07 July, 2011

May Race Recaps: Maywood 5k and Fred D'Elia 10K

It's already July and I realized I never wrote recaps for the two races that I did in May!  They weren't huge races but I did PR in both of them so I guess I should write a teeny tiny blurb about them, right?  :)

Unfortunately, no photos.  Unless you count the horrible professional photos from the 10k, which I'll post a pic of to get a few laughs. 

5/21/11:  Maywood 5k

This is the race that started my running 'career'.  My first official 5k way back in 2006.  I grew up in this town and my gym is in this town so I try to run it whenever I can!  It's slightly unorganized, pretty unofficial, but still usually a fun time since I always know so many people running it. 

Honestly nothing horribly interesting to report!  It was a beautiful day, possibly slightly warmer than I would have liked (I believe low 70s at the start) but all in all?  Great running day.  I met up with a few of the gym gang when I got there and quickly checked in to get my bib and t-shirt.  For once the shirts were a pretty blue!  However?  They were out of my size that I had requested! :( I know it happens so whatever, but the guy manning the t-shirt boxes was beyond rude when I joked about not getting my size.  Chill out dude. 

After warming up, we were all corralled into the street to get behind the start line.  The race doesn't use timing chips, just the rip off tags that are on your bibs so I honestly tried to get as close to the front as I could, without getting in front of the crazy elite runners.  The horn blew and we were off!

For the first mile I tried to keep pace with one of the guys from the gym but he was running with Speedy Gonzales so I dropped back after I realized I ran the first mile in 7:48.  YIKES!  Kept a consistent pace for the next two miles but I could feel myself getting really warm so I didn't want to overdo it and keel over.  Miles 2 and 3 were both done in 8:58 which is still awesome for me.  I finished in 26:36, which definitely killed my last PR of 27:21!!! YAYY!! SO EXCITED!

Grabbed a few orange quarters and some water and hung out while more of the gym gang crossed the finish line.  After hanging out there for awhile, we all went back to the gym for bagels and coffee.  Perfect way to start the morning!

5/30/11: Fred D'Elia 10K 
Still on the high of my 5k PR, I was excited to test out my speed in the 10k.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, there's an annual 10k about 15 mins from me so myself and a friend of mine registered.

The morning of, I woke up about 4am to the sound of the loudest thunderstorm I've been through in awhile!  Oh boy, this is going to be entertaining!  By the time I had to leave for the race, the thunder and lightning had completely stopped and it was just barely drizzling.  Grabbed a few necessities like my Garmin and water bottle and jumped in the car to head over.  

One of the bigger running clubs host this event every year so it's a pretty big shibang for a 'local' 10k.  Lots of tents with vendors giving free samples (yayyyyy Zico!) so after grabbing our race shirts and bibs, we promised each other that we'd browse everything after the race was over.  

We lined up a bit behind the start line and ended up running into two guys from my gym.  Chatted a bit and then they started the national anthem so we all started getting ready to run.  When the gun went off, people were flying!  I tried not to go too crazy at first but still went out way too fast.  Just can't help it!

Oh, and did I mention that the torrential downpour before the race cause the humidity to be about 99.9999%?  It was pretty muggy and hard to take a deep breath.  I don't do well in muggy heat usually!

I kept up a good pace for the first few miles but then just really had to slow down.  I wasn't annoyed by it at all though because I knew there was no way I could run all out with it being that muggy.

The crowds along the course were fun and entertaining.  Not a whole lot of people but all of the kids that were there kept on cheering and giving runners High Fives.  Just like the 5k, there really isn't much to report!  The race went smoothly and I tried to smile for the cameras but...

That was unfortunately the best photo of the bunch.  The rest of the shots I definitely look like I'm going to hurl or keel over.

I finished the race in 1:00:28 and was definitely very happy with it!  It was HOT out there!  Plus my previous PR in the 10k was 1:02:something so YAYY!!!

I quickly found my friend and we grabbed some water and food and wandered around the vendor tents for a little bit.  Grabbed a few more Zico's and then both headed home for some BBQs!

OK, so that was the short and sweet version of both races... :)  Nothing too exciting, I know!


Everyone PLEASE cross your fingers for this weekend.  My dad and I are taking a VERY short trip down to Florida to try seeing the very last shuttle launch.  It's supposed to launch on Friday but that doesn't look too promising so I'm hoping and praying it goes up at some point this weekend.   Even if it doesn't, it'll be fun to just hang out with my dad for the weekend.  We'll get some Disney fun in as well. 

Plus we'll be heading to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time, I can't wait! 

When I get back I'll try to get my Spartan Race recap up ASAP!


  1. Small, local races are so fun, and I like how they all have their own personalities. I can't wait until Wine and Dine though, since that will be my first 'big race'.

    I saw something on Twitter from you that said you were at Newark...and I thought, wow, you get to travel a lot - you're so lucky!

    Have a great time in Florida, and hope you get to watch the shuttle launch. That would be incredible.

  2. Congrats on the PR's - very cool.

    Good luck with the weekend trip!

  3. Way to rock the PR's!!

    Have a great time in FL!! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for a shuttle launch. I'm interested to hear about Harry Potter - one of these days I'll need to make it over there.

  4. Great job on your races. You will love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!

  5. Congrats on the PRs! And good luck making it to the shuttle launch!

  6. congratulations on the PRs! Great races :-)

  7. Congratulations on two really great runs!!

    And congrats on the shuttle launch. I see that you were there and that it did happen. So Yay! A shuttle launched during Princess Weekend, but the cloud cover blocked the view. :(

    Have you seen what the WDW HALF medal is going to look like this year? I know it is a ways out, but I'm antsy!

  8. Congrats on your PR's! Great job!!! :0)

  9. @Lisa... yeah, I love the local race feel! And it still blows my mind about how much I've traveled this year. I normally don't! 2012 is looking like a slow year though :)

    @Amanda...thanks! :)

    @Emily... thanks! Harry Potter was awesome, hopefully I'll post some pics soon!

    @Kelley..thank ya! And HP was amazing!! I loved everything about it :)

    @kilax...thanks! Luckily the shuttle went up without a hitch!

    @melie...thank ya :)

    @FF...thank you!