Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k Race Recap 6/2/18

The only time I’d be near the pace car

Ah, Freihofer’s . . . the race that I love to hate and love again. It was my very first race ever. Seriously, I “trained” for it for like a year. It’s a 5k.

Fast forward eight years, and I toed the line knowing this wouldn’t be a PR, but still willing to try my best . . . did I? You be the judge!

You get cookies & bread from the sponsor

Packet Pickup
This was the first time I ran the race since they moved the expo to the Armory. Everyone likes the new space, although it’s just as far away (if not further) than the old expo near the Egg for me. Parking, while I wouldn’t exactly call it plentiful, was free.

I actually like the race tee for a change, but you need to go up a size; they run small

Packet pickup was easy, but then we went midday Friday. You can collect stickers from the vendors to be eligible to enter some nice raffled prizes — alas, I did not win anything. It’s a smallish expo but there was a nice mix of vendors.

Unfortunately the space is not air conditioned, but since it wasn’t too crowded it wasn’t bad. The barefoot masseuse was one of the weirder vendors. I might’ve tried it, but I didn’t want to make my friends wait. Plus, nothing new before the race!

What do you think? Would you do it?

The barefoot masseuse was one of the weirder vendors. I might’ve tried it, but I didn’t want to make my friends wait. Plus, nothing new before the race!

Part of the former elite panel

Thursday night I went to the panel of former winners — and Joan Benoit Samuelson. She was quick to point out that she’s never actually run the race, although her friends were quick to point out that she’s won enough. Sadly, few people attended.

Waiting for the start

My Race Plan
Seriously, there was no plan. This race is always very crowded and tends to be hot. My plan was simple: do what felt right on race day but try not to go out too fast.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 9:31. My watch was doing some funky things that first mile, but looking back at the last time I ran this race, the first mile seemed a normal time. Most of my friends say they feel this mile was accurate according to their watches, although a couple also felt there was something off about the first mile. If this is accurate, it’s actually the fastest mile I have ever run in a race — or ever (but I’m not sure if the buildings interfered with the Garmin). Interestingly (to me, anyway) there’s a slight hill for almost the entire first mile. My guess is it was nearer to a 10 mm. I have been doing 400m repeats, and that’s my target pace for them, but I definitely think this mile would have felt much, much harder if 9:31 was my actual pace.
  2. Mile 2: 10:36. Mile two is really mostly coming back down the hill. The race is so congested, though; I was just held back by runners a lot. I know this is normally the case for this race, and therefore never target it as a PR opportunity.
  3. Mile 3: 10:13. Mile three starts with a slight hill (none of the hills in this race are really that bad), but then it flattens out and starts to head downhill towards the finish.
  4. Last .1: 8:08. A downhill sprint to the finish line (although according to my Garmin is was .33, no doubt due to the weaving I did the entire race).

32:57 — Official Time
10:36 — Average Pace
92 out of 235 in my AG
1394 out of 3500+ runners

2016: 36:02
2010: 40:58

Despite this being the slowest 5k of my last three 5ks in the last six weeks, I am not at all disappointed. As you can see, it was a course PR for me by almost 3 minutes. I weaved too much and the course was long for me — I usually try not to weave a lot, but it was just so frustrating not being able to run my own race. Part of that is also my run/walk intervals, but I still feel that works for me.

There is a finish line video up on Youtube (find it here) — I’m at about 33:50 (guntime!). I had to watch it like five times before I saw myself. You can see how congested it is even at the finish.

A friend of Darlene’s captured this photo — don’t we all look happy? I am in the light blue skirt and black top.

The weather & dressing
Well, I finally ran a 5k it didn’t rain on, although I think we all wish it had. It was warm and humid, but the cloud cover helped and unlike the race two years ago, I didn’t have to sit down immediately afterwards.

I wore my Cool It Skirt and Racecation Tank from Skirt Sports. It was the perfect outfit for me. Don’t forget to use code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items at Skirt Sports.

A necklace at the finish was a nice touch this year

Was the race well run?
Freihofers is well run, but it’s also a bit chaotic with the sheer number of people. There is a corral start, but I personally think they ought to start going with a wave start. Most of the streets you run through are narrow and I could never find my own running space and got trapped behind runners going too slow for me (again, part of that is my run/walk strategy) again and again.

Having an actual sink with soap and paper towels by the portapotties is a really nice touch though, I must say! We used them early and there was no line. Later on there was quite long lines.

