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Race Recap: The 2011 Skirt Chaser 5K

October 2, 2011

Aka “the hardest race I’ve ever run.”

Joey seconds that.

When all is said and done run, I always feel good and am proud of myself for running a race, but I’m not going to lie, at the time, I hated the Skirt Chaser.  And I pretty much wanted to die the entire time I was running.  It.was.so.freaking.hot.  85 degrees at 3 PM is not ideal race conditions.

Even though it was a month later and a different course, this year was pretty much exactly like last year.  It was hot, my mouth was as dry as a bone and 3.1 miles felt like 30.1 miles.  Kill me.

**Note: Skirt Chaser 5K: a race in which the ladies get a 3-minute head start on the fellas.  The winner has always been a female — fact! <— This year was no different.

And I could feel my lunch in my stomach the whole time.

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And not in a good way.

Although it was delicious.

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Wraps for the win!

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It made me really nervous that there was one start time, and we absolutely couldn’t miss it.

I have issues with being on time for races…

But we made it there with plenty of time to pin bibs, drink some water, and use the “restroom.”

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If only you knew how many times I’ve told Joey not to take horizontal pictures.

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Don’t let those squinty eyes that smile fool you, I was so nervous for some reason.

Honestly, anxiety is something I’ve struggled with in the past and although it’s never been an issue at a race, I felt like it was for this one.  Which makes me nervous for the half marathon next weekend :O  Be gone with you, anxiety!

Despite the fact that I felt really nervous and hot, I pushed myself really hard and finished in 25:47!!  That’s an 8:18 pace, which is incredible considering I usually run a 10-minute mile.  If not longer…

The course was much better than last year (not nearly as hilly!), with a lot of out and backs so I could see how far behind Joey was.  He caught up to me at the very end, but let me run through the finish line first. <—- That’s a good boyfriend :)

And then he assured me he was running so fast and that it was really hard for him to catch me.  Lies = more boyfriend points.

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And I managed not to pass out from heat, exhaustion and nerves. 

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I gladly let Joey drink my free beer.

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And got really excited when I passed the Door to Door Organics tent and got a flyer on their CSA program.

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Someone’s going to be getting a “bitty” box of organic produce very very soon!

Plus I just really like the word “bitty.”

Proof that I came in first:

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Even though we technically had the same time.

Details, details.

All in all, I’m 99.89% sure I don’t ever want to run the Skirt Chaser again. 

Unless they move it to 7 AM. 

Or get Chipotle to sponsor it like they did last year.

Happy Sunday!

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Did you run any races this weekend?

Have any race horror stories?

Or what fun things were you doing instead of sweating your face off?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 7:36 AM

    I basically partied all weekend! Haha, nice job on the run :)

  2. October 2, 2011 9:10 AM

    Oh my god. You brave girl. It was soooo hot yesterday….I can’t believe they scheduled the start time for literally the warmest part of the day. I’m impressed you managed to do the race at all. I would have considered bailing. Lindsay + running + temps in the mid 80s do not mix AT ALL. You should be proud of yourself for being a badass and showing that heat (and your bf!) who’s boss. :)

  3. October 2, 2011 12:39 PM

    The only reason Ive never done a race is because I would be sooo nervous!! im not the fastest runner and im scared i would trip along the way. Sorry to hear about your anxiety but your time was great!!

  4. October 2, 2011 8:16 PM

    Yup- everyone has bad races. It’s a good thing that you can still be happy that you at least did it, even if it sucked during the fact. And your time was AWESOME!!! Congrats on a PR!

    One of my first races was a 5 mile section of the Portland Marathon. My parents drove and were waiting for me- I told them I’d be about 50 minutes. The only other race I had done was a 5k a month earlier. I ended up getting sick and it took me about an hour and 20 to get through 5 miles. My parents were waiting around the whole time but still cheered me on when I crawled through the finish line.

  5. October 2, 2011 8:36 PM

    Congrats on finishing the race and making such good time! :D And yay for the CSA box! I’m loving mine so much, best decision ever.

  6. October 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    sorry the race didn’t go as well as you would want….ya know with the whole food in tummy, late day, etc. But at least you rocked it to the best :)

  7. October 3, 2011 11:46 AM

    I’ve never done a race before but I went to watch my mom’s bf cross the finish line of a race last weekend and it was such an exciting atmosphere. It definitely made me want to sign up for one immediately!
    And you did so well in the heat! I honestly don’t know how people run after 8 am.

  8. October 3, 2011 12:07 PM

    3 pm wouldn’t work for me either! I didn’t run any races this weekend. I mainly watched football, took walks in the lovely autumn air, and drank some beer. It was a great weekend!

  9. Shannon permalink
    October 6, 2011 12:52 PM

    I signed up for Door to Door 2 years ago, and I wouldn’t recommend it. It was rather expensive (I got the bitty as well), and it is not what I would call a “CSA”. Although it was all organic, I often received bananas from Chile, mangoes from Peru, etc. Why were they sending me tropical fruit in the Winter? It definitely did not make me feel like I was doing anything good for the planet, plus, I could have gone to Sunflower and bought $18 worth of local produce for the same amount. This year, I joined a local CSA called FarmYard, and they are fantastic! Truly local and organic. Plus, everyone has to pitch in with the gardens once during the season. :)

    • October 7, 2011 6:12 PM

      Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you told me before I committed to anything! That’s awful to hear. I guess I need to do some more research. Produce from other countries was not what I had in mind.

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