Tuesday, May 22, 2012

run like a diva 5k

after a week in the bahamas and a short week of work, i dashed off for a long weekend in myrtle beach. (i know, my life is rough). i'm sure i've mentioned it 120 times before, but i love the beach. i must figure out how to get relocated to a beach town...


i was there with a few friends to celebrate a bachelorette weekend, and the bachelorette wanted us to plan her weekend around a race! she ultimately picked the run like a diva event in north myrtle beach, sc. the bride-to-be and one bridesmaid ran the half marathon while the other two of us ran the 5k. we booked a suite at the ocean drive beach and golf resort which was perfectly located right in front of the start and finish lines.

my regular runs have been so-so lately. i still feel slow and take walk breaks sometimes, so i wasn't really looking forward to this 5k. i mostly run 3 miles, but have done 4 or 5 a few times. i'm still only running about 4 days a week with an average pace of 10:13/mile (for may). i know i should be building back up a little more aggressively, but i've been slack.

half-marathon divas ready to run!

on race morning, emily and i discussed our survival strategy for the 5k. obviously i've been rebuilding and she hasn't ran in two+ months so our goal was to not take walk breaks. we lined up in the 10:00/mile corral and ran together for the first mile, which did not take 10:00. at the one mile marker i tapped into my former cross country mindset* and decided to push it a little in mile 2. i pulled away from em and passed a bunch of divas. i was surprised by the crowd support and hoped that the half-marathoners had a good turnout of spectators too. i've only been running easy lately so i had no idea what type of pace to expect from myself. mile two was under 9:00.

i was now in the third mile and a little tired, but not as bad as previous 5k's where i was (truly) racing. i turned a corner behind two other girls and quickly passed them; 5 blocks to go. i was gaining on a guy (there were a few who were brave enough to run this diva-licious event) and overtook him just past the tiara and boa station. honestly, i think he let me pass him since this was a women's event, but who knows. mile three took less than 8:00. i rounded the last corner and cruised into the finish (i didn't super sprint in like i normally do); emily finished shortly after me.

the clock time was 25:xx and there weren't many finishers standing around, so i checked the results. turns out emily and i both took 2nd in our respective age groups! not too shabby considering our current lack of training. it was a nice surprise and confidence booster - now i know i can handle more running and start adding back in some workouts.

race swag: tiara, boa, rose, and a medal from hot shirtless firemen
not pictured: champagne

note: i ran a 33:26 in my return 5k i did a month ago and a 25:13 in this 5k, so if i use jill's math i will be running 17:xx 5k by mid-june.

*coach always said to pick up the pace in mile 2 and hang on in mile 3 (or something like that).

40 comments:

  1. I'm sure the hot shirtless firemen had nothing to do with your faster finish.

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    1. wouldn't they inspire you to finish faster? ;)

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  2. Nice job Lindsay!! Ahh-Myrtle Beach....So jealous.

    I love Jill's math!! How encouraging:)

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  3. Great job Lindsay! Seriously chickie you rock! Love Myrtle! We used to go there with my softball team in college for spring break tournament!

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  4. Nice time. Better than anything I've put up for a 5K, minus one 12 years ago that I can't find official time for anyway, so it doesn't count.

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  5. Way to go :). My friends did the half marathon for this and really liked it. I hope maybe I can do it next year! So awesome that you did so well in a comeback 5K too.

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    1. it was a fun race (as long as you like pink haha). there were some fun groups of boyfriends/husbands cheering for their women so we decided we will have to do another diva run and bring the boys along! (it's a series so they have other locations too)

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  6. Sounds like a good confidence boosting run after so little training! Great job! Cute pics too! That is my kind of bachelorette weekend :)

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  7. Where is the pic of the hot, shirtless firemen!! I'm disappointed in you.
    Great job on your race, nothing like running each mile a minute faster than the one before.
    The first vacation I ever took with my husband was to North Myrtle. It was also my first time at Myrtle beach.

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  8. My math is never wrong! Well done, girl! I've been running for about 9 months now and just squeaked out a 25:xx 5k....I am jealous. Oh to be 20 something and rebound quick(er). Keep up the great work...I am so happy that things are progressing much better for you! :)
    xo

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  9. Great run, well done! That is fast! It is really great to read a report like this from you. You are progressing very well.

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  10. Impressive! The math sounds about right and if you mix in running the races at the beach, who knows what could happen! :)

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  11. Awesome!!! A 25:xx is great any day! Congrats on the AG. Keep up the great comeback!

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  12. You did awesome!! I'm a tad jealous :)

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  13. Ah, I like the way Jill's math works. That means I'll be running a sub 3:20 in a few months hahaha.

    Nice work on your 5K, it just goes to show that you have a LOT of running potential, look how you had all that energy saved up at the end woohoo! Talk about major negative splits.

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    1. jill's math is the best. surely we will both be running these times soon!

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  14. YAY LINDSAY!!!! Great job!! It sounds like lots of fun and I am sure you were happy with how you did. Congrats!!!! :)

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  15. Wow you did great! Congratulations!

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  16. beautiful.......pictures.
    Good for you on your return. I live on an island with water all around, I could not live without the sea view. Regards,

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  17. Welcome back Kotter! I'm thinking that 17:xx isn't far off.......

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  18. That's freaking awesome!! I am soooo happy for you!! Way to rock out a 5K and to finish in your AG - a double bonus!

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  19. i'm so proud! tear.

    you rock! congrats!

    p.s. i'm fairly close to many beaches. come to tampa.

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  20. how fun! that's awesome you got your time down in the 5k so quickly! you are amazeballs. also. i love that you are wearing all pink. because that is also amazeballs.

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  21. Hot damn my friend. I would say that is making a come back. Good for you and Em. Very impressive indeed. Happy for you.

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  22. Nice work! Sometimes it just takes a race to get the legs moving. :)

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  23. You are fast my friend. Fast. Just wait until you are at the top of your form. Yowzer!

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  24. AAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNND she's back. Hell yes.

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  25. Congratulations about your come back to races Lindsay, happy reading that new!!!

    Glad to see you again in shorts!!

    Great, taka care friend.

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  26. Congrats on your 5K....that's a sweet race report! I don't mind pink, but the thought of something called "boa" around my neck is never going to happen! ;)

    No beach here, but a beautiful view of Lake Michigan this October if interested.....hehe!

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  27. I guess you just can't help it... You are a runner... GREAT JOB!

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  28. Hi Strangerrrrr!

    Nice work on the 5K! So much for "ehhh I'll just try not to walk..."

    So jealous of all the beachy times!

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  29. Awesome job! Congratulations on a race well run! I hear you on the busy work weeks followed by busy weekends. They get you to a point where you don' really want to have any more fun! Don't you sometimes long to have a weekend where all you do is sleep?

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  30. Congrats Lindsay!!! you born to run!!! excellent chrono!!
    keep running!
    hugs
    Tania

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  31. A race sounds like the perfect bachelorette activity! To think we all sat around drinking margaritas...
    Just think only a couple more week until that 17:xx! Woot!

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  32. Don't call it a comeback ... so happy you had an ego-boosting race, and an incredible time with a like-minded friend! Congrats to you both, in many different ways!

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  33. NICE!!! Looks like such a fun race - too bad they couldn't find a better venue - ha ha - who wants to go to the beach?? (totally kidding) :)

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