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Race Report

Race Report

Today I ran the Run Like Hell 5K. It was my first race since my Half Marathon in May – and the big test on how well I’d recovered since my knee injury.

My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes – something that wouldn’t have been too difficult 5 months ago – but that I knew would be a stretch today.

My first mile wasn’t as fast as I thought – possibly because I spent so much time trying to pass walkers & slower runners. I also started out very annoyed. Seriously people – if you’re walking a race, don’t stand at the beginning of the chute – that’s for runners. Dumbasses.

Anyways – I was almost to mile 1 when I saw the 5K leader headed back. He’d been running for maybe 10 minutes tops at that point.

The second mile was great – it was fast & flat.

Just after passing the 2-mile marker, I heard someone yell my name. I looked over & it was one of my Monday-night workout partners!  I hadn’t seen her since July 4 when I pulled my hamstring. We ran together for a bit, and then I pulled out in front of her.

The last mile was going well until the last 1/4 mile. The last 1/4 mile was a slight incline – which shouldn’t have been a problem. But since starting knee-hab, I have been doing only very, very flat runs – no incline. I’m hoping that I can start hill running again soon, because that used to be my strength.

My friend passed me in that last 1/4 mile and finished slightly ahead of me.

My final time, according to my Garmin, was 31:09.


Mile 1: 10:22
Mile 2: 10:13
Mile 3.1: 10:33

For some reason, the Garmin, which had gotten up to 2.6 miles retracted its statement & went back 1/2 mile – I’m not sure what happened there, but it said I only ran 2.5 miles. Which is both weird & lame (especially since I saw it roll back the mileage).

According to Garmin, my average pace was 12:14. However, since I know that can’t be so, I think I’ll stick with 10:01 pace. Not bad, really.

The last 5K I ran my time was 38:11, with a pace of 12:35. That race was in March 2007. So, in a year & a half, I’ve improved my overall time just over 7 minutes & my pace over 2 1/2 minutes! Good enough for a PR – and good enough for me!

Next time I do a 5K, I know I can come in under 30 – and now I have something to shoot for. Also – I need to get back to my hills!

Congrats to everyone else out there who raced this weekend!


  1. WOOHOO! Gazelle i am proud of you!! You rocked that 5K! Good for you!

    I am doing a 5K in Nov! I am looking forward to it. I want to do it in about 28.30. It’s a totally flat course. It’s actually where i run everyday.


  2. Christine

    DINGDANG GIRL!!! that is so AWESOME!!!

    Did you actually run the whole thing or did you run/walk? That is a super time improvement too considering your injury.

    🙂 Yay.

    (she types in her hippo/treadmill t-shirt!)

  3. Alisa

    Great job! I’d love to get under a 30 min 5k. That hasn’t happened…well…ever! My fastest 5k in college was 30:31. Maybe in the spring when we are training for our San Diego marathon we can pick a 5k and use it as a speedwork race =).

    Let’s do coffee or lunch this week!

  4. Nice job! It looks like you’re back! yippy yippy.

    I agree that walkers/slow runners are the lamest when they are in the front. I mean really. I’m sure I’ve said some not-so-nice things to them in the past.

    1. If it hadn’t been for the conversational walkers at the beginning and that hill at the end, I would’ve been sub-30 for sure. (I’m sure the hill was more to blame than the walkers, but still! dumbasses.)

  5. Way to go! I’m having a little trouble getting back into the running routine after Portland. Maybe I need to sign up for a 5K and shoot for breaking 30. Cool. You just gave me a goal!

  6. Wahoo! A PR!!

    And you’ve just recovered from an injury to boot! Very impressive Gazelle!

    BTW: my new WW-ing occurs Mondays on NE Broadway – right next to the Safeway at the new WW Center. 12:15pm. Would love to have a friend there!

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