Wild Workout Wednesday: Miles for Meal 5k Race Recap


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Miles for Meals 5k Race Recap

This past Saturday I participated in the 2nd annual Miles for Meals 5k in Liverpool, NY.  I also took part in it last year and while last year I had a fun experience, this year takes the cake or should I say the prize, for sure! 

Unlike last year which was really hot and sunny (and also held at a location down the road), this year it was hot and muggy.  Like, 100% humidity kind of muggy.  

Miles for Meals Race Recap

As soon as I woke up in the morning I checked the weather (again) only to confirm that yup, it was still going to be hot and muggy with a good chance of rain. Despite the mugginess, I was hoping to put my PR to the test since I have a record of setting a lot of my 5k personal records on this particular course.  Other than a small little bridge, it is pretty flat and I had high hopes that I might beat my 22:38 PR. 

Right before I left my house I even told my daughter that if I came back with an award or medal that it was all hers.  I know that sounds pretty cocky but honestly I knew it would be a small race so I was confident that I might place as long as I pushed myself.  

Since I didn’t pick my packet up the day before, I got to the race location at Long Branch a little early where they had race day registration and packet pick up available. 

Miles for Meals Race Recap

 After picking up my packet, I ran into the race organizer and got to chat with him for a bit about the race, the vendors he had there (I will get to that in a bit) and all that it takes to make a race happen.  Definitely a task that I am not sure I’d want to be responsible for!

Anyway, before parting he asked me if I “planned to take the gold”.  I chuckled when he said it then promptly asked him how he as split up awards.  He explained that due to the small size of the race (about 100ish runners), awards were split 0-35 male + female; top overall and top 3 finishers. 

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 As I looked around at the small race crowd, it suddenly became a lot larger.  Now the pool of competition went from maybe a handful of girls around my age to any juveniles or unassuming 35 + under speed demons. 

Miles for Meals 5k Race Recap

The small hope I had for placing seemed a lot more unlikely and I feared I would let my poor daughter down who was expecting a big shiny medal. 

After a few more minutes of browsing around that the vendors (seriously, they were awesome), it was time to line up and start what I hoped would be my speediest 5k to date.  I went right to the front of the group side by side with some of the fastest guys to run the local races and as soon as the air horn went off, I did too and put the pedal to the metal. 

Miles for Meal Race Recap

I literally sprinted (bad idea) without realizing it and was keeping up with the boys for the first hundred yards or so.  I actually recall looking down at my Garmin and seeing a 5:15 pace which more alarming than anything.  I attempted to slow my pace and when I did it changed to 6:30 and that felt like a light jog.  Still, I knew I couldn’t maintain that pace especially with the heat and humidity.

So, I slowed it down just a tad more and that is when my Garmin betrayed me….though I didn’t realize it at the time. 

Miles for Meal Race Recap

Unaware of my Garmin’s betrayal, I kept chugging along as fast as I could though my Garmin kept telling me that I was only going at an 8:30 pace at best, far slower than my fastest fast.

 As I ran I wondered, could it be because of the mugginess? Maybe because I still haven’t gotten over my cold? Why does this feel so hard if I am going so much slower than normal? 

Despite my slower than normal pace, I was still the only female leading the pack and as I hit the 2nd mile I thought maybe I still had a chance if I kept my pace up.  Soon, I went up the little hill over the bridge, straight down the road and as I approach the finished line I hear “Here is your 1st overall female finisher, Annmarie Licatese!”. 

Miles for Meals 5k Race Recap

Who? Me?! I was in disbelief.  Even though I knew I was, it was still shocking and exciting to hear.  

I glanced at the clock as I passed the finish line to see a time of 22:55, not a PR but WAY faster than I thought I was going.  Clearly, I ran the entire course (it was out and back) and after checking my Garmin I realized it had been LYING to me the entire time.  My pace was no where near the 8:30 it had been reporting rather, my overall pace was 7:23.  No wonder I felt like I was dying! 

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SO despite my Garmin’s betrayal and no PR, I not only placed 1st overall female but more importantly, I got my daughter her medal! 

Miles for Meals 5k

She literally could not have been happier to hear that I won her a medal! She exclaimed “GOOD JOB, MOM!” when I handed it to her which was really the sweetest reward of all! 

