Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chick-fil-A 5K Race Recap and Giveaway

I am so excited to say that I finished my FIRST 5K!
I was really impressed with how well put together this event was! Flat-Out Events did an awesome job with everything! I definitely look forward to participating in some of their events in the future!

When we pulled into the parking lot, there were about a dozen Chick-fil-A cows dancing around the DJ booth…hilarious! The girls loved them!
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The girls played on some of the inflatable toys before the races started…
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Then it was time for the “Running of the Cows” Fun Run…
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The kids raced the cows (although I am not sure that the cows ran the whole time…I didn’t really notice).
Kylea planned on running the fun run by herself. This was her first fun run so it surprised me that she didn’t seem to be nervous about it! She told me that she was going to beat all of the cows and run raster than all of the other kids! She lined up with all of the other kids…and then she got nervous!
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I felt so bad and really wanted her to have fun ( it was a fun run after all!)so I ran and gave the camera to Steve (he was waiting at the finish) and joined her for the race!

Once the race started, she had so much fun. She weaved in and out of the other kids and never stopped! About halfway through the race, I think she figured out that there were some pretty fast kids out front. She said, “It’s OK if we don’t win because we all get a medal at the end!” LOL!

When the finish line area came into view, she took off! She kept saying “Don’t stop running mommy…keep going!” I was staying behind her the whole time letting her lead the way so she told Steve that she was definitely a faster runner than me (and she’s probably right…ha!).
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I’m so glad that she ended up having fun…she was so proud of herself!
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Now that I was done with my 1/2 mile “warm up run”, it was time for the 5K. I started myself in corral 2 for runners with a pace between 9 and 11 minute miles and hoping to finish between 28:00 and 33:00.
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I didn’t want to start off too quickly so I was trying to watch my pace closely in the first mile and hoping to do some negative splits. Remember, my big goal was to finish under 30 minutes. My fastest time in training was just over 33 minutes. I tried to pace myself with the people around me, but every time I looked at my watch I was going slower than I had planned. At mile 1, I was only 15-20 seconds over what I wanted to be so I was hoping I would be able to make up for it in the next 2 miles.

I kept running…even through the first water stop (note to self: work on coordination of drinking water from a cup while running…at least spilling a little water on myself helped me to cool off a little…ha!). I drank it quickly so that I would be able to throw it in the trash can instead of throw it on the ground (what can I say…I was taught not to litter! Ha!)
I made it halfway through the first hill…
Wait….what?!?! Hills?? Yep….I’ve never run hills. The route I ran in training was completely FLAT!! Ugh…
Those of you who are experienced runners are probably laughing out loud at me right now for complaining about what I’m sure are not considered “hills” to you, but they might as well have been Mount Everest to me! The turn around was right at the top of the hill so I just tried to focus on the fact that I would soon be going down the hill!

It was a really pretty run…we crossed over Lion’s Bridge and had a great view of the bay…
The second water stop was at the bottom of the hill. It was so warm at this point! There was no shade while we were crossing over Lion’s Bridge so I was looking forward to some water. I was so excited when the girl at the water stop handed me a pretty full cup of water (remember…inexperienced runner here). I decided to walk this time through the water stop, but I was still drinking the water pretty quickly. I decided to skip the trash can and keep drinking the water a little longer and then I had to…gasp…throw my cup on the ground after I finished it. Ha!

The water stop was also at mile 2 and I realized there was no way I was going to make up my time and be able to finish under 30 minutes…especially since I knew it was uphill to the finish. I set a new goal to finish under 35 minutes. Then I ran/walked with a side cramp for about a quarter mile…guess I shouldn’t have gulped that big cup of water, huh?

I was hitting my miles according to my watch a few feet before I actually passed the mile markers so I wanted to see what my time was at the 5K mark according to my watch. I looked down just as I made the final turn for the finish line and it said …3.1 miles; 35:00:00….I’ll take it!
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Official finish time by the chip was 35:23.70.
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Overall, I am pretty happy with my! The car thermometer said it was 81 degrees outside when we got in the car after the race…with 85% humidity…ugh! I’m pretty sure that is the warmest temperature that I have run in (and did I mention the hills? LOL!). I’m pretty sure I would have given up on running a long time ago if I still lived in Arizona! I don’t know how those of you from Arizona do it!

So…I started the Couch-to-5K program on March 22nd and finished my first 5K 2 months later. I have nothing but good things to say about this program. I never thought that I would be able to finish a 5K…and enjoy running! I’m already looking forward to my next race (I’m still trying to decide which one it will be though).

Now for the giveaway (that’s why most of you are still reading, right?)…

In celebration of my first 5K finish, I am going to give away something that has become part of my running gear..and that I actually used during my 5K…Yurbuds Ironman Series Performance Raising Earphones.
These earbuds are the best! Originally, I was using the original earbuds that came with my ipod…they were so uncomfortable and I spent most of my run readjusting them in my ear. The hard plastic would just dig into my ear!

I used my husband’s earbuds a couple of times. They were better than the ipod earbuds, but I still spent a lot of time adjusting them…especially toward the end of my run when my ears started getting sweaty (I know…ewww!)

I’ll be honest…when I first tried the Yurbuds on, they felt like they were going to fall out, but then I would feel them with my hand and realize that they were still securely in my ear. It just took a few minutes to get used to how they felt in my ear. I never had to adjust them at all while I was running! The sound quality is fabulous and the soft plastic didn’t dig into my ear at all!

Yurbuds Ironman Series Earbuds:
  • Yurbuds Twist Lock into place for a secure fit that never falls out even under the most intense workout conditions.
  • Yurbuds are ergonomically designed to avoid nerve rich areas of the ear.
  • Clinically proven acoustics for deeper, richer sound.
  • Sweat-resistant!
One person will win their own pair of Yurbuds Ironman Series earbuds! The box includes red Yurbuds Ironmand Series earbuds with both light and intense style earbud covers and a nylon zippered pouch to carry them in!

This giveaway will end on Friday, June 10, 2011 at midnight ET. I have 4 ways for you to enter. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you in case you are the winner. This giveaway is open to US Residents only. Leave a separate comment for each entry!

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