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Run In The Mist 5K race recap

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Since running my first 5K in Orlando, I wanted to do another race in June. The perfect opportunity happened when I saw this 5K come up in Facebook.

The weather up here can change in a second. For that reason, I waited until race day to register for it. No finisher medals (again) but a great opportunity to check on my progress from couch to marathon.

The setting: Old Falls Street at Niagara Falls, USA. USATF certified course.

The weather was picture perfect! Not that much humidity and a light breeze. My sister went with me but didn’t run it. She was a little cold.

After signing up for the 5K, that benefited the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, we went to check out the area. We definitely need to return to do more of the “touristy” thing.

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Keeping up with tradition, my top was pink (celebrating #nationalpinkday) and capris. I’m still a bit self-conscious of wearing running shorts… but that’s the topic of another post!

Goals: The plan for this 5K was to beat my previous time of around 50 minutes. I wanted my splits to be right around 15 minutes since my average pace lately are right around 16 minutes. I tell you this because although I’m not a single digit miles per minute runner, I am a slow runner but a runner with goals nonetheless.

The only thought in my mind was beat 45 minutes! You can do it!

I lined up at the end of the big pack. Activated the livetrack function of the Garmin and send the link to my husband and sister. I do this so they know what kind of time they have before is time to be close to the finish line, ha!

Mile 1: 13:01

What a crazy start!

Once they gave us the instructions and sound the horn, everyone went at their fastest. Like I had mentioned before Buffalo is a fast runner city. This segment was mostly flat which really helped. I knew I had to start fast + strong. I tried to slow down., unsuccessfully.  I feel like the pressure of having the police car caravan almost right behind me was enough to go fast!

Mile 2: 15:04

The course started to incline slightly but enough to make it tough for a newbie like me. I’m not used to any kind of hill-ish path so this made me slow down.  Thank goodness for the one and only water station! I drank most of my water and then splashed the rest of the water on my face to feel refreshed.

Mile 3: 14:42

Right here, I started to repeat my mantra “Winners run with winners. Fast runners run with fast runners.” I knew that I had a shot to be right at the 45 minute mark if only I would pick up the step on my walk breaks. I appreciate the thumbs up from the policemen and the cheers from the few spectators around the last mile. It felt good. I was tired

The last .2

I don’t know what happened. At first, I felt like I was cheated of point 0-9 miles. I really feel like this was not a true 5K as my Garmin was spot on with my chip.

I guess it’s good to know that as the pounds melt away, I keep on being consistent with my running and dedicate more time to this hobby I’m improving while enjoying it!

My official time was 42:56… I’ll celebrate that.

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Lucky #99!

The After-party

Runners had free access to food & drinks. Family and friends could join for an extra $5. We did that. Enjoyed a couple of sandwiches and fruit and a thirst quenching cold light beer. Low key and the intimate feel was the perfect way to end the event!

Next stop: race a 10K!

Man, in my mind I have Meb’s form and I almost fly 😉 In all seriousness, I really like that you can see me smile instead if having the “I’m dying” look.

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2 Comments

  1. Tiff @ Babes and Kids

    June 29, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Nice job! You should be SO proud of improving your time. 🙂

    1. Yoly Mason

      June 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

      I am very proud Tiff! It felt really good to see that my time was even better than my goal!

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