This is one of my favorite runs in the area. Paige’s Butterfly Run, created in memory of a pediatric cancer patient.
The weather was a little gloomy and I wasn’t 100% sure the rain was going to hold off. But no matter the spirit and energy of this event would make up for even the most dreary weather.
The girls on the run this year were there in full support and I loved their headbands with inspirational messages! They are so cute! I snapped this photo of these lovely ladies as they were waiting for the rest of the their team! Too stinking cute!
After picking up my packet and making my way back to my car to drop off my shirt. I went on a mission to find my friend Tracy who was also running the race. Honestly I have no idea how people found each other before cell phones! I’m horrible at finding people even with cell phones telling me right where to find them! Tracy found me and we made our way to the start line. Sadly we never got a picture of us together (bad blogger!) We chatted a bit at the start line but agreed to each go our own way depending on how we were feeling.
I had decided on the drive to the race I really wanted this to be sub 30. I know for crazy fast runners this isn’t a big goal but for me it is! I didn’t set a play list and instead decided to let Pandora decide my jammin’ tunes for the race. I think it was the best decision I’ve made in a while. I didn’t know what was coming next and had no desire to skip to the next song! Plus it was one less think to fuss with during the race.
The first mile seemed to tick by really fast. I almost forgot I had turned on runkeeper until I heard it pop in to give me mileage and average mile time! I was SHOCKED! An 8:58 split. Apparently today was the day for a sub 30! I knew I had to slow down though because I’m not that fast I was hoping for 9:30’s not 9’s.
Luckily I slowed it down to a 10 for mile 2. Mile two was pretty smooth as well. In past years that’s always where I’ve struggled on this course. It’s a hot course with lots of pavement running but mile 2 has some cute shady areas, and this year I enjoyed them. As we crossed over the main street we did have to wait a few seconds for a fire truck to pass. I almost forgot about that until I started to write this recap. I remember hearing the whistles and luckily there are police directing traffic at this particular intersection. It was interesting to watch him stop runners and cars as we approached the street.
Mile 3 was the mile where I started to notice my extra speedy start. I had a short walking spurt, where I started to get into my own head about how “fast” for me I was running. Then just like the kick in the pants I needed Pandora came to my rescue and I was off running again!
With about .5 miles left I picked a taller man running front of me and decided to pace with him for the rest of the race. It worked out perfectly as we crossed the finish line at the same time.
The time on this race for me seems off. I started my runkeeper early and ended it late and it timed me at 30:55 when I saw the time as I finsihed it read 30:53 yet the official time showed a 31.01 and a net time of 30:26! I have no idea what’s correct but I’m going with the official net time of 30:26!!!
I’m still super excited about the race it wasn’t quite the sub 30 I was hoping for but after giving birth to two babies It’s my fastest 5k ever! Tracy also had a PR on the day as well! It was a successful day for all!
Fit Mom in Training had a great post last week on celebrating average runners in a world of elites. All the while I’m wiritng this recap it’s what I’m thinking about, celebrating the average! I didn’t cut the tape and I couldn’t be happier!
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite local run and why?