{road race: halfway to st. patrick’s day 2016}

{road race: halfway to st. patrick’s day 2016}

Today was the Millennium Running Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K road race in Manchester, NH. I registered for this race back in December when I decided to run the Millennium Series in 2016. A lot of ladies in the MRTT Facebook group mentioned that they PRed at this race – THAT got me really excited.

Would I be able to PR?

Leading up to the weekend, I was mildly concerned about my ability to complete this race – I ran 10mi the day before (my first time hitting double-digits!), which I hadn’t originally planned to do, but I had to shift my plans around a bit. I’ve been experiencing some hip and knee pain during and after my long runs. The day I ran 10mi I made sure to get up and walk it off and recently started foam rolling and stretching (I know… shame on me for not stretching before this).

Apparently I did a good job taking care of myself, because when I woke up the morning of this race, I was feeling really good. My muscles were great, my joints were happy, and I got a good night’s sleep. WINNING.

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run in the kilt they were handing out as race swag. I brought it home, hemmed it, and decided that the fabric wouldn’t breathe enough for me so I left it at home. I DID wear a shamrock headband that I made out of some too-small leggings I ordered online. Crafty runners are the best!

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We were due for rain, so I put in some contacts instead of wearing my glasses. I basically was just hoping that we wouldn’t get thunder – I didn’t want the event to get cancelled! I want to keep running an organized event every month, and didn’t want to scramble to find a new one.

Let me pause for a moment to tell you how amazing Millennium Running races are. They put on events like a well-oiled machine. The on-site bib pickup and registration tables always run smoothly, they always start the race on time, the courses are well-planned, there are always plenty of port-a-potties, and the events are always fun!

I had signed up to volunteer at bib pickup this morning, so I was onsite at 8:00am and spent my time getting safety pins rigged up for grab-and-go and handed out kilts to registrants before I headed to the start line.

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This race course is a steady slight incline with a steeper incline at the mid-way point, and then it’s entirely downhill to the finish line. I’d like to say I managed to run the entire race without walking, but that would be lying.

I started to feel rough going up that sharper incline in mile 2, so I gave myself a few yards to take a walk break and peel my wet shirt off (YEAH #SportsBraSquad), and then I walked for a bit to sip some water at the water stop. But once the course turned downhill, I told myself to suck it up and run all the way to the end.

I mean… why on earth would I waste the downhill like that?

So I powered through and crossed the finish line. My time?

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34:35:1

I hit a personal record!

I’m slowly shaving time off my 5K – maybe it IS possible to break 30min? It didn’t seem possible a year ago. I’m not that motivated by time – I just want to be able to carry my own body across the finish line. But it’s these little wins that motivate me to keep going.

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Next up is my first half marathon! New England Half Marathon, I will see you in October and I will be ready to rock!

Best,
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