Miles for Meals Race Recap

Oh and back to the vendors, I mentioned that they were awesome and they really were.  First of all, I got so much awesome swag! Second, I got to network and make contact with both Green Planet Grocery, a local health foods store and Navita Naturals, a maker of superfoods! 

Look at all my goodies: 

Miles for Meals Swag

 So aside from a bunch of snack bars (that my kids already devoured), Green Planet also hooked me up with a bunch of Garden of Life Plant Protein, specifically from their Smooth line.  I already shouted my praise about the Smooth Coffee on Instagram and now I have a bunch of the Smooth Energy to try out! Score! 

Miles for Meals Navitas

I actually got a lot more goodies from Navitas (they were giving out SO many samples) but I ate them all! 😉 If my contact with them follows through then I might have an upcoming post with more information and possibly a giveaway, hooray!

Overall, I would say this race was a HUGE success! While it was quite small, it was really well organized and had a lot of great vendors there for those that are health conscious.  PLUS everything went to support the Food Bank of CNY, which is an amazing cause!  I will definitely be registering to run again next year and hope that they have an even better turnout….even if that means my competition pool gets bigger! 😉 #BringItOn! 

Has your GPS ever betrayed you during a race? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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49 Comments

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply May 13, 2015

wow! Congrats! That is awesome! I think it was hot and muggy Saturday everywhere! Not just here it seems! Small races are fun, I can occasionally place in the top 3 in my age group and it is a definite boost :) Your daughter looks great in her medal!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks so much!!! My daughter was over the moon, even if in the scheme of things it's not a big deal because it was a small race, it's a big deal to her and that's all that mattered to me! :)

Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow
Reply May 13, 2015

Love that you won!! And gave that medal to your daughter :) I hate when my HR monitor lies to me..it will get stuck at like 180 bpm which isn't right and it drives me nuts. Though I've tried to focus only on pace if I wear my monitor and not calories burned as I get stuck in the numbers game!
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Yeah, it was silly of me to be paying such close attention to it but I cant for the life of me figure out why it was wrong. I know the course wasn't short as other runners reported that they logged 3.13. Thinking it may have lost satellite or something due to the clouds/approaching storm!

Jenny
Reply May 13, 2015

Way to go, speedy! It was such a yucky weather weekend - you rock!

    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks, Jenny! :)

Michelle
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats again...so glad you got your daughter a medal! YES! My Garmin has betrayed me and it led to a 10k PR! It was a trail race and I must have lost satellites in the woods, I was pushing so hard, only to have my Garmin tell me otherwise. When I popped out of the woods, PR! Silly Garmins!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Phew, glad to here it probably wasn't just my operating error! Technology really can be finicky sometimes, guess I learned my lesson to trust my body over a watch! ;) Congrats on your PR- trail races look like a lot of fun, I am hoping to do one here in June!

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply May 13, 2015

Awesome Job!!! How come when my GSP messes up I always have the opposite problem mine says I'm FLYING and I'm really running super slow LOL! Again super job it was a pretty humid day too, I woke up early and almost came out for it but then got lazy and went to the gym. Are you doing the Ride and Run again?
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you!!! I have my GPS mess up that way too, usually if I change speeds to quickly, technology is annoying like that :/ I cannot do the Ride and Run, unfortunately :( It is the same day as my sister's wedding...I'm sure she'd be none to pleased if I snuck in a race beforehand, haha!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply May 13, 2015

WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO CONGRATS!
And that dumbledore meme is EVERYTHING
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you! And, yes it is ;)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats! Only running 8:30 pace would be a dream for me :) Your daughter looks very happy! thanks for the link up
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks! She was really happy :) Thanks so much for linking up!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply May 13, 2015

Yay!!!!!! Congratulations!!! Small race or not, you should be very proud!!!!!
I've def had my garmin play tricks on me before! Tricky little bugger!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you!!! :D They are tricky little buggers :P

Kimberly
Reply May 13, 2015

Way to go! that's so awesome. Congrats!
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you!!! :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats! That is awesome and very fast!
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks! :D

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats on your first place finish! My Garmin has played tricks on me in the humidity as well... Great job!
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you! And phew! Happy to hear that it's not just me with a finicky Garmin! :P

