Sunday, October 18, 2009

Late Harvest Run 5k Race Report



Happy Birthday to me...happy birthday to me....

This race most definitely was a belated birthday present (my 33rd was on Friday).

It was just awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

And that's saying a lot for a 5k, when it hurts from the get go. And maybe get that PR that's eluded me for 7+ years (20:26). Oh, and maybe, just maybe, be the first female. This is something that I've been close a few times, but never 1st female. I've always thought it would be really cool to do that.

I scour active for a flat 5k that's not too far. I want to see if my fitness can get me close to under 20 minutes, but I definitely need a flat course for that. Okay. Hmmm....none of these seem to be flat. Damn. Let's just pick the one that is closest and has the latest start time 'cause it is cold as bleep out lately and I like to sleep. (okay, cold for Georgia).

Late Harvest 5k in Dunwoody is the winner.

Get there and it looks like a smallish race (it was). I warm up, listen to some sweet Miley Cyrus and Black Eyed Peas to get me (and the 6th grade teenybopper inside me and who is in charge of my ipod) pumped up. It works. I am excited to race. Excited that I have my Garmin, so I don't bust out a 6:15 first mile only to fade, fade, fade then BLOW UP.

That's fun.

Wahhh. The air horn blows. Two guys take off, fast. I am in third. Trying not to go out too fast. I quickly catch the first guy...then after about a half mile, the second guy is behind me. I couldn't help but smile a HUGE smile...thinking, I am leading this race. And then, quickly, this can't last that long, can it?

Where's the girl next to me at the start with the supermodel long legs? She's got to be catching me soon. Where's that guy that looked really fast at the start? He'll be here soon, right?

Nope!

No one caught me. I won overall, girls AND guys.

I had the lead from about a half mile into the race until the finish. I have to say, it was really, really fun. I kept checking behind me to see where the second place guy was (mostly because I was in such disbelief that I was leading this thing) and he was 80 yards, then 100, and then I couldn't see him anymore.....WOOP!! WOOP!!

I knew this was an experience that does not happen often (and most likely never again for me). So, I stopped caring about my time and just soaked up the feeling of leading the race. It was just so cool. The spectators were so supportive and excited to see a girl winning. I felt good, strong and getting stronger as the race went on.

With a half mile to go a guy yells to me "Are you in the lead?" I just nodded. "Wow." And it was an honest wow. Like he was really surprised. Hey, me, too, buddy.

The police manning all the intersections were cheering. Telling me I was going over the speed limit. Giving me updates on how far back #2 was. I felt like a rock star.

I turn the last corner and see the finish and GO....my watch says 18:45 and I am thinking NO WAY. I cross at 19:15 in first, totally excited and dumbfounded that I won the damn thing.

Call Mike. Call my mom, my sister, Amanda, text Jen, update my FB status....seriously, the WORLD is gonna hear about this one. ;)

Get my award and head on home excited to tell Ella for the first time that "yes, Mommy won the race today". She always likes to check.

(Only drawback was that the course was short, so I can't count this time and I think I would have PR'd if the course was 3.1. Damn.)

Some birthday shots...

The Ace(s) of Cake


Allie (and Annabelle) waiting for the cake to be frosted






Uh oh is right. Into the bath!

12 comments:

Angela and David Kidd said...

AWESOME! I got a little out of breath just reading your report.

And happy belated birthday!

Rebecca DeWire said...

You are a rock star!!!! Sounds like you had a fantastic races. Congrats on being the overall winner :) And happy birthday.

fancy nancy said...

You rock! Way to go! That must have been a great feeling to win! Yes and Happy Birthday....what a way to celebrate!

The Chapples said...

That's awesome, Kate! Woweee!

Angela said...

Sounds like a great belated birthday! Great race.

Angela said...

Sounds like a great belated birthday! Great race.

Jennifer Harrison said...

A PR, A WIN and CAKE! DOES it get much better than that? NOPE! Glad it was so fun and congrats!! :)

Mimi said...

Proud of my baby girl!

Danielle said...

CONGRATS!!!

Alicia Parr said...

Woo hoo!

skigator93 said...

Outstanding job! I read about it and saw your picture in the Dunwoody Crier (be sure to pick up your copy). I flirted with running this race too but it started a little too late for me as we had too much to do on Saturday. I ran by the farmhouse on my neighborhood run about 8:20 and saw a few people mulling around.

Doesn't sound like I would have been able to keep up with you on that day though! Congrats again - I think it is cool when a girl wins a race overall.

Michelle H. said...

WOW-sers! Def. one to put down in the books. Quite an accomplishment!