Runner’s World Recap Part Three- 5K and 10K Recap

 

Finally, right?

It’s about time we talked racing.

I’m going to recap the first two races since they were on the same day. The epic half marathon that was the very next day needs a post all on it’s own.

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Here we go.

 

Saturday started with an early wake up call and my usual pre race hotel routine with coffee maker made oatmeal and instant coffee.

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I’m getting darn good at my hotel oatmeal skills.

In the cup- oats, chia, PB2, GNC vanilla egg protein powder, Stevia and cinnamon.

 

I had a fun Oakley outfit to wear for the 5K from Amanda.

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I decided I was going to layer a bit and put on my new tank from Free Motion underneath so I could do a quick outfit change. I couldn’t wear the same outfit for two races in row. That’s just not right.

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Well look at that, I tried to get all pretty like my friend Skinny Runner. I seriously need some running and make up tips from her.

Since I missed the shuttle Friday morning, I didn’t want to take any chances the morning of the races. Luckily, Amanda let me hitch a ride to the start and get an extra hour of sleep. I owe her an hour of my life. Thanks Amanda.

It was fun riding with friends to the start which was a first for me. I’m usually begging my parents or STUFT Daddy to drop my off somewhere within at least a mile to the race start. Ha.

Our group even made it there with plenty of time to take a few pictures

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and use the nice bathrooms instead of port a potties. Gotta love that.

Oh and just in case I didn’t make it to the finish line later I had to take advantage of the chance to take a picture.

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When I was ready for the races to start

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I headed up to the 7:30 pace group.

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I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to feel or how I would run, so I just kept an open mind and told myself I was just going to have fun. I guess I’m always having fun in my Pro Compression socks and Mizuno Elixirs though.

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Oopsies. A little unfortunate for that lady stretching behind me. I’m going to take a wild guess though that she’s not one of the 11 people who read this blog. Ha ha.

 

I started out a little slow and thought I’d take a few pictures along the course.

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Yeah, that’s right. There was an aardvark running. There was no way I was going to run past an aardvark and not take a picture. The lady behind me looks jealous doesn’t she?

Before I knew it the race was over. I don’t know if I’ve actually ever raced a 5K before. It was fast.

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Not sure what’s up with my Steve Urkel stance.

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My official finish time was 22:33 which is a 7:15 pace. (I used this pace calculator on the Runner’s World website to figure that out.)

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I found Katherine pretty quickly. This girl is not only the nicest person ever, but she won second place for her age group. Yep, she’s awesome.

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After the 5K and a few pictures with my FitFluential buddies, it was time to take off a layer and get ready for the 10K.

I ditched two of my shirts, scarfed down a vanilla GU and a banana and then headed back to the 10K start. Oh how convenient, I found a new stranger to take another picture.

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Then I met up with Michele.

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You all should know this amazing mama ran the 10K and just had a baby 4 weeks ago. Yeah, she’s that awesome.

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We were off.

I only took two action shots during the 10K, although I wish I would’ve taken more.

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The course was a little hilly, but beautiful. At one corner there was even a police officer on a freaking horse directing traffic and runners. How cool is that? I thought about stopping for a picture, but just couldn’t do it. I definitely should’ve taken a picture of the horse though instead of this one.

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Yikes.

One thing I noticed was everyone on the race course being so friendly. Most of the racers would thank the police officers as they ran by. I’ve never heard anything like it. I wish every race was that friendly.

 

Well, before I knew it the 10K was over too.

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My pace was about a 7:10 mile.

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Again with the Steve Urkel thing. Weird.

Katherine, Michele and I all met up pretty quickly at the finish.

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I was super excited they were handing out bananas at the finish line. I’d been in search for one since I’d been in Bethlehem. It’s one of the few things I always want to have on hand before a race. I took a couple extras just to be sure I had the perfect one for the half marathon Sunday.

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I was pretty proud to be rocking a sparkly BIC Bands pink headband too. I usually race with my Halo hat, but I was trying to impress all my new friends.

I big shout out to Katherine’s boyfriend, Tappan, for not only taking a million pictures for us, but also holding my new Mizuno shirt for me the entire time I was out on the course.

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What a guy.

He even took a few more pictures of me fussing with my medal

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and one last one of me posing for the umpteenth time

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before handing over my shirt.

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Oh and a special thank you to Tina too (on the left) for holding my wallet while I raced. Dang I’m high maintenance.

Look at all these FitFluential racing gals.

The Mizuno shirt is one that was in the special package they sent to the hotel. Um, yeah, I love Mizuno THAT much and the Mizuno people are THAT awesome.

