Sunday Morning, June 29th….
1:30 a.m. – finally get off work
2:00 a.m. – small 3 egg meal
2:30 a.m. – finally get to bed…
5:57 a.m. – I finally wake to alarm clocks which have been going off since 5 a.m. Could I really make it in time? I was disoriented. I knew packet pickup was from 5:30 to 6:30 then I realized the race didn’t start until 7 a.m. …I had 1 hour and 3 minutes to dress, get to St Louis and pick up my packet!
6:03 a.m. – I’m dressed and in my car, pulling out to head to St Louis!
6:51 a.m. – I’ve already made it to St Louis, parked, got my race packet, returned it to the car, affixed my bib # and awaiting the St Louis Pride 5k!
7:14:01 a.m. – the 7 a.m. race finally starts and I cross the chip timing mat
7:52:37 a.m. – I cross the chip timing mat for a chip time of 0:38:36! My time according to Sports Tracker is 0:38:31
By 11 a.m. I was back home and starting on this blog but was unable to keep my eyes open any longer and had to take a nap!
3:42 p.m. – back awake and hoping to finish out this blog before I have to leave for my 5 p.m. work shift
On June 15, 2014 – 0:42:27 was my finish time for the Go! 5k
On June 29, 2014 – 0:38:36 was my finish time for the Pride 5k
My weapons of choice were my Brand New New Balance Fantom Fit 1080s and they felt GREAT! I also ran my first mile in the second fastest time of the year at 11:31 (fastest was yesterday at the Macklind Mile at 10:52)
I was able to take off nearly 4 MINUTES to set a new PR (personal record) for my best ever 2014 5k time 🙂 My Sports Tracker stopwatch showed an improvement of 4 min 5 seconds. The official chip timings for both race show an improvement of 3 min 51 seconds. Either way it was a really nice improvement – AND, had I finished about 9 minutes sooner I would have come in third place! (I would have also had to have been in the 60-69 year old age bracket) but – that’s as close as I’ve ever come to a respectable finish 😉 🙂
The SWAG was pretty cool and I still have to go through it all but the tech t-shirt is pretty cool and the colorful medal was fun 🙂 I got a couple other things from ProRehab of St Louis when I received a post race stretching. The two girls working the booth went to SLU and also worked as Ball Girls at the St Louis Cardinals games, those are the ones that dance around on top the dugouts and use giant slingshots with FredBird to shoot out balled up t-shirts to the crowd. The really interesting thing was that one of the girls was from Jonesboro, Arkansas and was familiar with Wynne, Arkansas – the place where I’ll be running my 3rd full marathon! 🙂 So, I got some useful information from her as well as some good post race stretching.
4:41 p.m. – gotta post this and get to work!
5:00 -11:00 p.m. – work!
somewhere between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. sleep and clean an office! 🙂
This was a fun run and I would do it again! 🙂 🙂 🙂