If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, you know that this race is close to my heart.
Last year I got to know Capt. Cash's mother, Nancy after running this race; then I did The Run for the Fallen in Capt. Cash's honor.
This was such a fun race last year! It was Lola's first race, I snagged a 3rd place AG finish and had an amazing day all around. The Run for Cash 5k is one race I will each and every year until I cannot run anymore.
This year clouds and rain did not damper the spirits of the race or it's participants. I was happy to see such a big turnout despite roar of thunder and lots of rain.
Lola participated in the Kid's Fun Run. Last year it was a 50 yard dash for the kids. This year?? It was an entire lap around the track--A quarter mile!! And Lola did it with a smile in the pouring rain.
|Ready to run! (the tee was too big for Lola!!)|
|She's ready to SPRINT!|
|Yeah-she totally chicked those boys by A LOT!!|
That was all my little girl needed to hear MEDAL
She SPRINTED the rest of the way and was SO PROUD of her medal!!
|Gotta show off the bling to Marc!|
|Showing Jim her medal|
It was time for me to warm up and get ready to run. I had some reasonable time expectations for myself on this race-modest expectations since I have not really done much speed work since a majority of my training has been volume focused around the Timberman 70.3!
I met up with my Dailymile friends, triathlon friends and ran around the venue a bit to warm up then it was show time!
|BANG! and they are off!|
|The Leaders heading up the first climb of the course|
The first mile of this race is a slight downhill to the ocean and then a sharp left. Felt great
Mile One split: 6:36
Then the course takes another sharp left and up you go through the main strip, a gradual climb. Things level out for a bit and then you hit the turn-around. This is when you start seeing the leaders heading back to the finish line! I love that!! Still feeling strong!
Mile Two Split: 7:37
After the turn you take a different way back though town, essentially all up hill climbs. Short climbs but continual. Hill, level out for a bit. Another hill, level, another hill. Then it is one final climb and take a right onto the finish. Felt good on all the climbs and glad to see my pace held.
Mile Three Split: 7:37 (hmmm-consistence!)
and then the final 1/10th split: 0:51 for a 6:41 pace
|Post race with Jim|
|Happy Jen after snagging 2nd in AG|
Official Race Time: 22:42
2nd place in Age Group
15th Overall Female
This is a new 5k PR for me and I beat my expected race finish time by over a minute!! So I am very pleased with how well this race went and I am hoping to bust this PR at next months Ocean Park 5k which is flat and fast!! I do have a specific number in mind but keeping that to myself for now!
Funny story-there is a local elite runner, Christine Snow-Reaser, who seems to be my good luck charm. Last year at the Kennebunk Beach 5k I attempted to keep pace with her the first mile in the pouring rain. This year, I was with her for a bit again in the pouring rain.
Each time I run with her in the rain, I set a new PR.
Of course, I had to tell her this after the race!!
|Christine Snow-Reaser and me|
I also want to congratulate my friends Marc, Jen R. and Kate who all set new 5k PR's themselves on that day!!
|Jen R is all smiles! She later ran the Warrior Dash-so badass!!|
|Marc's PR Finish! I even got his official race time on "film"! wooohooo|
|Kate's AWESOME FINISH!!|
|The Dailymile Crew! Me, Kate and Jim|
The winner? Karien with a guess of 22:40-You were only 2 seconds off! Great guess!