Monday, July 4, 2011

2011 Alliant Energy 8K race, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Because it's a holiday there are a variety of great races around the area. The one I chose to race is the Alliant Energy Fifth Season Races 8K. For those of you who don't know an 8K distance is within .03 of 5 miles. So basically it's a 5 mile race. This race had cash prizes and some of the best people in the country come to this race to run for the cash. The winner of this race today was Macdonard Ondara from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is 26 years old and ran this race in ONLY 22:41. Amazing. This means his pace was a 4:34 minute mile. WOW!

The day started out just gorgeous. 64 degrees with medium humidity. A slight breeze and sunny. I ran this race in 48:38 for a 9:55 mile pace. I placed 747 of 872 total people. 281 out of 346 females. I placed 49 out of 65 in my age group of 35-39.

I started out the race not feeling 100%, but my motto is: You sign up for a race, you run it no matter what. The first mile I felt ok, but my first mile was 10:36. That's really bad for me. I hoped to run a bunch faster than that. By mile 3, my time was 29:39 so I had sped up a tiny bit. My shins were hurting in both legs today until mile 2 1/2. Then my IT band was hurting in my right leg until around mile 3 and both my ankles in the front were hurting. After mile 3 I felt amazing and ran a great last 2 miles! I think I could have ran 10 miles today the way I was feeling, but who knows since I haven't run further than 5 miles since my half marathon on May 7th. I'm trying to up the miles super slowly so my next Half Marathon on September 10th is done with better leg health.

There was lots of food at the end to choose from, ie: oranges, bananas, apples, granola bars, fruit treats, water, cookies, gatorade and muffins!

In our race packet there are free sandwiches for Chick-fil-a. I think I got 5 free sandwiches, so those will be fun to redeem. There was also a massage table at the end of the race so I took advantage of that.

After the 8K race was done there was a 5K race. I stayed around to watch a couple friends run that. Overall a great race!

Before the race at 6:15a.m.

Race just started.  I'm off to a great start!

Running in to the finish.  Thank you Jason for coming with to take great pictures!

Almost at the finish!
Very festive shorts.  Jason thought I was silly to take a picture.

1 comment:

Jason said...

I have never seen you run so fast as you did that last 200 meters. You would have out raced Stephanie with that final kick. Thanks for letting me be your camera man. The only regret I have is that I didn't do the race.