Saturday, March 28, 2009

Raleigh Rocks 5K

Just got done from a long day, now we're heading out for some burgers and beers with friends - yay! Marty did the half marathon and I did the 5K at Raleigh Rocks, and then we put on a Powerstroke swim clinic at the Triangle Aquatic Center. Busy, busy!

Quick race report (it is afterall, just a 5K!). Race started a lot later than what I thought which was more annoying than anything. Mostly because I didn't know anybody and I started to get bored. My goal was for a sub 19, which I felt like I was capable of with my recent training. A couple of girls started off faster than me (like always, I just don't have the beginning speed), but I was able to catch up and pass them just after the mile. I was wearing my big, fancy Garmin watch, which was nice since the mile markers weren't out for the 5K (I think they were just for the half marathon which had a slightly different course?). I just happened to look at my watch right when I hit 2 miles and it was at 11:34 - SWEEEET! I should totally be around 18:30ish! The course was very turny and not hilly, but not super flat either. I felt strong, but still not fast, which I suppose is a good thing. I make the final turn and see the clock....and it's almost at 19 minutes?? F! What the heck happened? I didn't fall apart that much in the last mile! I crossed in 19:01 and look at my trusty monstronsity of a watch and see - 3.23 miles happened. Not 3.1. Dangit! It said I averaged 5:54 pace, I just wish the course had been more accurate. Ah well. The important thing is I'm feeling good and it's still early.

Here I am in a feeble effort to kick it in when I saw the clock. Grrr.





Marty ran with Kara and they did pretty good and would've gone faster if it weren't for Marty and his bowels ;)

9 comments:

Beth said...

Great racing Bri!! I hate it when races aren't accurate or...have missing/inaccurate mile markers. Either way - speedy fast! Congrats and hope you enjoyed those burgers!

Maijaleena said...

You still ran a fast pace and that's what rocks right :)? I don't like when courses aren't accurate either. Part of racing I guess, sigh...

Amie Krasnozon said...

Great race Bri!

Heather said...

PINK!! So girly of you!!

runningyankee said...

thank goodness for the trusy garmin! you ran a fantastic (and whoa- SPEEDY!) race :)

Cody's Tri Blog said...

Yea, I have the fancy Garmin watch as well. Your man Marty told me he would not take the first mile quicker than 7:15 but I was right behind him mile 1 and he was under 7 on the first mile. Never saw him again - nice job Marty! The garmin said I did 13.28 miles. However, maybe I just cannot run a straight line! It was fun! Got to keep it fun no matter what.
Nice Race Bri!

Jennifer Harrison said...

PINKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! oh yea, Bri! Nice race! Don't you hate when they are off? HA, still VERY fast, of course! Niceee!

Rebecca DeWire said...

Nice racing and cute outfit. How annoying about the course being long!!! I feel like this happens to me in the bike leg. I just don't understand why they are never short?

babyjogger said...

Hi. I worked Raleigh Rocks. What happened is the 5K mile markers were in red and stationed along the course at the correct positions. The first mile sign the 5K runners saw was actually the Half Marathon sign. It was about .3 short of the 5k mile. The 5K signs were in red and had "5k 1 Mile" etc. on them. Some of the 5K runners saw them and some didn't.

Sorry for the confusion and we will correct it next year by having Half Marathon on the other signs.

Thanks for running our race.