5K Race for Redemption

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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So, do you want to know the good news or the bad news first? Ok, I’ll decide for you. Let’s go with the bad news first since the good news is really good.

Bad news: I didn’t break 24 minutes. Wah.

Good news: I PR-ed and placed 3rd for women and 8th overall! Ok, there were only 71 participants (both runners and walkers), but, hey, it’s still makes me happy!

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The First Annual 5K Race for Redemption started at Braintree High School, where I hear there are some pretty amazing teachers, especially in the History department. It was a small race, so picking up my bib and t-shirt took no time at all. No line, no wait.

I had about 30 minutes to kill before the race started, so I used the bathroom inside the school and then stretched my legs and lower back, which were suddenly tight and sore from yesterday’s Squat Cleans. It’s like they knew I was about to run a race!

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The race route started out on Granite Street toward Five Corners and then took a bunch of right turns to make a loop back to the high school. Off of Granite Street, it turned right onto Franklin and then right on Washington Street, another right onto Pond Street, and then finally a right back onto Granite Street to finish the loop. It was mostly flat with a few hills on Pond Street, but nothing too crazy. I’ve definitely experienced worse!

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I always wear regular running sneakers for races, but, today, I wore my New Balance Minimus 20s, which seem to help me run faster or at least not as “goofy,” according to Mal. The minimalist style prevents me from heel-striking like a madwoman, so my running is more efficient. The Minimus 20s are also quite a bit lighter than regular sneakers.

FYI: It’s taken me nearly 7 months (aka since I started CrossFit) to be able to run long-ish (3-5 miles) distances in these sneakers. Minimalist shoes are usually an adjustment for runners (even experienced runners), so it’s important to transition cautiously and work your way up to longer and longer distances.

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Anyway, back to the race recap!

About 5 minutes before race time, the race director reviewed the course, warned us about the hills on Pond Street, and recommended that we drink a lot of water because we’d be “blazing” by the end. I love his use of the word “blazing.” Haha!

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Having everyone line up for the start of the race took a matter of seconds, which was so different from the races I’ve run in the past. I mean, I’ve stood in a corral for 30 minutes waiting to start a race on more than one occasion. It was also kind of nice being so close to the start line when the gun went off.

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At 9:00 on the dot, we went off running. My plan was to push myself in the beginning and try to keep up my pace for as long as possible. I figured if I could make it to mile 2 with two sub-8:00 miles, I’d be able to push through to the end. Well, my plan sort of worked. My first mile was 7:34, my second mile was 8:09, and my third was 8:06. (My Timex GPS watch was 11 seconds off from the race clock, so my splits aren’t accurate.) As you can see, I just couldn’t keep up my pace for the second and third miles. The heat was absolutely brutal, so it definitely affected my running. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t break 24 minutes, but I honestly gave it everything I had and no one who ever gave their best ever regretted it. I finished in 24:22, which was an average pace of 7:51. Next time, 5K!

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And you know what? I PR-ed!!! Did I say that I already? Ok, I did, but it’s still awesome.

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It was only 10:30 by the time I got home and showered, so I made myself an early lunch, which was a salad topped with sliced deli ham, homemade croutons, balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil.

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I also drank a celebratory iced coffee with coconut-almond milk.

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Thankfully, despite having ulcers on his eyes, Murphy hasn’t lost his appetite one bit.

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After lunch, I headed to the mall to do a little shopping. I stumbled upon an adorable sign with a fun quote from Julia Child: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” Just wanted to share. I wish it came in a different color because I totally would have bought it for our newly painted kitchen.

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After my shopping adventures, I came home and snacked on some pickles wrapped in deli ham. Random, but delicious.

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I also grabbed a plum to snack on.

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Last week, I received an email from ZOOMA with a bunch of questions about race t-shirts. Basically, they want to know what kind of t-shirts female runners most prefer, so they can offer the best ones to their race participants.

Here’s the t-shirt that I got from today’s race:

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It’s not the greatest shirt I have ever received, but it’s only the first year of the race, so I’m sure there wasn’t a huge budget for t-shirts.

My favorite shirts from races are either tech/sweat-wicking shirts (short or long-sleeve) or cotton long-sleeve shirts (like the one I got from the Cohasset Race by the Sea 10K), which I tend to wear a lot in the colder months. They’re so comfy and go well with my laid-back, jeans and t-shirts wardrobe. I also really like colorful shirts. White shirts are fine and all, but I tend to wear the ones with color more often. Plus, white shirts get grubby so quickly.

Question of the Day

What kinds of shirts do you prefer from races? Have you ever purchased a shirt from a race (outside of the one that comes with your registration)? If so, what kind of shirt was it? What does your favorite race shirt look like?

