Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k Recap.

Well I could tell this was going to be a good damn race when I went to put my shoes on.  You see it had rained poured the night before, I know I woke up at 4 in the morning and could hear it.  So when I was getting ready my thought process when I went to find my shoes was; “oh crap, they’re gonna be soaked.”  But when I went to find them where I left them, they weren’t there.  So I looked in our garage and there they were safe, sound, and dry.  My dad must’ve moved them for me sometime last night after I came back from my run.  Starting off with dry shoes when I thought they were going to be wet was definitely a good sign.  I then made my mom pose for a before the run photo, she kept complaining because we were going to be late, but I need my photos! 

And of course I had to take one of myself, I mean what else should I do, get ready?

  Plus this way, you get to see how cray cray I am in the morning before I really get any coffee in me or get moving.  As you can see I have the fantastic outfit on that I picked out the day before.  And just as an fyi, my grandma and brother said they used my straight up bright ass outfit to spot me during the start/finish so they could take pictures.  So it looks like my plan to be super seeable for optimal picture-takage was a success!

Moving right along.  For the race you have to line up according to your bib color.  My mom’s was purple and mine was light blue.  So when we got there I couldn’t find my start.  I kept looking around, until I realized….I was in the front!  And I mean in the front as in right behind the elite runners!  My first thought was along the lines of “Sara, why the **** are you in the front??!?! You aren’t this fast!” But then I started laughing because I decided they must’ve mixed me up with some other fast Sara.   And then I finally decided to just go with the flow and enjoy my front starting point, because hey at least this way I wouldn’t have to zig zag through people at the start.  Just to give an example of how close I was to the elite’s I’ll demonstrate with a picture.  Exhibit A.

<———– Ok so you have to follow the line of the arrow and along this line a smidge below it you can see a girl in a neon green shirt behind a girl in pink, next to a girl in orangey/yellow.  Yea, that’s me.  And then take a gander here  —-l        

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                       <————V  (fyi that was supposed to be a bendy arrow)

These women right there?  Yeah, those are the elite runners.  This was after the gun went off so they run like lightening.  But while we were at the start I could’ve literally tapped them on the shoulder and wished them luck.  That was just another way I knew it was going to be a good race; because I was at the front and was near the elites.  

The race wen pretty well, I mean my first mile felt fast, I think this mostly has to do with the fact that with all my long runs my body was a tad shocked at going so fast.  Anywho, I ran it in like 8:02ish?  The next mile I ran around that mile also, and the third mile I slowed down quite a bit, but I was ok with it.  The entire time I was like I don’t know how much more of this I can do.  But then my brain was like: “Sara, this is your shortest mile day of the past 2 weeks, shut up and stop being a wimp.” So I was like point well made brain.  And then kept running.

When I hit 2 miles in a little over 16 minutes I thought for the first time that I could possible hit a 24 minute 5k.  But alas, it was not to be at this race.  However, I was really happy with the time that I did get.  I was aiming to beat my previous 5k time of 26: 19 by maybe 30 seconds or so.  And I ended up beating it by over a minute.  My time for this race was 25:10.  So to really drive this race home I’m going to finish by photoboming the crap out of the rest of this post.

Here’s me crossing the finishing line.  Yes the time says 25:11, but that was the overall clock time from the gun, I had a chip on me that started when I crossed the first sensor.  Fyi, we are seeing all these lovely pictures because my grandma and brother Tim were watching/taking pictures of my Mom and I at the race.  Which was lovely if you ask me because I never have any during the run photos.  But I digress…

So moving along, what would race photos be without some close up race booty?  Yup that’s right, just walking off my slight hyperventilation and the fact that my legs are on fire.  NBD.

Once again moving along..  I thought what else should I put in here? Oh well, maybe some actual running photos would be nice, but I don’t know that’s just me.

Running down hills I start off kind of spazy when it comes to my arms flailing all over the place.  But eventually once I manage to control my momentum and remember to keep my form I don’t look so cray cray.

After I finished I waited for my mom at the finish. She finished in around 38 minutes, which might be one of her best times.  She was happy with it so that’s all that matters to me.  So once we found each other we were tasked with the problem of finding my Grandma and brother.  Luckily they were being super creepy with their cameras and so they spotted us before we spotted them.

This is my ‘um I have my water but where the hell are my free cookies?‘ face.  I personally really enjoy it, I think I’ll use it for every situation from here on out.

After we found everyone we headed back to the car to take an after race photo in our new swag shirts from this year’s race.

And in the process of taking this picture we almost got hit by a car trying to get out of the parking garage.  If that’s not winning I don’t know what is.  Can I get a thumbs up for winning?

Of course I can, it’s my blog. 😛

Anywho, the day was finally completed when I went home and tore into my box of free cookies.

The real reason I run this race. ->

So that was my Freihofer’s Race recap.  It’s the 3rd year I’ve run it and I seem to be improving every year.  It’s a great race for anyone who wants to try it…well… er… any woman who wants to try it.  It’s an all woman race. 

Now this week is all about Long Slow Miles and recovery for my marathon on Sunday.  I’ll keep everyone updated on the last week of training and the lovely goodies I just bought with my mommy!

That’s it for now, Until later TTFN.

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