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Race Recap: Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K

Welp, my second 5K is officially in the books and I set a PR! (not too hard considering this was my 2nd ever 5K but I’ll take it!)

This morning started like any morning I head out for a run. Got up (just a tad earlier today than normal, 5:40 am, argh!) had a bowl of blueberry frosted mini wheats, threw on my running gear and gathered all of my necessary electronics…and Justin and I were out the door!

We arrived at the race with plenty of time to pick up our bibs, D-chip, race packet and t-shirt! It was such a beautiful morning and there were a lot of other fellow runners out enjoying the wondering running weather.

After we sucessfully pinned our bibs on, drank our last sips of water and secured our D-chip, it was time to get ready to line up at the Start.

Justin and I actually started together during this race, even though we had no intention of running the race together (he is wayyyyy faster than me)…but it was nice to line up together and cross the start at the same time! After tha national anthem was done, we were off! We started out sorta towards the middle of the pack, which was fine for me, who was planning to run around a 9:30mm but for Justin, it slowed him down…I could see him for far too long once we started running and I knew he was just bobbing and weaving in and out of people. From now on, he’ll start at the front where he belongs, but this race was all in good fun so it didn’t really matter either way.

Rounding the first corner of the race there was a band drumming away and many many spectators out in their driveways cheering us on! For it being 7am, I was suprised at the number of people who came out to support the race. The entire course (except for about the last 1/2 mile) was on the road, and honestly…I prefer it that way. I got off to a good start and my legs were feeling strong. At one point, I glanced down at my Garmin and I was running at an average pace of an 8:30mm. I about fell over…I was exccited but at the same time worried I would wear myself out and run out of steam during mile 3. I decided to not thing negatively and just keep on truckin…

That is my I refuse to slow down to take this picture face and a face that was realizing that my hair tie had just fallen OUT OF MY HAIR as I snapped that photo. Thank goodness I had a hat on, so my hair was kept out of my face. Note to self, never run another race without a spare hairtie around your wrist. Lesson learned, moving on.

My ipod was pumping and my legs were feeling great…I was breezing right along, mile 1 turned into 2, 2.5….and before I knew it I could hear the spectators and the band playing near the finish line.

I crossed over the famous Grasshopper Bridge (not pictured, I was just too in the zone to bust out the camera at this point)…

And, boom! I was done! I was way too enthused that I finished under 30 minutes when I crossed the finish line to remember to stop my Garmin right away so my Garmin time is a bit off my chip time, oh well, I’ll take it!

Final Time: 29:34
Average Pace: 9:31

My pace was right on target…I haven’t plugged the Garmin into the computer yet but I’m pretty sure mile 1 I averaged an 8:45 or 8:50 pace and sadly my splits were positive from there…oh well, something to work on for next time!

After I crossed the line and found Justin we headed over for some ice cold waters!

And of course there were lots of post-race goodies…bagels, bananas, granola bars. We grabbed a banana, a water and headed over to see our official chip times. There was even live entertainment to enjoy!

All in all a great race! Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K, I do believe we will be back next year!

Once we headed home we relaxed for a bit then headed out to one of our favorite local breakfast spots and had a quick bite to eat. I demolished some toast and a huge bowl of oatmeal, came home and promptly passed out on the couch. After waking we headed to the mall and did some light shopping. After about 2 hours of that we were both famished again, so we headed out for a midafternoon snack dinner and then came home. Ever since, we’ve been posted up on the couch. Justin’s been watching endless movies and I’ve been catching up on blogs and race recaps from today!

I’m still on the fence about signing up for the Iron Girl 10k in December, but since the next race I’m registered for isnt until November 6 (the Phoenix 10k) I defnintely see at least another 5K in my future before then!

Okay, I’m out! I need to chug some more water and rest up. I think I’m going to try and get a long(ish) run in tomorrow morning before we head out for some Lions football! G’nite!

Did you race this weekend? Or if not, is there a race recap from the weekend you want to shout out?


Race Recap: I Did A (Green) Run 5K

Hi everyone! I apologize for the delay in posting this race reacp. After the race this morning we had a very important football game to watch…and after that, well it was time for me to take a nap! ūüôā But enough of that, let’s start from the beginning!

The I Did A (Green) Run 5K – Phoenix, AZ

Our¬†alarm went off bright and early…around 5:30! Crazy how I could get myself out of bed for a race but can hardly drag my butt outta bed for work….hmmmm

I got up, got ready, had a quick bowl of cereal (that I scarfed down too fast to snap a picture of!) and we were out the door. (note my I just got out of bed face, tiiiiiired!)

Since we just decided to run this race, um yesterday! we had to get there a bit earlier than normal so we could register and pick up our race packet/bib/chip.

Registration was a breeze, as this race was pretty small…probabaly around 150-200 runners came out to run either the 5K, 10K or 1 mile fun run. Justin and I jogged around and continued to hydrate while we waited to line up! (he’s not really miserable, I promise…just hates his picture to be taken, especially in the morning!)

Then, it was time to line up! Since Justin runs quite a bit faster than I do, he started more towards the front of the pack than I did. For me, right near the middle was jusssst fine! We all got in place, shared a moment of silence for 9/11 (never forget) and boom! we were off!

The course started out pretty easy, across the soccer fields and into the mountains. The course was really well marked, so I felt confident that I wouldn’t take a wrong turn and end up on the 10K route instead. (eek!) I started out at a pretty steady pace…probably about 10 minute mile. (Note to self: Get a Garmin!!! I was dying to know what my actual pace was!)

Mile 1 was a breeze. In fact, all the way through mile 2 I was feeling great! I only walked/slowed down through the water station so I didn’t spill water all over myself! During mile 3, I started to get a bit winded. Turns out, running outside is a bit different than running on the tredmill, so I think that was starting to take it’s toll on me. The course wasn’t super hilly, but suprisingly, the weather was pretty cool (for Phoenix) this morning and along with that came a little breeze. Running (totally against) the wind, turns out will slow you down a bit. But I kept on trucking. I just kept telling myself that you’ve run a 5K before, you can easily do it now! Mind.Over.Matter. And before I knew it, I was looping back around towards the sports complex and I could see the finish line!

Since Justin is so much faster than me, he was already done (his 5K time: 21:50! ROCK.STAR!) so he was right near the finish line cheering me on as I ran through! My final time, 33:04. Not bad considering I know I slowed down quite a bit during mile 3 and had NO IDEA how fast I was running through the entire race!

All in all, it felt great to complete my first real road race! The weather was absolutley perfect for an outdoor run, the race was a perfect size for my first and I got to race (sort of!) with Justin. Success!

Came home, and refuled with some toast and nut butter/butter…(mmmm nut butter, this stuff is so good I could literally eat it out of the jar!)

I hopped in the shower and we were off to Justin’s uncles house for the first Sunday of football. Go Lions!! We relaxed, ate some pizza, chatted and watched the Lions win.

The rest of my day consisted of an epic nap, a quick run to the grocery store plus snacking, snacking and more snacking! Speaking of which, I’m totally craving a smoothie right now. (I think¬†I might be dehydrated?)¬†I might just have to make one of those before hitting the sheets. Here’s to another insanely busy work week!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!