Kailey Ingerman
Reply May 13, 2015

way to go!!! So hard to do 5ks in muggy, warm weather! Love that you gave your little one your medal!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you, Kailey! :)

Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes
Reply May 13, 2015

Congratulations that is so awesome! My Garmin has never betrayed me (that I know of) but it sounds like yours worked out for the best. That picture of your daughter is too cute!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you! My daughter was really happy :)

Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
Reply May 13, 2015

Whoa, massive congrats to you for being first overall, that's amazing!!!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks so much, Ange! And thanks for linking up again this week :)

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply May 13, 2015

Wooo, congrats!!! That must have felt pretty amazing to be the first overall female finisher! I hope I'm speedy enough to do that one day :) and your daughter looks thrilled with her new medal. :)
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you- it did feel pretty good even though it was a small race! She is quite thrilled and keeps it on a special hook on my medal rack :P

Marcia
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats again Annmarie! What a thrill to be 1st overall! That is exactly how I ran my 10k PR. We'd run through a parking garage and that screwed with my Garmin but I didn't know it. When I finished well sub 8 minute miles, and saw 4X:XX on the clock when I finished, I insisted there was a timing mistake and almost did not accept the award. So crazy how Garmins mess with our head!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thanks so much, Marcia! It was quite a thrill! That is too crazy about your Garmin, guess you can't always trust technology!

Katie @ Fit Life by Katie
Reply May 13, 2015

I love races with a bunch of goodies! And yes sometimes its either been my gps OR the race and you just never know which is correct lol!
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 13, 2015

    Yeah, I know for a fact that the course was the correct length since the people behind me recorded 3.13. Must have just been a glitch with my Garmin!

Myra
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats!!! That's awesome :) And check out all those goodies!
I'm posting my race recap tomorrow for my first 10km. I use RunKeeper with my Mio and thought I had pressed start....well, I didn't get my update at 1km and was SO cranky it didn't start. I didn't want to stop and fiddle with it so I just kept on and checked my Mio every km or so and did the math in my head. Still frustrating though because I like getting the updates on all my stats right in my headphones. Ah well!!!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Yay, can't wait to read your recap!!! Crazy how technology gets all screwy. I forget to start mine all the time, happy you were able to use your Mio as a backup :)

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply May 13, 2015

Congrats on your huge win.
There is always one spot on the 5K series I run where my Garmin goes wonky so i just have to remember not to look at it for that half mile or I freak myself out.
And dear heavens your daughter is so cute.
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    Reply May 14, 2015

    Thank you!!! I have little experience with my Garmin (just got it for Christmas) so I had no idea that it was inaccurate! Crazy that yours does the same in certain spots on that one race. Guess I will trust my body vs a watch from now on! And yeah, my daughter is cute when she listens, haha! :)

Autumn
Reply May 14, 2015

Congratulations on your race! Your little girl is a super cutie!
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    Reply May 14, 2015

    Thanks, Autumn! :D

Venus @ The Venus Family
Reply May 14, 2015

Congratulation, really glad you won.

Debbie
Reply May 14, 2015

It is really awesome the way that your little girl gets involved. You are planting great seeds for her future fit life.
What kind of races for you prefer, Annmarie: 5k or longer ones?
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    Reply May 14, 2015

    Thanks! She loves hearing about the races- I'm hoping to get her into some kid races once she is a little older, she definitely has the energy for it :P And good question, I think I prefer longer races mostly because I can slow down my pace a bit :P

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply May 14, 2015

Wow! congrats!! That is amazing, and you are going to feel like you are running through mud when we run together this weekend :/
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    aelicatese
    Reply May 14, 2015

    Not. At. All. I am REALLY looking forward to our run, you have no idea!!! I'm so excited, can't wait to see you soon!!! :D

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply May 14, 2015

What a great mom!!! Giving away your medal - Super star!
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    Reply May 14, 2015

    Haha, I couldn't go back on my word! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply May 15, 2015

A run where it's not freezing cold?! Cheers to that! Hehe. Congrats on doing finishing!

    aelicatese
    Reply May 15, 2015

    Haha, exactly! Thank you! :)

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