Recap: inMotion Mid-Summer 5K Run

This past Saturday, I set my alarm for the first time in more than a week for a super fun event: a last minute 5K that I had found out about from a local running store – and the best part about it? It was FREE!

I didn’t really know what to expect, other than there would be water and course marshals, but I was excited to run somewhere new and possibly meet a few new people. I had not raced a 5K since last summer (see: crazy crash and burn race + garminless 5K) and even then, my times were not a lot to write home about (I was stuck in the 25:XX zone) so my goals were really loose:

  1. Enjoy the run
  2. Not melt and/or die

Haha! Really though, it was humid to the max, and the run location was right on the other side of the bridge over to Siesta Key so I knew it would be steamy at 7 AM…so imagine my surprise when this happened:

First woman!
First woman!

Sure, there were only about 75 runners, and there’s a good chance that 1/2 of them were run-walkers, but I felt pretty awesome anyway! Plus, I unofficially beat my standing 5K PR by 3 seconds, so it was a double win for me.

The running course was a good one – we started at the New Balance Store, then ran a little out and back down the street before heading onto Stickney Point Road, up and over the bridge to Siesta Key, to the marina and a loop back to the store. Once we got going, my strategy was this: keep the leaders in the corner of my eye. There was a teenage girl behind me for the first mile, and I was almost sure she’d pass me in Mile 2, but I stopped hearing her behind me – and as we headed back across the bridge, I didn’t see her at all.

I did have to walk for about 15 seconds at about Mile 2.7 or so, as sweat was blinding me. My visor is great, but with that kind of humidity, I swear every part of your face is perspiring! Haha! I wiped my face, took a deep breath, and started back up, and focused in on a strong finish…seeing a sub-24 on the finisher clock as I rounded the parking lot pushed me to kick it up a notch for the last few strides, too.

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The run organizers were super nice, and we even got little goodie bags with some NB swag, GU and race / training information…and my first female certificate netted me a cool $25 gift certificate which I hope to use soon for some new socks! 😉 Exciting, right?!

Anywho, I was super glad that I went, and though the time wasn’t official, it was a good start to my new training cycle – wahhhoooo!

Do you count unofficial PRs as PBs?

7 comments

  1. Awesome race Krissy. Way to go on sub 24….that is so speedy! Congrats and enjoy spending your gift certificate! Prizes are always fun.

  2. First off, sweet visor. 😉
    Secondly, I used to be adamant that a PR had to come in an “official” event, but now that I’ve been racing for 9 years, I really don’t care. I say count it!

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