The Women Rock race series is put on by Team Ortho and it includes a 5K, 10K and half marathon. This year, they offered a series race and included a Friday night 2.5K around the state Capitol. Three Races. 4 Medals. A "bling-whores" DREAM!!! wink,wink. I chose to run the Rock Starlet Challenge of 2.5K, 10K and 5K (in that order.)
|Who doesn't like bling that looks like diamonds!!!|
|Briana and I acting like goofballs!|
|Jessica, Amanda, me, Briana and cutie-pie Anna!|
The next day was the main race day. We got there early enough to score fantastic close-to-the-start parking for only $5. Can't beat that! It was nice because we could hang out in our car and stay warm. Believe it or not, the wind was chilly! :) The 10K race started first and it was an out and back course - straight, out and back. That does have it's advantages, but in my opinion, pretty boring. I was focusing on a PR for this distance, so I tried to focus all of my energy on pace and trying to catch the woman in front of me. I did notice that the race mile marker flags were all over the map and not accurate, so thank goodness for my Garmin 220. I feel bad for anyone not wearing GPS - especially if you're not a seasoned runner. It might have been discouraging to see mile 4 when we really were only at about 2.5. It wasn't a "race-killer" for me, but it certainly was a mistake that could have been avoided.
|Eyeing that 10K finish line!|
|Post Race Selfie|
|Bri and I at the finish of the 10K|
We had about a 45 minute break in between the 10K and 5K. Just enough time to stiffen up! :) But after my PR, I didn't much care about running the 5K my fastest! Suprisingly, I was able to pull off 9:01/mile for my 5K putting my time at finish to 27:25. Pretty good time for a break in between. I was dissapointed with my first mile though at 10:30. The crowd was HUGE - and like a dummy I didn't start up front, so I was weaving in and out the first mile. Lesson learned - I HATE WEAVING. So, I'll be starting near the front with all of my future races.
All in all the race was a huge success and such a great time with friends! I absolutely love my running friends. It's so great to catch up with everyone at the start and finish lines! I will hopefully be doing this race again next year!
|3 Races, 4 Medals! My DREAM!|