Monday, August 20, 2012

Melon Run 5k Recap!

First off, yay! I did it! 

Where to start? Well, it was a gorgeous evening. Not too hot, but not chilly either. The sun was shining, and there was a nice breeze coming off the lake. We started off the night with Tater Tot running in the tot trot. I sent her off the start line and hubs was waiting down the road at the turnaround, which was a good thing because she totally ran out of gas. He jogged her back in to the finish line. She did great and was so proud of herself and her shiny new ribbon! If we're FB friends, you can see her pic on my page.

Next up was the 1 mile, which was won by an 11 year old girl! She won a year's worth of Buff@lo Wild Wings! Nice, eh? 

Time for the 5 and 10k! We all took off a the same time. Our loop took us through downtown Howell, up through the cemetery along the lake edge, through the park, and back down through town. The route was fantastic. I loved running next to the lake, and the change in surface from pavement to asphalt to woodchip trail to gravel kept it interesting. I really did not like running on gravel -- it felt too slippery. There were also TONS of hills. TONS. Even the last 1/8 of a mile was up a damn hill! The course was very well staffed. There were volunteers everywhere! This was especially nice on the backside of the cemetery where the trail was right next to a pretty steep drop down to the lake.

When we were standing in the starting herd, I realized that I lost a cover off one of my earbuds. I was bummed, but I just stuck the other one it and went with it. I need to get some over the ear headphone though -- I keep sweating the earbuds right out of my ears. Gross!

My official chip time was 44:32. I am completely happy with that, as my goal was to finish under 45 minutes. Just made it! I wasn't feeling too hopeful because I walked way more than I had planned on -- those hills were killer! The next day my hip flexors were so sore I could barely move! Lots of core strengthening for this girl!

My hubby ran the 10k and clocked his best time yet at 1:05:43! Very proud of him. He has set his sights on a sprint triathlon next year. First up though is his first 1/2 marathon this October.

Next up for me is the zoo 5k in September. That course should be super flat and all pavement, so it'll be interesting to see how I fare with that!

12 comments:

Jen said...

awesome!

jennxaz said...

that is so cool!!!! yay!! great job! I sweat my buds out to...I have to dry my inside ear and put back in...I sure wished I dewed instead of sweated buckets!

Terrie said...

great job!!

I have problems with ear buds, but I usually only wear one when I am around a lot of people so I can hear what is going on around me.

I want some of the new wireless bluetooth over ear head phones.

Beth Ann said...

So very proud of you, my friend!

Cheri said...

Congratulations!! What a milestone!!

MB said...

Way to go, Maria!

FitBy40 said...

Those hills messed up your time for sure...my first 5K there were no hills and it took me 45 min. so you killed it!
Did you feel like signing up for another one right away? That finishing high gets me every time!

MandaPanda said...

So proud of you!! I have the same trouble with my earbuds...I have to towel them off at the gym (eeewww). :)

H said...

Awesome work on the 5K. You will kill the one without hills!

Laura Belle said...

Freaking amazing girl!!! So proud of you!

adorkbl said...

AWESOME FREAKING JOB!!! You are a rockstar. So proud of you!!!

I love my over the ear earbuds. They are awesome.

Beth said...

Wow, that is some amazing stuff!