Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pittsburgh Marathon 5K Recap

Before I get to my recap, I need to thank all of the amazing people who showed up to the Meet Up/Tweet Up! It was so nice to see and meet everyone!! I need to also thank you all for keeping me warm, calming me down and keeping my mind off the race.


This is my third time running the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K. My course PR was 25:09. I set three goals for myself, since this was a really big race for me. 

A Goal: Sub 23 minutes
B Goal: Sub 24 minutes
C Goal: Course PR

Nathan, Jeff and I lined up pretty close to the start. Nathan was supposed to run this at an 8 minute/mile pace. Jeff was going to stay with Nathan to make sure he stayed slower. I was going to run fast. It sounded like an awesome plan.

Nathan and I were freezing!


Since this was the exact same course as last year, I knew what to expect. I wanted to average a 7:15-7:20 pace for 22:31-22:47 final time. I shot out at the start. It only took a few seconds for me to get towards the front. I felt great. My legs were moving so easily up the first hill and through the first mile.


Just about at the mile 1 marker, I saw the 7:30 pacer. WHO HAS A PACER AT A 5K TO START WITH?!? I couldn't believe it! Was I that far off already? I looked at my watch and it had said 7:15. So, Mr. 7:30 pace team leader, you were early, and messed up the rest of my race. Mile one ended at 7:19.


Since I cannot do math to begin with, I though I had to pick up the pace a little bit. I started climbing the next hill and realized I could not hold that pace. I had to back off. This part of the course was on the other side of the road from where I just came from, so I could here my friends yelling my name. Since I couldn't see them, I stuck my hands straight up in the air and waved. At the mile and half marker, there is a water stop. Out of the water stop, Jeff passes me. I stayed behind him for the last half mile, but I started to cramp a little on the down hill toward the only bridge of the course. Mile two: 7:45.


At the mile three marker I looked to my right and there was Nathan. Now I had thought I really fell apart. I guess I should also mention I never look at my watch during a 5K. Maybe I should start doing that. Anyway...


I asked Nathan how he was feeling, he said he felt great and I told him I was losing it. No other words were spoken and we attacked the bridge together. My cramping started to go away once we got to the top of the bridge and I felt my legs start to loosen a little bit. Nathan still stayed next to me. We made our way in to town when I saw Natalie. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see her smiling face. Mile three: 7:19.



I knew I had some more left in my legs and I was going to push it. I had nothing to lose! We made the turn to the finish and I went. I never got a second wind during a 5K before, but thank goodness I got one that day! Nathan and I crossed the finish line together. Well, technically he let me win. I gave him a huge hug as soon as we finished and thanked him. He really saved me. 



We met up with Jeff, who finished right before us. I finally looked at my watch and saw my time, 23:48. That is only 10 seconds off my 5K PR! It was also a 1:21 course PR for me. I couldn't believe it! After I thought it was all lost, my legs finally listened to me! I was even more shocked to see that I finished as the 30th female and 6th in my age group! 





We ended up going back to the expo after the race, and that is when I really started to absorb my time. Even though my race wasn't pretty, thank you Mr. 7:30 pacer, I am so excited how well I have bounced back since the epic fail 10K. I am getting back to myself and I am SO FREAKING READY! This is one of my favorite races of the year. I might not be doing anymore Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday races, but I might have to make an exception for the 5K.




18 comments:

  1. Awesome! I haven't run a 5k in years...I probably should, tho!

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  2. I really like them! It's an excuse to really push yourself!

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  3. Great job Steff! Such an awesome job :) Yay for the second wind!

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  4. You did great, Steff! Congrats!!

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  5. so awesome!! I never even saw you after the start. GREAT race and thanks for organizing the meetup!! so much fun.

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  6. Awesome race, congrats!!! I love that feeling when you get your second wind in a race

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  7. Congratulations! That is an amazing finish time!

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  8. Awesome, Steff! Congrats! So happy for you!

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  9. Congrats - seems like it was a fun weekend!

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  10. Awesome job! I got so excited for you while reading this recap. That's an awesome finish time and congrats on the course PR!

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  11. Thanks Jenn! It was so good to see you!

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  12. Thanks Shaun! It was nice to see you!

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  13. It was so nice to see you Mar!! Thanks so much!

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  14. Thanks Nichole! It was nice to FINALLY have a good race!

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