Snap Fitness Walk, Run, and Roll 5k Recap

This past weekend, I participated in the Snap Fitness Walk, Run, and Roll 5k. This race was managed and directed by my cousin, so that’s pretty much why I did it. :) However, it ended up being a really fun race, and I loved the prizes I got! Here’s a little recap of the race. 1912000_1445763932327276_900020928_o

The morning started with a thick fog, incredible humidity, but mild temps (around mid 70s). I arrived at the race site about 45 minutes before the race. It was weird for me to plan how early to get there, because usually I have a lot to do before a triathlon! A 5k is pretty low key though…I registered in about 30 seconds, did an easy 2 mile warm up, pinned my bib on, then sat down and waited for the start. :)

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

When the timing guy called us to the start line, I was pretty sure I’d be the only one “racing” the 5k, so I was surprised when a girl I knew from college walked up and stood beside me. Not only did I know her, but I remembered she used to run on our cross country team in college. “Oh man!” I thought…. “Am I actually going to have to RACE this thing??” I couldn’t remember how fast she was in college, but I hoped if I went out really fast in the beginning, that I would scare her and she wouldn’t match me.

The gun went off, and so did I! I sprinted out of the parking lot, and then settled in to a 5:30 mile. After about 3/4 a mile, I couldn’t hear any foot steps behind me, so I slowed down to a 6 minute mile. The course was straight out and straight back, but had two rolling hills going each way. The ones on the way out, I pushed up and maintained close to a 6 minute pace. When I got to the turn around though, I saw that the closest person to me was a guy, and he was at least 45 seconds to a minute behind me. I figured my lead was secure, so I slowed up the pace even more. I decided to just take it easy the rest of the way and coast into the finish line. I was glad I was taking it easier too, because the hills on the way back were a little challenging! IMG_20140823_080546224_HDR

I made the turn toward the finish line and saw that my time was 20:04. Not the greatest time, and I know it’s not the best I could do. However, I got first place overall, and I didn’t wear myself out too much! I didn’t want to go hard because of my race coming up next weekend! IMG_20140823_082009779

Overall, I was very happy with how I raced, and definitely with how I placed! I got some awesome prizes too! My favorite is a bowl that was made by my sister (get a grip pottery). And the other was a gift card to a running store! I promptly spent it on socks! Yay!

My first place finisher bowl!

My first place finisher bowl!



My next race will be 70.3 Ironman World Championships!!

Do you have any races coming up?

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