Parking is supposed to be free — or at least a lot of people thought so — I chose to park at the visitor lot under the Egg, and as far as I’m concerned, it was worth the $5 to have access to a real bathroom before and after and come back to a nice, cool car, too.

All the Freihofers Training Challenge ladies — I’m a few rows back on the left. Good luck finding me, LOL! In a weird twist of fate I was standing next to someone in the exact same Newtons as me . . . 

Would I run this race again? If I’m here, I always run this race. It was also fun mentoring so many wonderful ladies and seeing their hard work pay off.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup



Wrapping up the mentoring: 5/28 – 6/3 Weekly Wrap

Another autograph added to my famous runners visor (which includes Frank Shorter, Deena Kastor, and Bart Yasso among others — I’ve been lucky to meet some very cool runners!). Some sleepless nights, some hot runs, and one last 5k for the summer (next race will be a 4 miler).

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another week of training and racing.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 treadmill miles (time crunch due to going to parents)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (8 x 400m repeats) — total of 6 miles, PB Standing Abs
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 2 miles easy + 6 x 20 second strides (was supposed to be 8), Iron Strength Glute Blaster
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Freihofers Women’s 5k
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Pilates Abs & Arms (I was totally going to take another rest day, until I realized I’d already had 2 rest days this week!)

Mileage: 15.5ish (-2.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates



I so wanted to go to the unofficial FTC run, but we had to be on the road by 10 — I know it sounds like it would be easy to get in those miles before we left, but since I also had to feed the furkids (which is complicated), shower, change, make sure we had stuff for the dogs with us — time runs out quickly.

It was a strong easy run on the treadmill, if that makes sense.

Wildflowers along the path

I wanted to do this run on Tuesday, but going to my parents is always a tiring day and this was speedwork, so I knew I was better off putting it off a day. Both days were hot and humid, by the way.

While I didn’t hit my paces for much of the 8 x 400m on tap, I was pretty consistent and consistently close. It was also 74 and humid by the time I finished, there wasn’t as much shade as the previous week — yes, I’m really happy with this run!

I had planned to move the easy run with strides to this day since I prefer some rest before a race — even when it’s a 5k, even when it’s not a goal race. After a mostly sleepless night Tuesday and a hard run on Wednesday, I figured rest would be more important.

Then I got out there to walk the dogs, and it was actually quite pleasant with some cloud cover and a breeze. And Friday is supposed to be rainy. So I quickly changed, made all the furkids wait on their breakfasts, skipped my warmup and just ran.

We all survived.

At the start with 3000+ new running buddies

When I opened the door to check the weather early in the morning, OMG it was so humid. Horrible. But by race time (9 am) the humidity had greatly dissipated and the cloud cover helped a lot, too.

I know a lot of people were complaining about the heat, but while it definitely wasn’t cool, it didn’t really bother me that much. It must have been my Skirt Sports Cool It skirt — all my hot runs lately (and there have been a few) in it have gone really well.

That was the race the group I was mentoring was training for, and while I will miss mentoring, I’ll enjoy having more flexibility with my running now — especially as it’s time to ramp it up for my next half next month.

I’ll recap the race on Tuesday.

Favorites of the week
You just never know what you’ll run into in this neighborhood. Well, any neighborhood I’ve ever lived in really. But we don’t live out in the country. Yet I was astounded to see that black goose wandering around our neighborhood while walking the dogs and on my run on Thursday.

When I googled Black Geese (read more about them here) — and there are several species of them that live in North America — none of them looked like the fellow I saw. Maybe he’s the opposite of an albino? Or maybe he’s young and will get more white later? Anyone have any answers for me? Actually, Paula @ Neveradullbling had an answer — a domesticated black swan, most likely a pet. Except he/she? was just wandering free in the neighborhood; it never occurred to me that it wasn’t a wild animal!

Joanie & other former elite runners

I met Joan Benoit Samuelson briefly at the panel of former winners for the Freihofers Run for Women,.

Like runners, these raised beds cleaned up nicely

My raised bed have gone to weed the last few years. Quite literally. Between Chester, Bandit, and my parents, I just did not have the time for them. Mr. Judy helped me whip them into shape and I planted my small garden.

Skirt Sports — it’s not just for running!

Mr. Judy also turned a small pallet that had been slowly decaying behind our shed into a small planter for me. The planters weren’t really deep enough for the plants, but they’re mostly herbs and herbs are pretty hardy so we’ll see how they do.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you garden?

