Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pie Run, but no Pie

Woke up to lovely running weather and was stoked to hit the Jefferson City Road Runners Club annual Thanksgiving Day Pie Run.  All of the age group prizes are pies donated by a local bakery.  Race started at 8:30 which is a great start time - early enough to have plenty of time to get your race done and on to the other family obligations, but late enough that it is easy to get yourself over there (plus the race was like 10 min from home).

After running pretty strong at the Mud Run in September, my husband decided to see what he could do at a stand alone 5K now that he is turning 40 on Monday.  He ran cross country in high school, but hasn't run for exercise since (just walking).  He decided to go out hard (TWSS) and hang on for dear life.  As expected, he took off ahead of me and I never saw him again until I crossed the finish and he handed me a bottle of water having finished a solid 7 min and one donut ahead of me.  Bastard!

When we got to the race, we ran into several folks we know.  Not really a surprise at a local race, but sometimes interesting to find out who is a "runner" and not.  Several families from our parish were there plus some other acquaintances.  Even Luke from Team Virtus was warming up for his 10K.  They let the 10K'ers go about 5 min ahead of the 5K'ers and before long it was time to head out. 

Had to dodge people quite a bit the first 1/4 mile or so, but it spread out pretty quickly.  I managed to mostly run (ok, jog) the whole time save just a couple of very short walk breaks.  I roughly looked at my watch at the mile markers.  I think the first mile was 10:17, second was 21 something (total watch time) and the third was 33 something.  The printout said I did it in about 34:26 which disappointed me because I did a course in October with more hills in 34:47.  But in all likelihood, it is a PR - even if by a very small margin.  The wind was in our face a lot the last half.  But when the faster 10K'ers were passing me (and you could tell - they were FAST), it was a little disheartening.  Kind of like finding out my "non-runner" husband did it in 27:xx. 

I ran my own race though.  My sis was with her family and they finished together (with double jogger) in about 38 min.  We visited with some friends and then headed home.  I managed to skip the finish line donuts.  Got home, threw my fruit salad together and we headed out for the big family get together.  Husband's extended family puts on a pretty good shindig.  I kept to my plan to only get one plate of food from the dinner buffet line and one "dessert".  I decided I'd rather have more mashed potatoes than pie so that is what I did.

Now I get a few more days of Christmas denial while we prep for my husband's big party (Sat night).  Might order a few gifts online tonight/tomorrow, but I'm not brave enough to get crushed at any of the big mob sales. 

Swim: 14,700 yds / 25,000
Bike: 748.0 mi / 1000
Run: 314.6 mi / 350

HBBC Points: 3.1 for the 5K + 2 bonus points for moving with my family; think I was too heavy on the carbs/meat today to get the produce point; I always wait to clean until AFTER all the guests leave and they are staying for the birthday party so I won't get any big cleaning bonus points this week.


  1. It's always fun to see who's at a race...and of course the more races you do the more people there you know. Nice job on the newPR!

  2. Congrats on a new PR! We had good weather for our run as well.

  3. A PR is a PR. Plus you dont want to PR by too much so you can have many more PRs :-).

    Happy big 40 to your husband and congrats on a PR of his own.