it.

15 comments:

Morgan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats! That is an AMAZING time! Enjoy your nap and your relaxing day, you do deserve it!

Meg @ Be Fit Be Full said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ok, you turn for the overstatment now....beautiful elegantly striding runner? Ha! I was hunched over huffing and puffing barely able to take in a full breath :)
Congrats again on a great run! So did you place first in your age group??

sunapeegirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats on the great race!! I always play it cautious in order to prevent crashing at the end but then at the end I always wish I had pushed harder. I have a race tomorrow and I may try your strategy : )

inmytummy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are fast! Have a great nap. You definitely deserve it.

marathonmaiden said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what a great race for you! i definitely find that when i don't have huge expectations for a race i always end up doing well. crazy how that works, no? congrats :)

Chelsea said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You definitely deserve a day of rest! Congrats on your 5k PR. PRs always seem to happen that way to me, too. I get to the end of the race thinking it's nothing special, and then I have a "Holy crap! That's the time?!?" moment and book it to the finish.

Diana Draw said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations, that time is fast! 2nd in your age group is awesome, well done. ;)

sarah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nicely done!! Skin of your teeth or not, a 22 is a 22. I don't think you don't look pygmy-like, but you do look pretty cold. Leggings aren't really stylish when you pair them with a sports watch...

HangryPants said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations - you are such an inspiring runner!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are SO DARN FAST!!!! Wow. Congrats on breaking 23, Sarah! Enjoy your day of rest tomorrow.

PS Us pygmy-likes gotta stick together :)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh and don't you love when your going against your strategy turns out for the better??

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats!! For a 5k, you might as well go all out and see what happens...it's not like a marathon where the death march could last for hours!

Jess said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great job!

Whit said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats! I knew you were speedy, but you are REALLY speedy!

Love you!

Kath said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

NICE time!!! I need to run another 5K - if this dumb leg ever heals!

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