Wednesday, March 16, 2011

breaking 23. st. patty's day 5k.

I never thought I would be able to break a 23 minute 5k. My ultimate 5k goal was about a 23:30, which I attained in December of 2010. However, throw my new running nemesis (please note it used to be fanny pack) into the picture and ultimate goals change. Especially when your running nemesis is a boy. Are you with me here ladies?

I won't give AP credit for pushing me (because that would be too nice of me, and nemesis'... nemesi... nemesises.... ?? don't roll that way), I'll just say I broke the 23 minute 5k barrier. And for me that was a huge deal. The sweet taste of PR was only slightly tainted by the fact that after weeks of trash talk (i give him full credit for running a great race), my nemesis beat me. We live to race another day. Next time a 10k. Where my endurance will put his speed to crying shame. Do you hear that AP? You will shed man tears. After losing to a girl.

This was the second year for the St. Patty's Day race and there were a lot of friendly familiar faces. However, I made the mistake of waiting until race morning to regi, and sadly they ran out of bibs and chips. So thanks to my stellar procrastination, I couldn't get chip timed. But no complaints, I was just happy I could still run the race (for free no less). Because I wasn't chipped my time isn't official, but no love lost. It was all in good fun. Again, I was overjoyed that I simply made it into the 22's. Even if just barely. Even if unofficial. At least I know I have it in me!

Here is all I have for stats:
Time = 22:58

So maybe it counts, maybe it doesn't. I'll claim it as my unofficial PR to be fair and aim to make that official (minus a few seconds...smiley face) later this year.

*AP made some high class regalia for himself to wear, saying that it would be what i'd be looking at the entire race. he was right, i kept him in my sights the entire time. to clarify, i am BR. i am 0. my strategy was that i expected him to bomb at mile 2.5. um, that didn't pay off. because it didn't happen.*


*post race with the brain trust. shelley gets mad props, she always dresses up for 5ks! the rest of us never do. but we have plans. the group WILL dress up next time and it. will. be. spectacular. group theme! milo, of course, needed in on the picture action, that's my boy!*


10 comments:

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

Congrats on the PR!!! I'd still count it, considering if you were chip timed, your official time probably would have been a few seconds faster (unless you started at the very front of the race).

Marlene said...

Oh NOOO, no official time for your first sub-23! You're just going to have to do it again. But CONRGATS nonetheless! Freaking awesome!!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Congrats on the PR, bandit (if you even ran in the race). Do it for real next time! Glad you're improving, even if not on paper! OK, enough of my crap, your post had me smiling. Get that AP in the longer races!

lindsay said...

Umm this is legit to me! Some of my PRs are from smaller races that didn't use chips...

CONGRATS!!

Irish Cream said...

My vote is that it totally counts! OMG, I cannot believe how speedy you have gotten! You are amazing.

P.S. I promise never to disappear on you again. I've missed you!!

Indi said...

Zoom, zoom...watch out!! Hmm..wonder if I can be close enough to even catch some tail wind...yeah, unlikely!

Irene said...

Hey, it counts as a PR in my mind! You can only get faster from here on out. Right?

TiredMamaRunning said...

I'd count it. Great job!

rUntoNamAste said...

Ha, love the fun rivalry. Congrats on your very official PR :)

Laura said...

I agree with Marlene - from now on, we're all expecting you to just do it again. Congrats - you can do it!