This weekend was a Double 5k
Okay, I can stop the double's.
I did not intend to make this a double race weekend. But, I found out about another 5K (for Sunday) late on Saturday.
First Race: Las Vegas 5K
I really great event. Ryno Running puts on this event. I love them because they give you a choice of swag. A hat, bag or a pilsner glass. YAY for no shirts! I chose the Pilsner Glass and Bottle Opener. I don't drink beer (not a fan of the taste) so I will use it for other beverages, or to just keep on my Awards Shelf.
I was pretty excited about this race, for lots of reasons - but mainly, because I was just going to have fun, see friends and run by the Vegas Sign. I bought a new outfit the day before - I went in the Purple direction (picture later)
The Start Time was 8:30am, and by 7:45 I was already dripping sweat down my backside. This was my one and only complaint about this race - the Start Time. Being this was all on asphalt, it was actually hotter. This should of started at 7am. I know many other racers were too hoot, also. But...we move on
I start off the first half feeling REALLY good. Not pushing and feeling really good at a 8:05 pace through it all. My 1 mile split was 8:06. Turn around was at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. Those who wished to have their pictures taken at the sign could do so (I should of done that)
As I came up on 1.8 - I was PIERCED with side stitches. I think I was in more shock than pain, at the first. I have not had side stiches since last Fall, not even in training. I was not at a blistering fast pace, I had not even gotten into my sprint yet.
By Mile 2, the pain was THAT bad, I had to stop for a few seconds and try to stretch out, etc. It didn't work. Argh!
And again at 2.5. Double Argh!
As we were heading into Mile 3 I saw friend, coaching client - Lovelace Domingo. I could tell by the way she was running, she was STRUGGLING. I know her body language well. I came up beside her and tried to get her going. The look she gave me was priceless! LOL
I kept going. Shin puncture wound started throbbing so I limped for a few steps and then ran it in. I was glad to see Lovelace run past me (that is always my challenge to her, "beat me, come on now - don't let this 50 year beat you!")
I ran one of the worst 5K (in times that I have done in a year) but I NEVER set out to run this race for a PR. It was my fun run (hence, why I should of stopped to get my picture taken. Silly me!). I was 4th in my Age Group.
The heat was too much, even for a 5K. For me, I can't race in the heat - so I won't be doing any late start races anytime, soon.
Met up with more friends and chatted. It was good to catch up with many. Here is a picture of me and Lovelace after the Finish. I am just so proud of her and her consistent efforts!
Second race - Mums on the Run 5K
The night before I found out about a 5K Mother's Day race in the north part of Vegas. I had to run it. I was organized by Elemental Running. Another great RD company in town.
Arrived at the race site (Bunker Park) - and although it was a 8am start, I was cooler, as I came prepared! I wore a Kool-Tie to wear around my neck. It made a difference!
It was still warm, but I didn't feel as bad. Even my punctured wound on my shin didn't hurt. No side stitches either! I finished only 25 seconds off my PR. I won a Vegan Dessert Cookbook (in a raffle) and a Pearl Necklace for the race. I finished 2nd Female Overall.
Book and Pearl Necklace -
Picture of me with the RD, Carmella -
The entire weekend was good. I enjoyed it & glad I did it. Loved my new outfit (can't wait for the rest of my new gear to arrive!) and being around lots of runners.
Summer has officially arrived in my body - so that means my Finish Times will drop dramatically. Oh well! I keep pressing on - no matter what because I know the dividends will be huge for me come Fall & Winter. I enjoy running - the PR's, Awards, Bling & etc are only perks to the fun I have, but not the reason I run.
Hope Everyone has a great Mother's Day!
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011-12
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Running Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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