Wild Workout Wednesday: Miles for Meal 5k Race Recap
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”.
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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?
Anyone racing this weekend? Goal race? Just for fun?
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