Dec 12 2010

Return to Racing

Published by at 12:20 pm under Family Time,Health/fitness,YAY things

Pre-race obligatory pic

A week ago, I made my “triumphant” return to racing post-baby. I say triumphant because, even though I didn’t win, or even place in my age group (heck, I didn’t do that pre-baby, so why start now?), I did make it through the whole race without any walking, and in much better time than I thought I would. I did the Santa Scurry 5k in Keller. It was a fun, family-friendly night-time race. The course started and ended in front of Keller’s Town Hall, and ran through Bear Creek Park. Since it was a night race, the course was lit with tiki torches, and there were race helpers at key turns along the way, helping to direct folks. I was a little worried about the dark parts of the course, but it turned out to be really easy to follow. I would not, however, have wanted to be pushing a jogging stroller along the course, mainly because parts of it were rather narrow. There were quite a few I saw (in particular one who came whizzing past me – I was duly impressed), though, and heard of no problems. I will say that my Garmin showed the course as being almost two-tenths of a mile short, which kind of bummed me about my time, but Bryan has convinced me to let it go.

So, race stats:

Garmin time: 30:12

Official time: 30:15 (not really sure why the 3 second difference, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a big deal, right?)

Place: 13th in age group (out of 45); 109th overall (looks like there were 308 total racers)

My cheering section - three of the best looking guys out there (the fourth one is holding the camera)

Did I mention I had the best-looking cheering crew in the whole race? Bryan and the boys found 3 places to watch for me – just past the start, about half-way through the course, and then at the end. Their cheering was a big help – thanks, guys!

All in all, it was a good return to racing. I hope to do even more in the future. I’m signed up for the Cowtown 10K, and was supposed to start a half-marathon training plan last Monday (the 6th), but a nasty tummy bug that Sam brought home derailed that…here’s to Monday, right?

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Return to Racing”

  1. Victoria DeSairon 12 Dec 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Yay, Julie! I’m so proud of you. It’s really a great accomplishment. Maybe some day I will pick up running. Ha!

  2. Bryan Danemanon 14 Dec 2010 at 3:34 pm

    You did a great job! As for the 3 second discrepancy, I think everyone got the gun time as their starting time. So unless you were right at the front, or started your Garmin with the gun, rather than when you crossed the starting line, your time will be off a bit.

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