Race Recap: 5K Chili Challenge, Ithaca NY 11/2/14

It was another bitter and brutally cold day for this year’s 5K Chili Challenge (last year’s weather was just as bad).  It took a lot of effort for me to make it out of bed and brave the elements, but I sucked it up and made it happen.
463633_846711335362788_1076732083611111049_oI had been fighting an upper respiratory infection during the week and my lungs had been feeling tight so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had only been able to put in 4 miles that week and missed out on my 17 mile run so I figured this would be something that would at the least help me maintain some level of fitness.

Another motivator to get me out was that my two biggest fans came along to support me!  Craig and Connor braved the cold with me until the race started , but they later took refuge in the car while I ran.

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It was cold!  The wind was tough, but I dressed for the part.  I really loved the course for this 5K because it was a change of pace from mundane road races.  Trail running has become a new love of mine!  I often prefer it over other options and love that it provides a different level of challenge.

 

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In the first half of the race (the uphill portion) I was sure to take it easy.  This is where knowing the course really helped!  I was glad to reach the turn around point because I knew I could pick up the pace and improve my time during the slight downhill.  I even managed to pass a few groups of people!  This is something that never happens for me!

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I am a comfortable middle of the pack runner and usually end up on my own during the race, but it was nice to knowingly pass people and keep them at my tail.  I paced my fast mile in mile two and kept a strong and steady pace for mile three.

Like a perfect midpack runner, I finished off in 32:59 and placed 112/224 beating last year’s time by a hair.

 

 

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Race Recap: 5K Chili Challenge 11/3/13

It was a cold and blustery morning for the 5K Chill Challenge at Taughannock Falls State Park.  Despite the snow and sleet falling from the skies, I stayed fairly warm throughout the race.  I don’t know if it was the promise of hot chili at the end, but the cold didn’t bother me as much as I anticipated.

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I went to the race solo, leaving my biggest cheerleaders at home was hard, but it was too cold to keep my guys waiting for me to double the course.  Yes, I said double the course!

The day prior I had attempted to put in my 6 mile training run, but 1 mile in (with my son in the jogging stroller) it began to downpour.  I ended up cutting the run short and waited long enough for the rain to slow before I booked it back home.  That night I made the last-minute decision to sign up for the race and figured I could easily tack on the extra 3 miles.

nearing the finish
nearing the finish

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Because I was planning on doubling the course I was careful to pace myself at my 6 mile pace and did a reasonable job at doing so.  The course was mostly flat, but there were a few inclines at the 3/4 mile mark.  My splits were fairly reasonable and actually better than they had been for my last 6 mile run. Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.44.30 AM

Mile 4 was tough, but I pushed through and picked it up as I came back down.  It was fun to double back on the course and see the remaining runners/walkers on their way in.  It really reminded me of how far I’ve come and that it doesn’t matter how slow you are going.  If you’re trying and doing, you are accomplishing something and that’s all that matters.

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