By now you hopefully you have read the general recap we had on the weekend of festivities. Since it was a lot of information, we decided to break it in to two posts-one for the race as a whole (parking, expo, festivities) and then our individual experiences (which you will find below).
KERRY’S RACE RECAP
I had gone back and forth for at least 2 months on whether I was going to sign up for this race or not. I really wanted to do the Hat Trick (running the 5k, 10k, and Half) but for some reason just couldn’t commit. I finally made the decision to go for it and had been really training to prepare myself.
2 weeks before the event, my hip started to bother me and I started getting nervous I wouldn’t be able to swing all 3 races. I rested for 2 weeks–stretched, iced, rollled–you name it. As the weekend approached, I was still nervous as to how I would feel. I knew I could at least run the 5k but would have to gauge how I felt after that to decide whether I could finish the other 2. Luckily, Lara was running the 5 & 10k so I knew I had some support with me.
Tackling this race was more difficult than I expected. To start, I really had my mind on my hip and prepare myself mentally that I may not get through it. The second part, is that while the first race is a 5k, you have to make sure you pace yourself and don’t give it your all (like I normally would for a 5k) because an hour later I had to run another 6.2 miles. The heat also added another element because I knew I had to really run smart. The 5k started at 7am so luckily it wasn’t that hot…yet. I really told myself to go slow but of course, I didn’t. I ran the 5k in 23:57-7:35 pace. I was hoping to go a little slower than that but oh well.
The 10k started at 8:30am so I had about an hour in between races. Lara and I made it a point to keep walking around so our muscles didn’t get tight. By the time the race started–it was hot. The sun was beating down. It was a tough race-probably the toughest I have done in some time. By mile 3, I was ready to quit. I can’t even remember the last time I felt like that. It didn’t help that it was pretty much one big hill from mile 3.5 through mile 5. I didn’t quit but I certainly slowed down by pace. I finished the race in 51:44-8:17 pace-which isn’t terrible considering the factors. Since I completed both races, I got some nice bling.
Lara and I rewarded ourselves with a hot dog and a beer and called it a day. Although I couldn’t help thinking about the half marathon I was slated to run Sunday.
The final leg on my quest for the Hat Trick was a half marathon. When I woke up Sunday I was a little nervous. I was afraid my hip would be killing me but also I was a little afraid about the heat. To my surprise, my hip felt good. It was still hot and humid but at least it was overcast and the sun wasn’t beating down. I was a little lonely at the start but managed to rest and relax.
I came prepared for this race. I ran with my own water/Gatorade mix and told myself I was just going to take it easy. This wasn’t about a PR but about playing it smart and taking it slow. The race started at 7am sharp which helped to beat the heat. I didn’t feel nearly as bad for this race as I did for the 10k. The course was nice. It was a combination of main roads and back roads. There was a pretty long stretch of hills between miles 6-9 but after that, it wasn’t so bad. I kept telling myself to take it slow and for once, I actually listened! I completed the race in 1:56-8:50 pace. Definitely a slower race for me but I was so happy that I finished it and was able to collect the rest of my bling! My hip held up well and I think I am finally on the mend. I am so happy that I was able to run all three races and participate in a great event.
LARA’S RACE RECAP
I didn’t decided to sign up until kind of last minute. Once I knew Kerry was a go for the Hat Trick, I admit, I got a little jealous. It had made it a 2015 goal of mine to complete the Hat Trick, but the race series never made it to the Boston area that year. So when I saw it was coming this year, I wanted it. But then I was recovering from injury AND committed to a full marathon. So I dial back and settled for the Five and Dime.
I picked Kerry up bright and early Saturday morning so that we could get our bibs. Actually, it was so early, it wasn’t even bright. We made it to the race venue with plenty of time and there was absolutely NO waiting at the expo. There wasn’t even a line at the port-a-potties.
All the way up until race time, I couldn’t decide how to run each race. Once I was out on the 5K, I knew I could push it hard and get one of my better times in. So that’s what I did. I felt really good. It was just 7am so even though it was warm, the sun wasn’t high enough yet to be beating down. The course was somewhat flat and shaded. We just ran through local neighborhoods.
I finished with a 28:07, which ties for one of my fastest. I can’t remember if it’s a PR or if it’s less by just one second. Whatever it was, I was totally happy for that result. And the cold sponges they gave as we crossed the finish line was worth the price of admission!
We tried to keep our bodies warm in between races – it was about an hour wait. The sun was getting hot so we got some water in. Unfortunately, I was feeling a little hungry too but didn’t want to sample any new foods before running 6 miles. I wasn’t too worried because I knew the 10K would be a whole lot slower for me.
Oh and the porta potties this time around – even though there was no line. The toilet paper was empty in the first stall I went into. Yikes.
Kerry and I split up at the start line to get into our respective pace sections. Once I took off at the start, I could feel the tightness in my ankles and calves. It made me a little nervous but kept going. And I kept it slow. I even tried to keep my focus on the road just ahead of my feet. I didn’t want to be tempted by the people around me and try to speed up. I even walked through every water station. BTW – the first water station was awesome. They were all singing “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” It was a little bit awesome.
There was a GIGANTIC hill on mile 3. Maybe I’m exaggerating. But in the heat and sun, it was tough. I ran the entire thing and wanted to just be done. The top of the hill was wide open pavement saturated in sun. There were people out watering their lawn and I had to talk myself from asking them for a run through. By mile 4, I took my first walk break. It picked it up again and stopped again at mile 5 water station to walk a little extra. By this time, I was resigned to the fact that it was going to be close to 11min/mile.
Thanks to the help and encouragement of someone about 1/2 mile from the finish who kept pace with me, I didn’t feel the struggle to cross the finish line. She talked me through it and I thank you – whomever you are!
I forgot to stop my watch when I crossed because I just wanted that damn cold sponge! Needless to say, it was definitely not my best. And probably a PR for my slowest 10K to date.
But it enjoyed every single second of that day. I would definitely do it again. I would definitely take my time and experience the amaziness in the Celebrity Mile that happened after we scarfed down our hot dogs and beer (at 10:30am). All in all – it was a great experience!