Saturday, January 8, 2011

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k Race Report

From Here

    I will admit I freaked myself out last night and this morning over this Virtual Race.  I was as or more nervous than I would be for a real race.  Why??  I set some lofty goals for myself.  

   I decided I would take this opportunity to try and run a fast 5k on the treadmill and I knew it would not be easy.   I have a tough time running  3 miles in 24 minutes on my treadmill, but i can do it with ease outside.  I don't know if it is the heat in the room, or my stride is different, I do love the treadmill though because I always feel like I kicked my own booty afterwards.

  My fear inducing goal was to  PR (not including HS/ College times) on the treadmill this morning.  I wanted to get 21:30 or below.  Part of me said "just set it to 8.7 (6:54) and don't stop"  and another part of me said "helll noo."  But it was in my head so I was going for it.

   One big difference, for me between, the road and the treadmill, is that you can slow down a little and then pick it up according to how you feel on the road, this is harder to do on the treddy.

   My biggest fear with going for this time wasn't not achieving the time, it was that I wouldn't be able to finish the whole 5k if I killed myself in the first 1 1/2 miles.

  Anyway on to the actual race:


      Geared Up!

The view from my treadmill
 (I didn't run with the bib on because for some reason I felt it would annoy me on the treadmill even though I never have a problem with them on the road?)  Ohh and I picked #1959 because that is my goal time for 2011!!

I warmed up for 5 mins at 3.0-6.0 pace and then it was on!!  I started at 8.5 (7:04) and kept it there for a mile.  I had added some new songs to my playlist and had it blasting :D  A little after mile one all hell broke loose (at least in my eyes).  I realized I was not going to be able to keep this consistent pace for 2 more miles on the treadmill and took a little 6.0 breather.  

   My difficulty was not that my legs were tired or that I was out of breath, It was just that gut busting feeling that I always get in races.  I am still learning to deal with it and power through.  Once I learn that yes, my stomach is going to feel like it's about to explode and tough you'll just have to get over, it's only about 15 min. that you have to suffer, I'll be on fire!!

   From mile 1.2 on, I varied the pace just trying to balance it out to a sub 22.  At times I went at 9.2-9.4 and I finished the last .2 in 9.4 as well.  I don't even remember what my 2 mile was I was just trying to get it done!

  Final Time:  21:55

I didn't beat my Turkey Trot time of 21:52, and obviously I didn't break 21:30, but for a treadmill 5k, I'LL TAKE IT :)

It wouldn't show me the time (or at least I couldn't figure out how to show it).

This was the best I could get

Some after pics:

Looking like I got beat up by my treadmill

Celebrating the fact that I'm finished!

 Victoria Secret Peace Pose

Some Race Tunes:
"Candle (Sick and Tired)" - White Tie Affair (Both the original and the Razor and Guido Radio Edit)
"Hell of A Life"-  Kanye West  (This song is a little hard and dirty, not recommended for everyone, but I have listened to it for everything thing the past few days stairs, spinning, push-ups and RACING!)

Thanks Adam for putting this together, can't wait to read everyone else's recaps :D


Detroit Runner said...

Wow. Fast time!!!! Great report!

ERG @ Elkton Runner said...

FABULOUS Race , Girl!!

MuncherCruncher said...

Good job girl!! So awesome. :) You're a speedy lil' devil.

Andrew Opala said...


Forward Foot Strides said...

Way to go! I'm enjoying everyone's recaps too.

Alex said...

Way to go!

JohnP said...

Sweeet! Great job!! Luv the outfit ;)

Julie said...

Holy Roadrunner! That was fast!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

WAHOOO!!! Girl that is crazy fast! I am with you about treadmill running compared to outside running....HUGE difference!! You are the and you look absolutely adorable!!! I am proud of you! Way to go and p.s. cpk is the best and so is dancing!

the dawn said...

i know exactly what you're saying about the treadmill...there's just something about it that makes it hard to maintain speed. i'm pretty sure its all in my head...but i can't run as fast on a 'mill as i can outside.

good work in facing that and still overcoming! you are crazy fast. congrats!!!

Melissa Cunningham said...

awesome time on the TM!!!!
great job!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Great time on the TM! I hate them too when trying to run superfast ... the numbers seem to tick by so sloooowwww!

Molly said...

you are so fast, I can only dreeeeam to be that fast! And I cracked up at your VS pose : )

Cynthia said...

Great job! It's a lot faster than I can go right now. I hate running on the treadmill. I get over heated really quick and just can't keep up the pace, but when I run outside I can go faster. But I have been do some runs on the treadmill regardless because of the weather and also cause I want it to train my body to go at a steady pace.

Dash said...

Congrats on your run!! Ha, I'm from Long Island too, LI Half Marathon and full are my favorites, although it's been years since I've run either! :) Good luck in May!

Laurie said...

I don't think I could ever run close to that fast on a treadmill... awesome job!

Adam said...

Sorry I'm just now commenting on this....

WAY TO GO!!! I honestly think that you had the fastest non virtual time out there. NICE WORK! I loved the bibs too.

Good luck on the sub 20 min! It is a tough barrier to break but totally worth it when you get there.