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I love the long sleeve top. In case you didn’t know that Mizuno also has really cute clothes in addition to the best running shoes ever, well, they do.

Check it out.

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Mizuno Breathe Thermo Running Crew

Mizuno Women’s Wildwood Running Tights

Such a cute outfit.

I’m really not happy that this happened to my shirt the first time wearing it though.

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That just chaps my hide.

After the race we talked the hotel shuttle driver to take us on a quick trip to Panera.

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I had to explain to the coffee guy how to make a proper Americano with a little soy milk. I guess people don’t order those in Bethlehem very often.

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It passed the test though. So did my turkey sandwich and BBQ chicken salad.

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I fell back in love with Panera on this trip. I don’t go there that often, but I might be making it more of a frequent thing.

I wish having lunch with these ladies was more of a frequent thing too, but that’s just not possible since we all live so far away from each other.

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(from left: me, Lindsey, Tina, Jill, Larissa)

And….

that’ s wrap on the first two races.

More to come on my favorite race!!!!

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Comments

  1. 1
    lindsay says:

    you all are are all awesome, and gorgeous, and fun, and fabulous. and i’m sure the race was extra nice because of that. plus the banana abundance helps! i would have done the same.

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    Girl, you just amaze me. How on earth you do it…I have no clue. Speed demon and energizer bunny at the same time!

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    Emily Butler says:

    Haha the lady bending over stretching! I’m pretty impressed with Michele just had a baby 4 week ago and is running, crazzzzy. I’m so sad I couldn’t sneak out of town to come, looks like you had such a fun time!

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    SkinnyRunner says:

    dang mama, looking good! and running supa fast!

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    Kathy says:

    I am totally thinking Mizuno has a new shirt already in the mail for ya after seeing that photo….can I have your old one when you get the new one then? hahhaha!

    So you said your friend won second for her age group….were you guys in the same group? Did you get first then? Just curious what her time was? Oh and yes, I think SR would be proud of your beauuuutifying skills. ;-)

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    Liz Anglin says:

    It looks like such a fun trip! AND Mizunos are the best shoes! I didn’t know that made adorable running clothes too. Can’t wait to read about your awesome 1/2!

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    The lady stretching behind you should be dang proud of that behind. hahaha!

  8. 8

    It looks like such a fun weekend! You are inspiring! How do you do it all?

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    Miz says:

    IM WITH MELISSA :-)

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    Bahahaa! I can’t get past the unfortunate shot of that lady. Hahahhaa!

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    I love you, friend.

    Do you know what is unbelievable? The fact that you ran the 10k faster than the 5k. And the half marathon fastest of all. Insane.

    PS. Love all the pictures. I get my iPhone today…hoping to start taking more so I can be like you =) xoxo

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    I think you’re a badass…that is all.

  13. 13

    Those are cute clothes from Mizuno. You always get the best pictures, lol.

  14. 14

    You ran the 10K at a faster pace than the 5K? You really are a long-distance runner my friend! :) A FAST long-distance runner, of course. Love your cute running outfits!!

  15. 15

    You are a speed demon woman! :) Great job! Your outfit is so cute!

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    One of my favorite running skirts is Mizuno. Love the shoes and the clothes!

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    Laura says:

    So many of my favorite bloggers in one place! So fun. Awesome paces on your “easy” runs! I already know the final (amazing) time of your half but can’t wait for all the details!!

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    Laura says:

    Forgot to say I am cracking up about the soy americano story… I grew up not far from there (Lancaster)… I think you’re exactly right that people probably don’t order those very often. :)

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    Lena says:

    These races (and the whole weekend for that matter) sounded like so much fun! I can’t wait to read your next recap!

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    elizabeth says:

    this makes me wish i would’ve done all 3 events-but i know i was smart to only do the 1. you killed it. and now, i think i will try this PB2 (where have i been!?!?!) and vanilla protein in my oatmeal. congrats on your fabulous races. I think your next one should be in atlanta. I know this great place you can stay.

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    Leigh S. says:

    Wow … just wow, Kristin. I can’t imagine rockin’ a 5K and 10K on the same day (with the awesome times you had), then turning around for a speedy half-marathon the next day. Thanks for sharing your stories about the RW festival, because I can live vicariously (and run, too!) through them. Many congratulations, again!

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    Donna says:

    Oh my god – you are just so cute & awesome! Sorry for the gushing but I want be like you when I grow up!

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    Suzanne says:

    Very delayed response but I definitely hear a lot of people thank police officers and others who direct traffic during our races. Maybe it’s a Northeast thing? I’m sure you’ll bring it to the West Coast though Mama!

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