Monday, May 24, 2010

Making Tracks for the Zoo 5K Race Recap

This past Sunday was the Making Tracks for the Zoo 5K. Both my friends Becki and Kris were going to be running it too! I couldn't wait to get back out there for a "fun" 5K. I told Beck that she was going to be my pacing coach, and our goal was to run 9 minute miles!

Me, Craig and Logan got out to the zoo around 7:15am. It was a gorgeous morning, and I knew that the heat would start rising soon. It was suppose to be around 92ish that day. Becki had picked up my race packet the day before, so I didn't have to worry about that. We made it to the starting area to wait for Beck and Kris.
They both got there around 7:40, and we got to take some pics with the kids. Ryan, Becki's husband had came with Libby, and Kris was going to be pushing Weston in the jogging stroller.

We had heard that this year they had changed up the course a little, and there was going to be some hills (yuck!...last year's was all flat) We said good bye to the guys and kiddos and headed to the starting area. Me and Beck stepped in behind the 9 minute mile sign...Kris had to head to the back, because she was pushing a stroller.
The gun went off, and we were off! We started at a really good pace! The first mile was pretty comfortable, and we clocked it at 8:50ish (under 9 minutes) The second mile is where the hills started...There were two pretty big hills that slowed us down, and later Beck said at one time we were doing around a 10 minute pace up the biggest hill. At the halfway point, they had a water station, so Beck grabbed some water, and we kept going. (I was carrying my handheld) By this time, the sun was beating down on us, and it was really humid! Fortunately this is where we started to see some of the downhills, which was GREAT, and we were hoping to make up some time as we went down.
As we approached mile 3, Beck started "Jillian Michaeling" me, and tell me that when we hit the 3 mile maker, we would book it the last .10 of a mile. She was telling me, you can do this...come on!!!
It was great motivation, and even greater motivation when a lady came up to us and told us that we could do this...she was pregnant, and we couldn't let a pregnant woman beat us:)
So, at the 3 mile marker, we started sprinting to the finish line! I saw Logan and Craig and smiled and waved!! My little cheerers!
I finished the 5K in 27 minutes 46 seconds, with at pace of 8:57. What a great run! I was sooo proud of myself, and glad that Beck was there to push me to the finish!
Kris came by a few minutes later, pushing Weston, and doing an awesome job!

Afterwards, we headed to get our free breakfast that they provided, and went to see the Hippos with the kids!
I had such a fun run, and it was nice to be able to get back out there and compete!

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Tricia said...

great job!

jamie @ sweatyhugs said...

Nice work! Love the photos!

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go on your run!! What an awesome time :)

Teamarcia said...

Great race! And you looked so beautiful running it! I'm loving the zebra print!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your run! What a great time!! :) Sounds like you girls had fun. And I always admire the ladies that push the strollers and run in races. But get a bit disgruntled when I get passed by one. ;) Good job to you and your friends!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

wow congrats!!! I have a 5K on Monday and I am absolutely terrible at running so I am very nervous! You did fabulous though! I wish I had your strength.


Anonymous said...

great job stephanie! u did amazingly.
great pix also! congrats :)

Jenn said...

Ooh! Congrats on the 5K. Super cute pics!! Your little guy is adorable!!

Running Diva Mom said...

Congrats on a great race! You look phenomenal BTW ... and tan. I'm so jealous! I feel flubby this week (with the taper) and just burn!! :-) Congrats on a nice rice -- love the photo with the jogging strollers! :-)

OrangeBlossom said...

Great job on the race! Kids are super cute.

Angela said...

I just stumbled onto your blog--love it! Make Tracks for the Zoo was my very first 5k ever last year, and just one year later, I'm also training for the chicago marathon. Good luck with your training..can't wait to follow your progress!