Getting After It (Canton Road Race Recap)

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This race recap can be summarized in five words: get after it and holy crap.

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On Saturday morning, I ran the 8th Annual Canton Road Race at Reebok Corporate Headquarters. When I arrived, I found Elizabeth and then the other Fitfluential ambassadors (Sarah, Robin, Katie, Mattie, and Kelly), who were also running the race.

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Reebok provided us with matching outfits (Play Dry Short Sleeve Top in aubergine and Seamless Capri Tights in black), so we had no trouble finding each other.

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Before the start of the race, I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling it. It was gray and rainy, and I’d only run 3 miles in the past month, so I wasn’t feeling very fast and I definitely wasn’t expecting to PR or run a sub-24-minute 5K. I planned to have a good time and just run the best race that I could.

When the gun went off, I was still fumbling around with my Timex GPS watch and Pandora on my iPhone, so I didn’t get off to a great start, but, thankfully, things turned around. The first mile of the race was all down hill and my legs felt great, so I flew! At one point, I looked down at my watch and it said 6:47! Whoa.

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At the start of mile 2, we ran through a beautiful wooded area in Canton. It was hilly, so my pace slowed down quite a bit. I knew I needed to stay below an 8-minute mile to break 24-minutes, but the two times I glanced down at my watch, it read 8:15 and 8:30, so, at this point, I definitely didn’t think it was possible.

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However, right before the final mile marker, I looked at my watch again and my total elapsed time was 15-something. I did some quick math and realized if I could bust out the last mile, I might be able to break 24 minutes.

I figured the final mile couldn’t be any worse than a CrossFit workout, so I got after it and ran my little heart out. My legs and lungs burned and the f-word came to mind about a dozen times, but I didn’t slow my pace. If anything, I ran faster and faster as I approach the finish line. I looked at the clock as I ran over the mats and it said 23:50-something, so I was pretty sure I did it!

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After the race, I found Elizabeth and headed inside to Reebok to take advantage of their 25% discount for race participants. I had my eye on the CrossFit Long Sleeve Tee, but I ended up buying Mal a Workout Ready Tech T-Shirt. (He’s been into neon lately.)

When we came back outside, the race results were posted, so I immediately headed over to see my time. Moment of truth.

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I did it!!!!! Woohoo! Check it out: 23:51, average pace of 7:40! I even came in 6th place for my age group!

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I still can’t believe I ran a sub-24 5K. After missing it by 23 seconds on my previous attempt, I was starting to worry I might not be able to do it, so I really surprised myself on Saturday, especially since I’ve haven’t been running and flaring for 6 weeks now. Saturday’s race totally made my weekend, and I achieved one of my big goals for 2012. Thank you, Reebok and Fitfluential for helping me make it happen!

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71 Comments

  1. Congrats!!! I realized this year that I run my fastest and strongest races after a long break from running. I placed 2nd in my age group in a smaller 5k in June, which I never thought I’d ever do and I also had a surprise 10K PR after an extended running break. Maybe you’re like me — running less might just be the key for us.

  2. Congrats on the PR! That’s awesome!

    I just signed up for my first 5k today (my first race ever), and I only hope I can run that fast some day. I’m still pretty average, but my times have been getting faster recently since I started adding in strength training again.

    Thanks for posting this one. It’s great motivation!

  3. Congrats on your time! That is the best feeling when you run a great race when you least expect it! My best race times have come at races that I didn’t think I was prepared for….makes me wonder how much mental stress impacts my performance! 🙂

  4. Get it! That is so awesome!
    I have been injured for what feels like forever now so I love hearing how killing it in other forms of exercise hasn’t hampered your 5k too much 😉
    Great inspiration for me!

  5. That is a fantastic PR; I’m very jealous. How much do you attribute to crossfit vs. the steroids you were just prescribed?

    1. Ha! I had been on steroids for 3 hours when I ran the race, so I think it was more CrossFit and adequate rest days than anything else. Plus, Predisone is not an anabolic steroid (aka muscle-building).

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