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Jul 13 / Jane

Revolutionary Run 5k & 10k 2014

Last Friday, the 4th of July, was my 28th birthday.  I started my day, as I have the past three years, with the Revolutionary Run 10k.  This year, however, I was not running it alone.  Kate was over from PA to run the 5k with Mom and Alex would ruck the 5k along with them.

Alex followed Kate and I to the race and Mom met us there.  We were running late, but thankfully since we were all on teams, bib pick-up was quick, if not a little disorganized (from what I heard, at least).  Bill had picked up the bibs for our Princeton Intervals Team (Bill, Ali, Jason, Mariesa and myself).  We stuffed our shirts in Alex’s bag and headed to the start.  Ali and I watched the start of the 5k, made a quick pit stop at the port-o-potties and met Bill in the stating chute.  I saw Jason warming up, but hadn’t met our 5th team member yet (Bill would later point her out to me during the race).

Alex heading to the start.

Alex heading to the start.

Kate and Mom at the start of the 5k

Kate and Mom at the start of the 5k

None of us had any plan what we wanted to run…  Unlike past years, the weather was cooler and overcast; not the usual sunny, hot and humid.  The race director announced the race would begin promptly at 8:30 am, “in 3 minutes” he said.  Then at 8:30 am exactly, a musket fired signaled the start, without warning.  So we started running.

I stuck with Ali and Bill through the first mile, then the second…  Ali started to pull away, but we kept her in our sights.  Bill and I made it to the turn around and I was feeling good.  There were a couple mile markers on the course, but no one telling splits. I wasn’t really looking at my watch since I am familiar with the course and was running comfortably.  By mile, 4 we were just behind Ali again and I could tell I was running faster than anticipated, like PR-fast.  We caught up with Ali and at mile 5 I remember thinking I could definitely beat 54 minutes.  Bill was fading in and out telling me to go on, then running ahead himself with a surge of energy.  But in this mile, I remember distinctly feeling great, announcing this, and setting the pace. Then, by the time we were heading back into the park, I was ready to be done.  We rounded the final turn and Mom appeared cheering me on.  Bill told us ladies to run ahead; Ali turned on the heat so I ran after her.

I didn’t have much left at the finish.  But I’d unexpectedly PR’ed, by a lot.  My official finish time is 51:55.  As Bill so willingly pointed out, that’s over 8 minutes faster than I ran the same race last year (although I have, of course, run a 10k faster than that more recently).  And we all finished within 4 seconds of each other; :52, :55 & :56 respectively.

Alex and I at the finish.

Alex and I at the finish.

Family photo

Family photo

We enjoyed some post-race smoothies and watermelon; took some photos and collected free samples (body wash and Advil? why not?).  Alex was wildly popular with his American flag, flag short shorts (or Ranger Panties as they’re so lovingly called), and 40 lb ruck: people were borrowing his flag for photos or asking to pose with him.  (He even ended up featured in a local paper.)  The rest of us relaxed and chatted and waited for the awards.

The 5k awards came first.  They started with the all-male team, then all-female, then co-ed: 3rd place, The Slow Phillips; 2nd place, Jane Made Us Do It (!!!); and 1st place, What Were We Thinking?  I was so thrilled Mom, Kate and Alex got an award; I’m so glad I took the easy way and signed them up as a team.  😉  But hearing those names for the winning teams was too much.

Jane Made Us Do It! AND we got 2nd place!!

Jane Made Us Do It! AND we got 2nd place!!

There were more teams listed under the 10k results, and the race was competitive, so I wasn’t sure how Princeton Intervals fared this year.  Turns out, we also took 2nd place co-ed team!  And since Ali, Bill and I were the only ones there, we took the medals (technically, Bill and I were the two un-scored members of the team, but only by seconds, and it was, of course, my birthday).

More bling for Princeton Intervals.

More bling for Princeton Intervals.

So medals in hand, we saved some additional watermelon and bananas that were destined for the garbage, and headed to Mom and Dad’s for a Birthday BBQ and Bash.  This race was the perfect way to begin my day though; a great race with great company, friends and family, a PR and a team award!  Hope everyone else’s 4th was as bangin’!

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