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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shamrock 5K 2010

And so, my 2010 race season begins, after only about 8 weeks off from the Disney Marathon. This is my fifth year running the Kelly St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K in Baltimore. Todd joined me this year, and we parked at Pier V and walked up to the start from there. At the start, we met up with friends Kristy, Holly, Pat, Nina and Gary. We waited for a bit and then off we went.

This race is pretty crowded the whole way, and the first mile is almost completely downhill. I didn't start my interval watch until I was down at the bottom of the big hill, and then I turned it on, set for 1 minute of running and 30 seconds of walking. I've had a migraine since Friday night, so I wasn't sure how that was going to go. My head was hurting some, but not so bad that it was affecting my running. I didn't take my Imitrex before the race started because it makes me drowsy.

Anyway, I ran the first mile in 9:38, which is a personal record right there. After that, the course has a very very slight upward grade, but is for the most part flat. Maybe it feels more like an upward grade after the big downhill. Turn around, and then I passed the mile 2 marker. I forget what my split for mile 2 was, and my watch is upstairs, but it was decent. Around this point, my migraine was POUNDING and my head was really hurting, but I kept telling myself that I only needed to make it for about a half hour, and that I had Imitrex in the car.

Not much else to say. The course went back past the science center, then past Harborplace, and onto Pratt Street. I kept up with my intervals right up until just before hitting the mile 3 marker and ran it in (if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, I'm not a "run it in" kind of girl). Good times, though.

My official time was 32:12, beating my personal record by 2 minutes and 37 seconds (a lot for a 5K). It was a 10:23 average pace, and I am not quite feeling so slow anymore...

After the race, Holly, Kristy, Todd and I (as well as Holly's son) hung around for beers at Power Plant Live. My headache had gone away for a while, but then it was back after about an hour and half. I still have it, but it's mild...

Good race. Good start to the season. Next up: Lehigh Valley Half Marathon on April 25.


marathonmaiden said...

wow way to go out there and get a pr and BEAST with a migraine. you are a champ :) congrats

Lacey said...

danggg you really jumped out there for that first mile, huh!!!!! that is a huge time PR fora 5k!!! congrats!!!!!!!!


Congrats on the huge PR! What a great way to start the season!

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