Monday, June 22, 2015

Peace Love Run 5K Recap

This was my fourth year participating in the Peace Love Run. I have done both races they offer, the 5K and half marathon. I have always done really well at this race. It is my current 5K PR from last year! 

This year, me and Natalie decided we were going to take on the races. Natalie was doing the half marathon at 21 weeks pregnant! She's freaking amazing! It was also our IRL friend-a-versary! 

I wanted to get some pictures for Natalie, plus Mark was running the half as well. I sent up shop a little down the road. The half started about 45 minutes before the 5K so I had time. 

As I walked back to the finish area (the course for the half was the 5K loop then two full loops of North Park Lake) I met up with two of my flockmates Ashley and Carrie. It was so nice to chat with them. It was super cloudy outside and insanely humid. I felt really bad for Natalie. 

As I made my way to the start line I got asked three times what high school I went to. When I thanked everyone another girl came up to me (who ended up being the first female finisher) and asked what college I ran for. Can I tell you how good I felt lol! 

From a quick peak around me, all I could see were teenagers. This was not going to be pretty. I knew I wouldn't PR today, but that wasn't the plan. I wanted to average between 7:45 and 7:55 pace and be consistent. 

The gun went off and we started. I stayed in a nice group with a bunch of teenagers and felt pretty good. I saw Mark. We high fived and kept moving. I didn't realize the pace until my watch went off for the first mile and it said 7:06.


Clearly I have already messed this up. I had to find a correct pace or I would fall flat on my face by the end. The turnaround was at a mile and a half and then up a hill for a half mile. I got my legs back under me and felt much better. I knew mile two was slower, but it was okay. Mile two: 8:01. 

The final mile is as flat as you can get at North Park. It was time to see what I could do. I passed a few of the teenagers who appeared to be crashing and ran alone. I couldn't tell if some were half marathoners or 5K runners. Right as my watch went off for mile three I saw Carrie and Ashley. Mile three: 7:52. 

When I crossed the finish line, I wasn't upset. I knew exactly what I did wrong. I saw a 24 in front of my time and couldn't even be upset. I didn't follow the plan. I let others dictate my pace and I paid the price. My official time was 24:26. 

When the age group awards were announced, I was shocked to hear that I won my age group. I was 23rd overall out of 155, I was the eighth female finisher. 

The three of us cheered on the half marathon finishers including Mark and Natalie. I'm so proud of her! She is really amazing! She is even planning on running Akron at 35 weeks! Well, it might be waddling but still! 

The four of us chatted for a little, then me and Carrie ran three more miles for a nice round number. I had so much fun with them this morning!

It has been so long since I have had an age group win that I feel bad not being excited about it. I need to start focusing more on my goal and staying with it. I cannot let other people rule my pace. 

Look at me, I'm learning! 

Have you ever won an award you didn't feel you deserved? 


  1. Congrats on the AG award! Yes, in May I came in 1st in my AG in a half marathon. The actual first place winner won the master's division, so according to RRCA rules, she was not eligible for the AG win as well. It wasn't my fastest half, and I told everyone I took second in my AG. Just didn't feel right any other way. Funny, because I'm working on a post about cheating, and I read your post; made me think how many of us are honest to a fault!

  2. It's always the worst when you start out fast and can't do anything about it but crash and burn. You still finished great, and first place is amazing! Great job Steff..that PR will be broken SOON :)

  3. Great job on the age group win. It is always so hard to slow it down at the beginning when you just want to GO!

  4. Congrats on the award! I've been guilty of letting people dictate my pace right out of the start too. I think it's just a brain connection to "go with the group".

  5. WOO HOO! I love that y'all were able to be there together, Steff; what a fun race day! Um, no...I earn my awards, girl, and you did too! BOOM! I can't even imagine running while pregnant, much less running in a RACE while pregnant - go Natalie! You got some great pics, Steff!

  6. I've yet to negative split a race because my first mile is always too fast! Congrats on the AG award!