Monday, April 16, 2012

Dreams Don't Always Come True...

The night before the B.A.A. 5k, I dreamt that I ran the race in 16 minutes...and then my alarm went off, and I realized it was only dream.  Imagine my disappointment!

I hopped out of bed, skipped the shower (what's the point?) and made some coffee.  I have been cutting back on my coffee consumption lately, so I only had half a cup.

On my way out the door, I toasted a sesame bagel and smeared it with whipped cream cheese.  I don't know if it was my nerves, the coffee, or the food, but my stomach wasn't very happy with me.  I'm still trying to perfect my "race day" routine. 

I met up with my friend Stacey (who kicked my butt in the Black cat Race) and her friend Sydney. They also brought along a personal coat rack, Stacey's boyfriend, Alex. He was such a champ to wake up that early on a Sunday just to hold our stuff, cheer us on, and take our picture.

This race had 6000 participants, so it was really crowded.  We made the mistake of getting into the line up pretty late, so we were at the end of the pack.  I lost Stacey and Sydney almost right away.  I spent the rest of the race weaving in and out of people, and trying not to trample all the 10 year olds.

My goal was to PR and finish in 26 minutes.  Sadly, It didn't happen! :(

Official time: 27:17
Nike+ Pace: 8:23

I liked this race a lot, and I plan to do it again next year.  They gave out sweet medals (Yay for Unicorns!), nice tech shirts, and little food bags with bagels, Gatorade, a cup of fruit, sparkling grape juice(?), and a Powerbar. 
Another awesome thing about this race is that the finish line is the same for the Boston Marathon, so when you cross the finish line, you can pretend you ran the marathon instead of the 5k, which is exactly what I did. :)

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