Race Recap: The 2011 Skirt Chaser 5K
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.
And not in a good way.
Although it was delicious.
Wraps for the win!
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.”
If only you knew how many times I’ve told Joey not to take horizontal pictures.
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.
And I managed not to pass out from heat, exhaustion and nerves.
I gladly let Joey drink my free beer.
And got really excited when I passed the Door to Door Organics tent and got a flyer on their CSA program.
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:
Even though we technically had the same time.
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.
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?