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Monday, July 29, 2013

Morristown 5 Miler Race Recap

Hey guys!  I'm FINALLY feeling better and had a great weekend.  I'm joining the Marathon Mondays linkup and doing a recap of my second race.

Coffee & macarons

Friday night, I hung out with George and some ER friends.  One of my besties, Aly, gave me the sweetest present to help me get out of my running funk.  It is a silver disc with the picture of a runner inside.  Seriously love it, and her.  She ran cross country in college and is a total badass.  (She deploys to Afghanistan in November...don't get me started... I'm going to be a wreck.)  More about Aly in a future post.

I mean, how cute is this?
So about the Morristown 5 Miler...

It is a race to honor a cross country coach who passed away while out on a run with his team.  The course is a down and back with the turnaround point at the coach's grave.  They now have a scholarship in his name for high school runners.

I woke up early on Saturday and did my typical routine of coffee, Think Thin bar, and a bottle of water.  It was chilly and raining, but I figured that it would pass.  As my dad and I were driving the 45 minutes out into the middle of nowhere, the weather did not look promising.

When we arrived, I saw runners doing their warmup runs in the pouring rain.  That is some serious dedication!  My "warmup" was running to and from the car.  My aunt works for the race organizer, so she had our bibs for us.

I had my dad take a "before" race picture, but it didn't really turn out due to the wind and rain.  At this point, I wanted to crawl into the warm car and drive home.

But... I didn't and started the race.  The rain let up, and things were going well.  I didn't take my phone, because I was worried about it getting wet, and the genius pictured above didn't wear a watch.  Oops.  The only way I knew my time was by hearing the people call it out at each mile marker.  I was still a little sick, so I really didn't care what my time was.  My goal was to just keep going.

At the start of mile 5, it seemed like it was just me and another lady out there.  The people in front of us were far ahead, and I couldn't hear anyone behind.  We ended up chatting and really pushing each other for the last mile.

By the time I crossed the finish line, my dad wasn't far behind.  The weather had cleared up, and the sun started to peek out.  I, somehow, got third in my age group.  (Don't get too excited, there were less than 10 in my age group).  I did get a $15 off gift certificate to the Athletic Annex, which is an awesome store to get your running shoes.

After.  Just happy that I finished and didn't pass out.
I ended up finishing in 48:44, which is about a 9:44 pace.  I'm honestly, pretty happy with that considering the circumstances.

This weekend, I'm planning to do my first 10 mile run, and I'm super excited.  I think I'm finally out of my funk!

What were you guys up to this weekend?


  1. Love the necklace :) Good luck with the 10 miler.

  2. I love the necklace too! Despite the weather conditions, it sounds like you had a great race! Congrats!

  3. My first two races were in the pouring rain, and I loved it! Way to go! Love the necklace too!

  4. That is such a great necklace. Even with the rain looks like you had a good run! Yeah for being out of your running funk!

  5. Congrats, Em, on having a blog.
    I've now read all your posts and I'll be following
    via Google Plus, so I may just "+1" your posts
    instead of commenting :)
    See you in the blog world and occasionally in person.

  6. Running in the rain always helped me run faster because I just wanted to be done :) Congrats on placing!! We went out on the boat and soaked up the sunshine this weekend!

  7. Awesome job! That's really great pace. And you won something! That's fun :) love the new blog look!


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