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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Race for the Cure Peoria: Race Recap

Hey all,

So last weekend my parents were in town, and it was great.  They were able to use the guest suite downstairs (the "Splurge vs. Steal" room) now that it is mostly complete.

So about RFTC.  Long story short, I haven't really been running.  I mean maybe a few miles here and there, but definitely less than 10 a week. But, whatever.

On Friday night, we all went out for pizza and beer.  The good thing about this race was that I didn't really care how it went.  I knew that I had no chance at PRing, so I was pretty relaxed.  I drank all beer and no water and was perfectly fine with that.

The next morning, I woke up thinking that I had overslept, and I was actually happy.  Nope, I still had a good hour and a half to get ready.  But, in true Emily style, I waited until the last minute to get my act together, and we were pretty late getting out the door.  I had some applesauce and half of a piece of cinnamon bread, which was actually the perfect amount of food.


Here's what I loved about this race.  No stress!  I hadn't trained, and I didn't care.  I knew that it would take me about a half hour from start to finish, so that meant: no packing fuel, no rubbing body glide all over every chafe-able body surface, and certainly no stressing about a poo-ing schedule.  (Marathoners and half marathons know that the struggle is real)

We had no idea where to park, and it turned out the closest possible place was about a mile from the start line.  I had no safety pins, so I planned on carrying my number. Ghetto fabulous.... but I didn't care.

IDK what I was thinking dressing like this for a hot race. I was sweating just waiting for it to begin.  Oops!
As I'm jogging to the start line (trying to get there on time), a police officer stopped me and asked if I wanted a ride.  I think I yelled "Heck yes!" then made a bad joke about that being the first time I had ever ridden in the FRONT of a cop car.  He didn't laugh.

He was extremely nice, and I totally committed  blogger fail by not taking a selfie with him. :)  George did get a picture of us driving away.


Thanks to officer Paul, I got there in plenty of time, and was able to score some safety pins from a sweet older lady who had some extras stowed in her fanny pack.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm a racing veteran by ANY means, but those wearing jean shorts with their keys around their necks typically aren't the types of runners that should be pushing their way to the very front of the start line.  Same with the jogging strollers.  Oh heavens, the jogging strollers.... they were out and proud that morning.

But again, I had my IDGAF attitude on, and smiled as I weaved in and out of them at the start and prayed that they didn't pass me later on.

I started in the back... politely.
The first mile was all uphill, literally, so it was pretty slow.  After seeing my time for the first, I was like "Oh dear...you need to pick. it. up, Em." My next two miles were slightly faster and actually more enjoyable.  The entire time I was running, I couldn't help but think about how much more pleasant it is to be in a race when you're not alternating vomiting and brief crying periods. (Marathon Recap Here)

I ended up finishing at 28:51 (around a 9:17 pace).  The goal in my head was to finish under 30 minutes, so I was pretty happy considering my total lack of running in 2014.

The rest of the day was spent buying a grill, having our very first cookout in the new house, and you guessed it... eating & drinking.


This race actually made me more excited about running over the summer, and I definitely want to sign up for some more races.  Now I just need to get out there and get my mojo back!


Have you done any races lately?  How did it go?

13 comments :

  1. Congrats on the finish! Jean shorts? Really?! LOL

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  2. I actually have my first 5 miler (ever) this sunday and I'm so nervous/excited!! I just want to finish under 50 min!!! I don't what I'll do if a stroller get's in my way!!

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  3. When I lived in Nashville, I ran in RFTC and I loved it... Now, all of my in-laws walk in honor of my hubby's grandma. It's such a fun event! :)

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  4. Aahaha I love that ecard!!! WAY to go. Running without pressure is the best :) It is for sure my game plan for the next few months.

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  5. Wow, you're faster than me without even trying!! haha!! Hope you enjoyed all the drinks that came after it! :)

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  6. The best part is the drinks after! Baby strollers? You still ran well for not having been running lately!

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  7. So much fun! My Mom and I are running the RFTC on Saturday in Columbus. HAHA did I say running it will be more of a walk/jog thing lol I could probably run it but I am going to stick with my Momma on this one (: It is more for the experience!

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  8. Whoo hoo! I'm running in Bay to Breakers out here in San Francisco this weekend and haven't run this year as much as I'd like.

    P.S. HATE strollers in races

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  9. That is one of my favorite races to run!! And it is for such a wonderful cause!!

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  10. (reading this at work hence the weird sign-in name)
    Hilarious! This whole recap was pure awesome. Or, ghetto fabulous, I guess you would say. That's pretty speedy for not running much lately! The best part is that someecard. I totally feel that way about a quick 2-mile run. haha.

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  11. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the run, and finish in the time you wanted. I did a 5k last weekend (my second race ever) and didn't really train for it either. I was pretty relaxed about it too, and finished better than I thought I would, so I was happy. It totally motivated me to start running more this summer though. So hopefully I can eventually do a 10k and/or get faster at the 5k. Races are so motivating! I'm hoping to do more of them this summer too :)

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  12. You rock girlfriend! I'm glad your getting your mojo back and hell to yeah on riding in a cop car and not being in trouble!

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  13. Isn't it funny how marathons train your racing? It's like you feel like you can suffer through anything now:P
    Congrats on the race!!

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