Favorite thing to grow?

Ever run an all women’s race?

I need shoes! Stat!: Spilling over tea/coffee June 2018


I seriously can’t believe that I am striking out finding the running shoes I need at a decent price from all the usual suspects. Our local Fleet Feet doesn’t carry my Newtons. There is another really local store (as in not a chain) but it’s a good thirty minute ride from here.

I’d tell you I just might have to break down and go there!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.


If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am kicking myself for not buying a couple of pairs of my beloved Newton Motion running shoes last year. Or running in my current pair so much. It’s time for a new pair. I can barely find them, and I certainly am not finding them cheap. But I need them.

Brooks Ghosts have gotten me across the finish line of more than one half, but I absolutely prefer the lightness of my Newtons. Excuse me while I have a mini panic attack here!

It should be easy to just get into this and run . . . 

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I’m actually beginning to believe that it’s harder to get ready for a run in the heat than a run in the cold — just don’t ask me why it’s taken me nine years to come to that conclusion.

The clothes are pretty easy, although shimmying in and out of a shelf bra is a workout in and of itself. Then there’s the sunscreen, the antichafe cream, and the bug spray. And I often braid my hair, too!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I was planning a run at the path near the bakery all us locals love last Friday. Haven’t been in forever. Certainly not since 2017. Partly because I just needed a change of scenery and partly because, you know, bakery.

Except they closed down until early June for remodeling! The horrors! Or maybe I was saved. It was only a 5 mile run. Did I really need to visit a bakery for that?  Especially considering the holiday weekend and Mr. Judy being home for four days (and eating a cookie the size of my head at my parents’ Memorial Day picnic).

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that Rachel @ Runningonhappy has been taking it kind of easy on me. I hate writing that, because no doubt she’ll see it and I’ll regret saying that!

I have yet to run more than 7 miles this year. I trust her completely, I’m not worried, and I’m confident I’ll toe the start line of my first 2018 half well trained. And there have definitely been plenty of hard workouts — 10 x 400m repeats, I’m looking at you! I used to think I liked speed work!

This dog that barely ate when we got him has developed amazing laser like focus when it comes to training now (this involved some hamburger)

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that a bird has nested underneath our deck and there are definitely some baby birds in that nest. We can’t see them, but we sure can hear them. It’s actually quite near the door we go in and out with the dogs, but they haven’t seemed to notice.

Until one night when we were grilling and eating outside on the deck. Bandit was mesmerized. He kept looking down, occasionally scratching at the deck, cocking his head this way and that, trying to figure out how to get at those baby birds.

He couldn’t of course, and it kept him from begging for some of our steak as he normally does, not to mention it kept us entertained, too. I’d call that a win-win.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Have you had trouble finding your favorite running shoes when you really needed them?

Which is worse — dressing for a cold or hot run?

Have a favorite place you run to?


Today I am also  joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy. I’m pretty sure this won’t be readable in five minutes so I apologize in advance!

May 2018: Did I pass?


The weather turned much nicer in May — sometimes — although there was still a lot of rain. My runs are getting done, they’ve been strong, and my body feels generally good.

Yet I’ve been slacking in a lot of areas and just not motivated to do a lot of the chores that need to get done. That vacation can’t come soon enough!

Getting in scheduled runs
Runs are going pretty good. Early days, still.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I am slipping a little bit here. Sometimes I’ll make a few notes, but not record distance, time, pace and splits til much later. Sometimes I’ll record distance and that’s pretty much it for that day. Sometimes I make my notes for Rachel @ Runningonhappy right away; and sometimes I don’t.

Grade Earned: 

Did the warmup make for a good 5k?

Dynamic Warmup
I’m still going pretty strong with my dynamic warmups. Sometimes they’re rather abbreviated; sometimes not. I even did it — and a warmup mile — before my 5k this month.

Grade Earned: A

Foam Rolling
I skipped the foam rolling one night last week when we were out until almost my normal bedtime (not saying much; I go to bed early!). I definitely felt the lack the next morning. I don’t think this is a case of how it feels during, but how you’re going to feel later.

Grade Earned: A-

I was chowing down on my home made granola without really worrying how much I was sprinkling on. There were multiple rich dinners out with the fam. Some of the “healthy” snacks I made may just have had a bit too much sugar for me.

I realized all this, though, and pulled myself together and stopped with the granola. Well, actually I’d already finished it off. 🙂 But I didn’t make more! I switched things up. I was rewarded on the scale at the end of the month.

