Race recaps

Shamrock Shuffle 5k(22:19)

Welcome back strong legs.

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The YMCA Shamrock Shuffle takes place each year near St. Patty’s day and is hosted by the Summervile Y. This race is much closer to my house than a lot of the races in Charleston so I was pretty excited that I wouldn’t have to travel far. All the proceeds from the race go directly to the Y and I’m happy to participate because this is the location that we take Fiona to for her swim lessons. It’s always nice to help out a place that you are fond of and spend time at. Although, someone needs to tell Fiona to stop being a booger about swim lessons and jump in the silly pool!

This race had a 5k and 10k option but with the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K staring me in the face in 3 weeks, I wasn’t about to race a 10K just yet. Instead I was eyeing a comeback from the Bosch 5k and was crossing my fingers to see 22:xx on the board. Based on my speedwork I knew that there was no reason I couldn’t manage to hit the 22’s but for some reason it hadn’t panned out that way the week prior. I had a plan of action set up in my head. I had given myself the two days prior to rest my legs, stretch, hydrate well, and focus on being strong for the race. I got to the race early enough that I did a long warm-up. Mentally I kept telling myself I could do it. I had no doubts before the race started that I had the power to reach a 22:xx 5k.

I found Reyna and Lily and did a nice secondary warm up run after my mile and a half I did on my own. I’m starting to realize just how important the warm up is for me. It gives me a chance to really get my legs warmed up, muscles firing, and notice the turnover I need in my feet for the pace I want to accomplish. Reyna was running the 5k with me, while Lily was gonna tackle the 10k. After our warm up we headed to the start line which was a few blocks over from the finish. I made Reyna get up front with me at the starting line, which based on the picture, I stick out like a sore thumb. I just don’t own green you guys. I look horrible in it. 12805734_1055067691202039_1410798825284744274_n

I looked around at the start line and immediately saw Caitlin, our fast lady of Charleston. She is so inspirational and I just love to see her run. She finished first in the 5k for females with a time of 18:35. Holy guacamole does that girl have some speedy legs. If you look up above in my picture, she’s to the far right. You can see me admiring her from a distance, ha.

My biggest mantra lately has been not to start off too fast. If I find myself going out too hard I dial it way back and allow myself to catch back up to the pace I want. This has been working for me as to not let myself die out before I finish the race. So as usual, I took off and within the first 1/4 mile I checked my watch to see 6:20, time to slow way down. I got myself down to about 7:45 and then pressed it back up again. By the end of mile 1, my watch said I did a 7:04. That alone gave me a huge boost of energy. I’m working on getting down to under 7 minute miles and to see myself clock mile 1 away at a 7:09,  I was freaking out that I would pay for that later in the race. Going into the race I just wanted to stay above 7:25’s so that I could break 23 minutes. Mile 1.5-2miles is always my biggest struggle. I tried to keep that in mind and repeat over and over again, don’t let this determine your result. Mile 2 ticked off at 7:11! I was so sure after the Bosch 5k that I was not going to keep this pace up for another mile but my legs felt loose, my body felt great, my breathing was on point, and I knew the race would be over soon. I had two females close to me that I just focused on staying on pace with. They eventually took off ahead of me and gained a hundred yards or so but I kept in step with them as long as I could and then I hit the mile 3 marker, 7:23. I had stayed above my goal pace the entire race. I could see the finish line and it was just a short uphill. I could see the clock in the 22’s and I could hear Anni screaming at me to push it. When Anni tells you to kick it into gear, you listen. To my absolute shock and pleasure, I crossed the finish line in 22:19!!!

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Now it’s on to trying to see 21:xx!

Post race party included getting a massage from the massage school students in the area, a donut from the dunkin donut’s tent, bananas and danishes from the Y, a picture backdrop where they were printing the pictures right away for you, and some music.  My only complaint was that there wasn’t a ton for kids. This was the Y and they had a kids run, I expected there to be jump castles in the parking lot or even a balloon animal person, something. 

The awards were very nice. The overall finishers got cash awards, 1st in age groups won a beer glass and $10 to the foot store, 2nd & 3rd place age groups won medals. They even had trophy’s for the costume contest. I ended up placing 1st in my age group which I am super proud of. Although there were 3 different races going on in the Charleston area, so a lot of the speedy girls were spread out over the races.

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I loved this race and will definitely be back next year. Maybe next year I’ll take the leap to do the 10K. Although, I saw their faces at the end of the hot and humid race and I was not jealous at all of the 10k’ers.

 

XoXo

Michelle

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2 thoughts on “Shamrock Shuffle 5k(22:19)

    1. Thanks Reyna. Congrats on your PR. From now on you always stand by me at the start. Maybe we are each other’s good luck charms 😉

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