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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pikesville 5K 2010

Try spotting me in that photo!  That is our entire running group from my running store, including those who are doing the Galloway Marathon / Half Marathon Training Program this summer, plus the participants in the "No Boundaries" program.  This race is the big event for No Boundaries - everyone in the blue shirt is running their very first 5K!  If you're looking for me, I'm close to the middle, and all you can see is my head.  Last year, someone stood in front of me and blocked me!  Not this year!!

So, the Pikesville 5K is the "home course" for my running group, since this is the course that I run when I join the group for weekday night runs (although we normally go a little farther than 3.1 miles).  This was my sixth straight year running this race, making it the race that I have run the most times!  If you're local to Baltimore and you're looking for a nice summer 5K, this is a pretty good one.  It's not too big, has some nice giveaways and a really great breakfast after the race (including eggs, has browns, bagels and fruit, plus some free things from Trader Joe's).  The downside is that it's a slightly hilly course, it's usually pretty hot, and it's not chip timed.

Out of the six times I've run this race, three of them happened just after I got home from a week long vacation.  That included this time, so I hadn't run since June 30 (diving and running do not mix).  I never quite know what that means, so I went into this with no expectations or goals.  In fact, I was down right grumpy when I got to the race.

I started out running with a friend, and I was feeling sore and tired for the first 3/4 mile or so.  My friend ended up decided to stay back and asked me to run ahead, so I ended up going on.  First mile was right on 12:00, and it started getting hot and sunny.  That's the usual for this race, but I kept pushing the pace, figuring it was only 3 miles and I wanted to have a great run after being away.

The second mile was faster, closer to 11:00, although I don't know the exact time.  Not sure what the third mile was, but it was somewhere in the 11:00 range, too.  I was trying to catch a couple of friends that I could see ahead on the course.  Once I caught up to my rabbit, though, she took off!!  Too funny.

So, final time was 35:25, which is pretty decent for me and a 5K.  It's not a PR for a 5K, but it's a PR for this particular race, so that's a great thing!

Sadly, though, I did not win a door prize.


marathonmaiden said...

great looking group! awesome job and a pr on a course is so a pr. congrats :)

Marlene said...

Congrats on the 5K! It's so much fun to have the whole group there!

Black Knight said...

Congrats on your 5k,the PB will come soon. Very nice group, I like the idea of the same shirt for the "newcomers".

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