Grade Earned: B+


  • Massage? Check.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Check.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Probably!

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
I was back and forth with yoga this month, but it’s definitely dropped off. My weekly mileage hasn’t gotten that high yet, but life has been busy nonetheless. Most of my cross training was 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. You do what you can and something is always better than nothing!

Grade Earned: B+

5k = check!

May 2018  gets  . . . 
. . . a B+. I’m grading myself a little harshly because I know that I can — and should — do better in some pretty important areas and I don’t really have a good reason why I’m not.

May Goals:

  • Wall sit 30 seconds 1 x week (net downhill half in July). N. Not often, anyway. Once in a while.
  • Strength train 2-3 x week. Y. Short sessions mostly, but done!
  • Foam roll — really foam roll. Y. Except one night recently. And I regretted it!
  • Chiropractor visit. Y. Today, as a matter of fact.
  • Run a 5k. Y.
  • Greens daily. Y.
  • Ankle/knees prehab. N. Not enough, anyway. So far I feel good, thankfully.
  • Shoot for a couple of classes at Wellnest Studios. N.
  • Look at hotels for 18.12 Challenge. N.
  • Continue researching what to do in ID (feel free to suggest something if you’ve been!). Y. We booked our flights and decided on which towns we want to visit.  We have some hotels. I’ve researched some hikes, but it’s not quite all done yet.

Which leads me to June Goals:

  • Prehab; and anything is better than nothing.
  • Strength train 2-3 x week.
  • Foam roll — really foam roll.
  • Chiropractor visit.
  • Run a 5k.
  • Greens daily. That was actually a March goal, and I’ve kept up with it.
  • Berries daily — they’re so good for you and they’re coming into season now!
  • Shoot for a couple of classes at Wellnest Studios.
  • Book a hotel for 18.12 Challenge

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


The Heat is On: 5/21 – 27 Weekly Wrap

Well, it was, anyway. The mercury just kept going up and up and up this week — right until today.  Today it’s cool and raining. A perfect rest day with a little retail therapy thrown in there.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another week of pretty strong running.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 miles easy + 3 miles with FTC Training Group, PB 10 minute core
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (10 x 400m repeats) — total of 6 miles, PB Stability Ball Tabata (25 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday:  3 miles easy + 2 miles fast finish, Pilates Abs & Stretch
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy with FTC Training Group, Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Retail Therapy (hey, about 4000 steps walking around that mall!), Maybe some yoga later . . .

Mileage: 18 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates



This week I did manage to meet up with Running Buddy J for extra miles before the training group. It was the last official Monday for the group — the race isn’t until next Saturday, but there’s no “official” group next Monday since it’s Memorial Day.

I see why Lotta Breeze Skirt is getting so many good reviews


I had a choice: run in the cold rain yesterday, or run in much warmer temps and some humidity this morning. My choice was obvious.

While I wouldn’t say I nailed this speedwork, I’m really happy with it — I managed to hit my pace in half the intervals. I’m not sure why it was easier this week since it was a lot warmer, but thankfully the shade held for most of my run.


Thank goodness for shade!

Mr. Judy took Friday & Monday off, which meant I could askbeg him to walk the dogs so that I could get out for my run a little early. Because it was going to warm up quickly. I still fed the furkids, so I didn’t get out there until almost 8:30, but it saved me some time and the path was blessedly still shady by the time I got there.


I now have a Cool It Skirt in blue, too. They also come in white.

The first three miles were supposed to be easy, and they were, but I kept trying to slow down. I probably still ran them a little faster than I should have considering that I was supposed to pick up the pace the last two miles — but I nailed it even so (even Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy said so)! Overall this actually came close to my 5 mile tempo run a week or so ago.

I can’t say enough good things about the Cool It Skirt from Skirt Sports (Skirt Sports Amabassador). The Lotta Breeze Skirt was really comfortable too, but the Cool It Skirt is so light and I can carry enough water with me for about a 5-6 mile run with the extra pockets. Use code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items.


Skirt Sports is cropping up at the Freihofers Training Group

Our last training group run on a Saturday — the race is next Saturday! Unfortunately there was far too much talking before we got started. It was hot & humid. It’s a holiday weekend and some people had places they needed to be.


I ended up running near the BOTP with a woman who was really struggling this week. She told me her story, and this woman is more than a survivor, she’s a thriver! She was really beating herself up because she was struggling, and I could see she really wanted to just shorten the run. Although we walked a lot, I managed to distract her enough to complete the whole run. I knew she could do it — she’s already beaten so much (and shes 15 years younger than me!). I hope that she felt better about herself after sticking it out.


