Monday, June 8, 2009

My homemade medal (and race report!)

I ran a local 5K race this past Saturday and it was a great race!

I got there about 30 minutes before the my packet, put on my number, visited the bathroom and warmed up a bit. It was a very small race...I would guess only about 100 runners. It was held at the rail trail path where I normally run, which is perfectly FLAT!

The race started and I was a bit slow at the start because it was a narrow path and it was a bit crowded. I was quickly able to pick up my speed. My previous PR was 28:04 and my goal was to just break 28. I had planned on a pace of 8:45-9:00.

I was able to keep a great steady pace for the whole race, due to the flat course. At my last race I was with one woman most of the race, but passed her in the end. I saw this same woman at the starting line today and she came over and said "Hey there! What is our goal for today?" I love how friendly most runners are. She started a little ahead of me and was ahead most of the race. I caught up to her at about the 2.5 mile mark. She asked me how we were doing, I told her our time and pace, wished her luck and passed her.

At about 2.9 miles I could see the finish and was able to pick up my pace a little and finish strong. My time was 26:52!!!! I am just thrilled with this! I waited for my racing friend to finish, gave her a high five and we discussed what races we were doing next.

I had to leave right away so that I could grab a cake and bouquet for my daughter's dance recital and be home for my hubby to go for a ride.

A few days before the race my hubby had bought MissyMiss a yellow "Live Strong" bracelet. It was way too big, so she gave it to me and we decided it would be my lucky bracelet for racing. Once I got to the car I called home to tell her how well I had done and she was sure it must have been the bracelet.

When I got home I was greeted by my kiddies at the door, who had made me "medals" out of pipe cleaners and construction paper...I will treasure them forever.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your race and beating your goal time by over a minute. You look great and your kiddies are adorable!

spirit_in_me said...

What a great race!! Love the pics of you and the kids, you look fantastic.

Heather said...

Awesome job on the race - that's a huge PR for a 5K! Love the homemade medal, so sweet. :)

Laura said...

Great job! I am sure this is so exciting for you! How sweet are those homemade medals, just love it!!

Laura :)

Dustie said...

Great job - fabulous time! Looks like you enjoyed yourself - gotta love races that leave us feeling like a champ. I love the homemade medals - what a cute idea!

Mabry's gamma said...


Those medals your kids did are priceless, how cute. That is so cool that you have made a running buddy at these races. Does she blog too?


EricaH said...

Congratulations on beating your time. Great race report and pretty snazzy looking medal. :)

Anonymous said...

Great race report Sarah! The pictures and the 'medals' are precious!

I Run for Fun said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the race and your PR! Your kids are so cute. That is one precious medal.

Running through Life said...

So, so SWEET about the medals! Those are keepers, for sure. They must be so proud you!

You look amazing, by the way! Not many people can look good in running tights. You go girl!

Congratulations on your race! That's fast! Maybe I should get a lucky bracelet, too. ;D

chris mcpeake said...

Great job, congrats on smashing your PB. I love it when a race is on a route I usually run

Amber said...

Hey Sarah! It's been awhile, but I wanted to say "hello!" I love the pic of you and your kids - it's such a happy picture!

greentigress said...

Congratulations on your race time!!! Great pics of you and your kids!!! Keep beating those times and you will be near the front!

WendyBird said...

Great job! The weight you have lost really shows, you look great! It even shows on your face, your cheekbones show more and you look 5 years younger. Ain't running grand!!

Sherri said...

that's a great time!! congrats! good for you. And isn't that the sweetest thing, your kiddos making you a medal. Something you will cherish more than any other medal, I would imagine.

joyRuN said...

CONGRATS!!! Awesome PR, with fantastic medals to show for it :)

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