Today was the annual North Stonington Education Fund 5k race with kids races. Since the race starts only 3/4 mile from our house and supports the local schools, we decided to attend again this year. I ran to the start, Alex and Vicki rode bikes and Amanda rode in the trailer behind Anna’s bike. Of course it was hot and humid (73F and 80% humidity).
Vicki and Alex had fun running their 1/4 mile and 1/2 races respectively. Alex ran just over 6 min for the 1/2 mile, but was a bit slow because he was running for about 30 minutes while waiting on the race.
I actually set a new PR (Personal Record) for the 5k (3.1 miles). I ran a 20:39, which is more than 3 minutes off my time from the same race last year (which was a PR last year). It was also good enough for 1st place in my age group. I still have some work to get below the 20 min mark, but I am pretty pleased with the race.
I have completed my contribution to our Ragnar relay. My final 6.3 miles were run at a 8:33/mile pace. My hip was very tight and that was my limiting factor for speed. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my running. I ran 24.3 miles at an overall average of 8:00/mile!
I finished my second run. 9.3 miles at a 8:00/mile pace, in the dark. Again I was faster than anticipated. I killed 8 on that leg and finally got passed. Apparently there are only about 17 teams left ahead of us. Of course, theoretically, the faster teams actually started behind us so we should start getting passed by faster teams. Time will tell.
I survived my first run of 9 miles. I ended up running a little faster than planned: average 7:32/mile for 9 miles. Hopefully I won’t regret that later. I did get 11 kills (overtaking another runner).
Vote for our team by texting to 53535:
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Van Icky Kitty 90
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That is for best fashion, van decorations, and team name.
A couple of months ago, some running friends asked me to join their Ragnar Relay Team. From the Ragnar website:
“Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.”
So today, I will join a large number of people who have decided to pay people for the privilege of running a lot. We are running Cape Cod, from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown, MA for about 186 miles.
I am runner #7 on our team and my total is 24 miles. Hopefully I will still be able to walk when this is over.