Refueling with risotto

Favorites of the week
Mr.Judy took Friday and Monday off, so we actually went out to eat Friday evening. It’s a very nice restaurant with outdoor seating, and it was plenty warm enough to eat outside. Doesn’t everything taste better outside? Despite the fact that the restaurant is in a strip mall, they have a lot of greenery around the outdoor patio and it was really pleasant.



Buying shoes is a good deed, right?

Today, unfortunately, is pretty much a wash out. Not like in FL, but rain most of the day. I didn’t want to sit at home, I wasn’t motivated to do the things that need to be done at home (broken record here), so retail therapy it was. I got some cute things at good prices — although these Toms were not on sale but hey, they’re cute, they’re comfy, and they donate a pair of shoes to a kid in need. So I did a good thing, right?


What membrame?

We are going to try these ribs in the Instant Pot tonight. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve made ribs. We’d read that you need to remove the membrame. Well, after about 20 minutes of us both struggling with it, we decided it must have already been removed. I got them at Trader Joes, by the way. So if anyone knows if Trader Joes already removes the membrame . . . . well, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

I hope everyone who is celebrating has a safe, happy Memorial Day. Hugs to all the wives/husbands whose significant other is deployed. Remember to give thanks tomorrow — I’ll be thanking my Dad for his service; he’s a WWII vet.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you enjoy eating outside?

Do you have any veterans in your family?

What’s on the menu tomorrow (we’ll be with my parents for a picnic)?

Who likes running with their dog?: Runfessions May 2018


I runfess I am still looking for my mojo. Not my running mojo, the runs are getting done. But all the things to support the running? The things I need to do around the house? I runfess I’m struggling with it all. I’m not quite sure why. I think it’s a combination of the never ending winter, all the rain with its accompanying grayness, and the fact that we pretty much seemed to have skipped over spring (except for a day here and there) and gone straight into summer.

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to get a few things off my chest.

I runfess . . .
I did it again. I let my inbox get way out of control towards the end of 2017. But I knuckled down for months (literally) at the beginning of the year and cleaned it all out.

I am proud to say that I delete emails almost daily and it has remained clutter free. Until I go on vacation, of course.

I runfess . . .
I was not super pleased when my mom asked to change our Mother’s Day brunch from Sunday to Saturday. She spends a lot of time telling us just how boring it is there — I get it, they can’t just get in a car and go where they want to — but then half the time when we try to make plans to visit they’re going out to something. This time it was to a play on Mother’s Day.

I would have to miss the training group and their “picnic”.  Then the forecast changed to 100% rain. Maybe she did me a favor. Except of course we had to drive down there in that rain. At least I didn’t have to endure another soggy, cold run. And as it turned out, I had the most amazing run on Friday — and perfect weather, too.

Thanks, Mom!

Seemed like a good idea

I runfess . . .
Digging through a new protein powder container for the scoop – and getting protein powder under my nails — is a pet peeve.

So when I bought a new container (on sale!) and it said the scoop was in the top, I was psyched. The collapsible scoop, as it turned out. Which was really hard to un-collapse! I don’t really care for it, plus it makes it hard to figure out what’s half or a quarter of a scoop — and sometimes that’s all I use.

I give them points for trying, but they didn’t stick the landing IMHO.

I runfess . . .
I had a great prehab routine I started in April. I was doing it almost every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. My main goal for my 18 mile race is to finish uninjured (within the time limit, of course). I’m definitely not looking to crush it, just finish it with a smile on my face.

But somehow in May I have lost my motivation. I’m still doing it . . . sometimes . . . maybe once a day . . . a few times  a week . . . I know that it’s going to be a key part to crossing that finish line with a smile on my face so while I don’t necessarily need to do it daily or three times a day, I really need to do it a few times a week.

One of us likes this


I runfess . . .
I am not super fond of running with Bandit. There, I said it. Darn dog wants to stop and pee every time I stop to walk. It’s also clear that he loves it. At least most of the time.

So I think I’ve come to a good compromise: I pick him up for my cool down (when I can) and run just under a mile with him. He can keep a decent pace for that short a run and I’m cooling down anyway.

Ever gotten a collapsible scoop for something?

Do you really love to run with your dog?

What do you have to runfess from May? Come join us


I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.


