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Race Recap: Uncle Marty’s Kilt Run 5K

18 Mar

I have been waiting to post the full recap of Saturday’s Kilt Run 5K because I was hoping to get a hold of my finish line photo to possibly maybe share with you if it turned out to be more awesome than awkward. Also, I have been very busy.

Saturday was off to kind of a rough start. A friend of mine was supposed to join me for the race but had to cancel last minute due to some unforeseen events. And since mostly everyone I knew was headed to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Mark was working (boo tax season), I was off to the race location on my own! Another bummer – I left my Garmin on its charger, so I was left with just my faulty internal pace clock.

Another friend of mine was nice enough to get up early to make me some pre-race pancakes before he headed off to the parade. When the race is later in the morning (11:45 AM), pancakes and home fries make an acceptable breakfast. At least, in my mind…

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Blueberry pancakes and home fries for pre-race fuel

I have to admit, going to a race totally solo is kind of weird and awkward. Luckily, I parked next to two super sweet ladies named Katie and Michelle who were more than willing to be my BFFs for the day. They helped me make the last minute decision to put my thermal tights under my mini-kilt (it was freezing) and took my pre-race photo.

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Kilted up and ready to go

Considering this was my first 5K since healing my foot injury, my main goal was to have fun. I wasn’t too concerned about time other than figuring I’d be around 25 minutes-ish based on previous 5Ks.

Fun fact: a man at the starting line asked me if I was a student at the local high school. He seemed genuinely shocked when I told him I was 28, married, and in a professional job. Thanks, I think?

Anyway.

I didn’t really know what to expect on the course, as there wasn’t really a course map or description. There also were no mile markers at all. Combined with the fact that I didn’t have my Garmin pace buddy, this race was all about wingin’ it. It turned out to be pretty hilly. I let out an audible “ewwww” when we turned a corner and faced a big fat steep hill.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a terrible self-pacer. Here’s solid proof. During the race, I could have sworn I was going slow, about 8:30 miles at least, maybe even 9:00. Sooooo wrong. So very wrong.

Because I actually managed a PR! My total time was 23:23, which meant an average pace of 7:32 min/mile. As soon as we turned the final corner and I glimpsed the time clock, I excitedly made a made dash to the finish line. I let out a little fist pump as I danced across the timing mat.

Here’s where the biggest bummer of not having anyone I knew at the race comes in. I was excited about my PR and there was no one there to see it or let me give them a big sweaty hug. The guy who removed the timing chip from my sneaker laces wasn’t really all that interested.

But as soon as my new friends Katie and Michelle finished up (they did a run/walk combo), we all shared hugs and cheers for each other. And a mug of Guinness. I don’t drink beer, so I shared mine and got to bring my cool mug home.

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Every St. Patty’s Day race should end with beer

After the race, there was a big party with fire circles, food, beer, music, games, and a costume contest. My new BFFs for the day were kind enough to let me hang out with them for a while. We also spotted this cute little dog wagging his tail around…

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Irish Wolfhound

As a small, newer event (this was the 2nd year) there is definitely room for improvement (such as clearer online registration, clearer directions, an actual course map, mile markers, cones to mark off the shoulder on busy streets, etc). Overall, I enjoyed the race and festivities and would consider running it again. If anything, I’d get some more use out of the mini-kilt!

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I kilt it! Get it?

16 Mar

Just wanted to make a quick post to share that I had a lot of fun at today’s Kilt Run 5K. I even hit a PR of 23:23 on a hilly course! A full race recap will be coming soon. Until then, here’s a pre-race snapshot.

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Thanks for all the good luck! I hope all you other St. Patty’s Day runners have (or will) enjoyed your races!

#RunChat Scavenger Hunt and Getting Kilted

15 Mar

The list of items and official rules for the 2013 #RunChat Scavenger Hunt were released yesterday and I’m very excited to be participating for the first time this year! The whole idea is to look for the items while out on a run, snap a photo, and upload it to Twitter to gain entries toward winning some awesome prizes. I got started with my first item today – a historical marker. Once I have all my items checked off, I’ll post an update. Join in the fun!

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Yesterday seemed like the longest day ever because I ended up putting in a 13 hour work day unexpectedly. In the mental health field, crises do happen from time to time and it can result in making a long day even longer. Truth be T, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I didn’t get home until after 10:00 PM and really just wanted to dive under the covers. Knowing I’ve been trying to stick to my Mile a Day in March challenge, my husband was practically in his running clothes when I got home. So we ran together at 10:30 and it was the best mile ever. He’s really the best. 🙂

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1.03 mile | 9:16 total time

Today was all about loosening up and preparing myself for tomorrow’s Kilt Run 5K. I did an easy couple of miles around the neighborhood, stretched, did a core workout, stretched, did an arms circuit, stretched, foam rolled, stretched, and stretched some more. My legs might actually be ready for a race tomorrow!

2.01 miles | 20:14 total time | 10:05 avg pace

I took care of a few errands this morning and picked up the final touches for my St. Patty’s running outfit. Just wanted to throw this picture in there because I’m not always wearing running gear, I swear.

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Feeling Springy and scarfy today

I did not find a hair accessory that I liked, so I ended up getting a scarf that I will try to fashion into a headband. I found some black compression shorts for under the mini-kilt and I’ll probably be wearing a long sleeve light thermal under the green T-shirt. It’s looking like it might be a bit chilly.

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Get your kilt on

I also painted my nails green with a couple of festive shamrock stickers.

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Lucky nails?

The race doesn’t go off until 11:45 AM, but I’ll be up early for an Irish breakfast at a friend’s house before heading off to the starting line. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone and if you’re racing, good luck and have fun!