P.S. I’m on the search for another 5K to run, so I can break 24 minutes. Local runner friends, if you have recommendations, please let me know!



  1. I definitely agree with your opinion on race shirts. I love having long-sleeved shirts to use in the winter, and the colorful ones are fun. I have yet to get a tech race shirt, but I can’t wait for that day! Haha

  2. Congrats on your PR! So happy for you! I like the sweat wicking shirts too, and the occasional long sleeved one for the winter runs is great too. Colorful is great! I have one that is black with a neon color and sleeve trim and white lettering. That one really pops! Its a wicking tank, extra long, which is pretty great too!

  3. Your experience was just like mine at a 5K in June! I finished in 24:27, placed second in my age group and also started out way too fast. How’d you feel during the race? I felt like I never wanted to run again and like this was not worth it — but of course after I finished it was.

  4. I’m loving the salty pickle snack.. Mmmm!

    I’ve only done a couple of races so I’m not too sure about the type I like the best. Right now I’m not too picky – I just like to show off the races I’ve done 🙂

  5. Way to go!

    Feminine shirts! Shirts that are cut for women, not plain men’s style square shirts. V-neck options are great! Definitely colors, not just black or white. How about pink, green, blue, purple…I like regular t-shirts for just wearing around, but a really nice wicking tech shirt can be great for working out if they have the right cut.

  6. There is a great 5K in Wakefield, RI in November at the Mews Tavern called the “Gear n’ beer 5K”( I’m sure you see where I’m going with this..)! It starts and ends with a hill but its a blast if your looking for a fall run.
    After the race they usually serve local beers to the runners until the kegs run out AND you can enter a raffle to win pretty fantastic prizes !:) I highly recommend it to anyone who loves running, new gear AND beer !:)

  7. I see you live in Waymouth! I just started a new job at Kraft and have to travel to Waymouth for work. Can’t wait to try out MaryLou’s!!

  8. I definitely prefer short sleeved tech shirts, and NOT white! Ahhh I hate getting white shirts! the best thing I ever got was a teal 1/4 zip up pull over, with thumb holes at the end of the arms! It was fantastic!

  9. That’s amazing to accomplish a PR on that 5k course today. I ran in the race today. It was a very nice event. But with the heat and the hills, tat might have been the most difficult 5k I’ve ever run in my life. I even commented to people after the race that no way anypone could PR today…. Guess I was wrong!

  10. congrats on the pr!!!!!! i was excited to see how you did. i have a fun 5k coming up next weekend. i just heard that the last portion of the course is totally uphill. too funny. i like it when they make race shirts in women’s sizes!! i honestly don’t have any that fit well!

  11. I give you major, MAJOR credit for running that fast in the heat today! It really was “blazing!”

    Also, I never realized Mal taught high school?! There must be some seriousss crushes going on at BHS 😉

  12. Also, have you ever done the CVS 5K in Providence? It’s late September, huge race, fun downtown course (except for the straight uphill finish. Woof).

  13. Wow that is a fast time! Even though you didn’t pr you should be amazed at your placement :). I love dri fit t-shirts :). I always wear my race shirts when i workout.

  14. Congrats! Sounds like the heat really took a toll on you. With heat brings slower times. I love when races give out tech tees. The only time I bought a race shirt was at my half Ironman race. I wanted to milk every ounce of that experience.

  15. What store were you at when you saw that Julia Child sign? My kitchen colors are red and that would go perfect!

  16. Congrats on the PR & placing in your age group :)… I’ve never heard of pickles wrapped in ham. Sounds delicious though!! Probably even better with ketchup or mustard (ha i realize that sounds disgusting, but i have an addiction to the two)

  17. Congrats on 8th place! Woo hoo! Oh race shirts- can’t they all be awesome fitted tanks or something? Ha. I think I’ve only bought a race shirt like once. They’re always so overpriced. Bleh. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  18. Awesome job on your race and new PR!! I prefer the tech tee race shirts. I never run in cotton so those go to my 8 year old, which is nice because I don’t have to buy him t-shirts very often 🙂

  19. Tavern to Tavern 5k is on August 19 th in Cambridge. This will be my second year doing the race. It’s a good course, and there is food & beer after the race.

  20. wow, I can’t believe a 24 minute 5K is good enough for 3rd place woman. I regularly run 5Ks between 21 and 21:30, and have never even placed in my age group. You got lucky!

  21. Congrats on your 5k! I also like the tech shirts, short sleeve or long sleeve. I bought a tank top from my first half marathon and bought a tshirt from the Color Me Rad race I’ll be doing I August. Typically I don’t bother, but I wanted to commemorate my first half and the Color Me Rad you actually get to tie dye the shirt at the end of the race!!

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