Jogs for Jugs 5k Race Recap 5/19/18


I don’t normally run a lot of 5ks, period. And I rarely run 5ks in the spring/ summer. Usually I’m too deep in training for a half, plus I’m not particularly fond of racing when it’s hot, but my first half of 2018 is still two months away.

Jogs for Jugs benefits local Breast Cancer survivors. Both my mom and my MIL are survivors. There is a half marathon and a 5k. This race used to be at a lovely location that was about an hour away, but this year it moved to the same town park my training group runs at — which just happens to be really close to where I live. Despite the forecast rain, I finally made up my mind to run it.

My thinking was this: I could meet up with the training group (at the same park!) and have to run several more miles afterwards, most likely in a cold rain, or I could just race and be done with it.

Too bad it’s cotton — it’s cute though!

Packet Pickup
By the time I made up my mind to run the race, online registration had closed. There was Friday afternoon packet pickup, but there was also race day morning packet pickup. Guess which I chose?!

Packet pickup was easy. The tiny hiccup? Apparently they couldn’t read my writing and my results are under Julie Litt. Since I hadn’t registered early, no race tee for me (although I was able to pick one of the cotton tees up after the race).

Just me and my new friends waiting for the start

Since I wasn’t with friends this time — and the weather wasn’t too bad, I actually did my warm up. I timed it wrong, though, and had to hang around a while before the race started, but that allowed me to chat with the friend of a friend and her friends.

Not during the race, but we ran up this same hill every week in the training group

My Race Plan
I did not have real plan for the race. Not go out so fast was the big plan, and I knew it wouldn’t be a problem because there’s a big old hill pretty much right where you start.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:55. Maybe I could have pushed myself just a little harder this mile, but I didn’t want to run out of gas like I had in my previous 5k.
  2. Mile 2: 10:35. This is a pretty flat mile. I could tell when we got to the turnaround that the course was going to be short — and it was. The rain also started about halfway through this mile, but since we were already warm from running, it didn’t bother me.
  3. Mile 3: 10:03. The race is an out and back. So I got to fly down the big old hill on the way back.
  4. Last .01: 8:54. A sprint to the finish! Which is also a slight uphill . . .

31:41 — Official Time
10:12 — Average Pace
5 our of 12 in my AG
36 out of 88 runners

This is probably the smallest 5k I have ever run. Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore keeps telling me that’s what I need to do to win an AG award. I keep saying it ain’t gonna happen. Well, it didn’t happen today. But never say never.

Nope, it still wasn’t a PR — would have been close, except the course was short — but I am much happier with this race than Cherry Blossom (read about that race here). Very nice negative splits! I’m sure those 10 x 400s on Wednesday from Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy (and the hill) helped.

I have another 5k in a couple of weeks, but it’s much larger, very crowded, and usually quite warm. For me it tends to be a slow race. Maybe in the Fall I’ll finally PR a 5k . . .

Judys celebrating finishing

The weather & dressing
The weather was in the low 50s with a slight breeze. When I got there I was wearing my Skirt Sports 261 Fearless Capris, Wonder Wool Tee with the Wonder Wool Jacket over it, and a hoodie over that. I took off everything (except the tee, of course!) before starting my warm up. I put on the rain coat I’d brought, and knew I’d be too warm in it. I decided the tee would be good enough and it was.

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Was the race well run?
Well . . . kind of. It’s the first time it was held at this location. Parking isn’t super easy — they suggested you park at the pool, which is a pretty good walk from the start. I decided to get there early (around 7:45; the race started at 9), and was able to park at the boat launch, which is a short walk to the start. Between my warm up, using the real bathrooms!, and running into several people I knew and meeting some new people, I never felt as though I was just waiting around. That and I had to register, of course.

The race started almost 15 minutes late, though. I have no idea why. Luckily it was quite a cool day so it wasn’t a big deal. Although I’m sure the half marathoners, who ended up running in rain for much of their race, weren’t too happy at the slightly late start.

And, of course, there was the slightly short course. It came out to 3.01 on my Garmin, and my Garmin is usually quite accurate. On the other hand, it was the old school timing chips you put on your shoes — no start mat. So maybe I just started my watch late? I’d like to believe it was really 3.1 because although it wasn’t a PR, the official time was quite close to my 5k PR — but considering my watch had almost the exact same time but a shorter course — and I wasn’t the only one — yeah, I don’t think so.

Would I run this race again? Yes, of course, it’s a good cause.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup