Monday, August 15, 2011

Holy Hills Crystal City 5k...

...this past Saturday, Cece and I ran in the Crystal City 5k bright and early at 7am. I had to get up at 5am and be out the door by 5:30 to get there. Once I got there, I was worried about finding Cece but I actually pulled up next to her so all worked out. We walked towards the starting line and decided to make a pit stop only to find out that the bathrooms were still LOCKED!!! Umm...I saw another woman coming up from the woods so I headed that way and told Cece if I wasn't back in 5 minutes to come looking for me.

All 22, yes you read that right, of us runners got to the starting line and headed out when the lady said GO! I had wanted to do this race to test how much I'd improved from my speed training. My goal for this race was to finish sub-30, somewhere around 29 minutes. By the end of mile 1, I threw that goal out the window and my new goal was just to finish. Every downhill had a perfectly straight uphill. As I told Matt later, Hospital Hill was NOTHING compared to this hilly race. I eventually crossed the finish line at 31:43, not exactly what I was hoping for but hey, considering the only running I've been doing lately has been the speed work and it was hill after hill after hill, I'll take it!

As you can tell by the post race food options, there weren't a whole lot of runners. Cece rocked the hills though and came in 3rd overall for the women.

Here we are post race-thank goodness it finally cooled down this week!
You can't get a PR every time but its always fun to try. Thanks for running with me, Cece!


Stephany said...

I did a 5K on a super hilly course and I did what you did: just wanted to finish! My time wasn't near as good as yours so you should be proud!

And Cece is amazing. No words.

Slamdunk said...

Glad you did not find Bigfoot in the woods. We ran into a park bathroom that was locked for no good reason--not a good thing when kids really gotta go.

Cecilia said...

My legs still hurt and it's Tuesday. You know how stubborn I am? I'm going to run that hill again this weekend. Figure it's got to help me with training.