Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saint or Sinner? (WW # 64)

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I'm not going to bore you with my usual training log.  I did absolutely zero cross training or strength training but did run 5 times for a total of 24 miles.  I've mentioned before how I do not set an alarm. Still in recovery mode, my body craved extra sleep and I only had time for 4 easy miles on the mornings that I ran before work.  I recently posted a few thoughts about this marathon training cycle.  If you are interested, you can read about that HERE.


Saturday was the Saints & Sinners 5k.  I've run it several times.  I had just about talked myself out of participating as I felt my 5k speed was lacking.  I certainly have not been doing anything to help it and I had not run a 5k in over 6 months.  Technically, I was supposed to be in marathon recovery mode too. But we had a cold front come through Friday and the air was nice and crisp.  I decided to go.  What the heck.


This race is held on a university campus.  It begins on a rural road and then moves to a paved running trail.  It is not flat, with sharp -- but mostly short -- hills.  They have costume contests for adults and kids, a kids run, door prizes, and cash awards to the winners. Although a well done and fun event, it was sadly not well attended.  There were three other running events in the area and a city of our smaller size simply cannot support that.  I wish there was a way for race planners to get together! 


I think 5ks are excruciating and this one was no different.  My first two miles were steady paced.  The last mile, with what feels like the toughest hill, always gets me.  I slowed.   My official time was 26:57 with an average pace of 8:40.  I was pretty happy with that as it's the best pace I've had at a race this year.  Looking back at my previous Saints & Sinners results, I realized I had a course PR by 14 seconds.  So, not a bad day for me.  I was 3rd female across the line {I told you it was not well attended!} and was awarded the Female Masters Winner.

 Sunday was another beautiful day.  I enjoyed a nice long and slow run of 9 miles.

Spider lilies definitely mean it's Fall!



And that's a wrap!


5ks?  Love them or hate them?

Did you race this weekend?  When is your next race?



95 comments:

  1. What an interesting name for a 5K. When I'm training for longer races I find it hard to want to run a 5K race just because the training is so different. You did a great job at your race though!

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    1. I think it is a very cute name for a 5k. Their graphics are usually interesting too. I don't have the desire to run 5ks in the summer, for sure. But in cooler weather, I'll use them as speed work when training for half marathons.

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  2. A big congratulations to you on the 5K! I love when it is nice and crisp for a race. I have only run a few 5K's because I have such a hard time finding anything speedier than my usual pace lol That is good you got some extra sleep:) Still a very nice mileage week.
    Nov. 12th :) That is my day

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    1. Thanks. It tells me I'm not as far away as I thought (from the faster paces I once ran). Got to love this aging process!! I kinda - OOPS - didn't mean to run 5 times this week.

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  3. Great job with your 5K! I agree that 5Ks can be brutal. I've got one coming up next weekend - it won't be pretty LOL!

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    1. I really struggled with convincing myself to run this race. I knew it was going to hurt! I'd rather run a LONG race any day -- where you have plenty of time to work into your desired pace.

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  4. Can't even remember the last time I ran a 5K. Yes they are just as brutal - I seem to run too fast during the first mile then the final mile I lose steam. Congrats on a 3rd place finish!

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    1. Thanks You have to run so hard right from the start in a 5k. I always struggle with the last mile...unless it's downhill. Those are the kind I really like!

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  5. Hey it's not your fault more peeps failed to show...congrats on the awards and course PR! I'd say the awards were well-earned ;-) LOVE that top!!!!! #gobrightorgohome

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    1. Thanks. The first rule of placing is showing up. I can do that! LOL. That's an old Asics top from Kohls. I never think about Asics or Kohls when shopping for running gear. I don't know why. They always have good deals.

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  6. Congrats on that race! I can't remember the last time I've run a 5k. If my foot behaves, I'm considering a Turkey Trot. We'll see.

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    1. Thanks. Our Turkey Trot is the weekend before Thanksgiving. I may do that one too, the T-shirt is usually pretty cute. 5ks are a good way to catch up with running buddies I haven't seen in a while.

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  7. Who else wins an AG prize so soon after a marathon?! You are awesome. I think 5ks are really hard. Congrats on your PR!

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    1. Oh, you are too nice! In some ways, 5ks are the hardest distance of all. Well -- 10ks are double the suck. LOL.

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  8. Local races like that can be so much fun! That's a great pace for a 5k congrats

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy the local races as much as the big racecation races. But, I worry about the low attendance. If its not worthwhile for the benefactor I fear they'll stop having them.

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  9. Congrats big winner! That is so awesome! I hate it that the race wasn't well attended, but you're right, the race organizers need to get together to ensure that all of them survive. We need those local races; they are some of my absolute favorites. Admittedly though, I'm generally not a huge fan of 5ks. I do LOVE a 10k though :)

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    1. Hooray for showing up! Ha! 10k is my least favorite. They hurt just as bad and you suffer TWICE as long. There is only one race next week (that I'm aware of). It's a 10 miler. I've never raced that distance. It'll be HILLY. We'll see how that goes.

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  10. Congrats on your race - that's awesome! I love your outfit too :) That's a shame that it wasn't well attended :( But you're right, local races should definitely check to see what's on the calendar already to ensure there aren't any competing races.

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    1. Thank you. All of the local races seem to have gotten smaller and smaller over the last few years, sadly.

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  11. You call that a recovery. LOL.

    Congrats. That's a speedy 5k in my book.

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    1. In my defense, I didn't intend to run 5 times this week. LOL.

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  12. Great job on the 5k! Congrats on 3rd overall female!! Local races are fun! I haven't done many 5ks but I like them.

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    1. Thanks! It is always fun to catch up with other running gals I haven't seen in a while too.

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  13. Congrats on the Masters win Miss Speedy! I actually enjoy 5k's...they are just long enough to challenge you to push your speed but short enough to be over quickly! :) Unfortunately, our town is like yours...attendance is often times really low. By the way, I love your outfit!

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    1. I go through phases with 5ks- sometimes I hate them, other times I love them! I need to sign up for a race, but I've been too nervous and lazy postpartum...even though I've been back running since 5 weeks!! You look great by the way- such fun clothes!

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    2. I think that is why I don't like a 10k. They hurt as much as a 5k and last twice as long! That's an old Asics tank from Kohls! You know, I love my tanks and arm warmers!

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    3. Melissa -- you would do great in your first postpartum 5k. There was a super speedy lady in this race pushing a BOB!

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    4. I think all runners have a love/hate relationship with those 5k's :) I hate them in the summer but love them in the winter!!

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  14. Congrats on the race and your award! 5ks are so tough. I am impressed that you never set an alarm. It would make me nervous that I wouldnt have time to do my full workout in the mornings!

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    1. It is rare I oversleep. But when I do, I figure my body needed that more than any workout I had planned.

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  15. I find that, post marathon, my "engine" is always ready to put out more in a race than I expect and this was obviously the case for you as well. Congrats! I find 5ks excruciating but I am the most competitive at that distance. That said, I haven't run one (unless you count the RnR Remix ones that I slack on) since last March

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    1. In my experience, half marathons are usually much larger. So for me it's all about the odds. Three deep awards with 15 people in your category? Good odds. Three deep awards with 250 people in your category? Not so good.

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  16. Congrats on the course PR! That elevation map is no joke, so definitely celebrate those 14 seconds!

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    1. Thanks! As we all well know, every second counts!

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  17. Congrats on your race and award! I have never raced a 5k because I prefer the longer races and training. I prefer the 10k even!

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    1. Thank you. My favorite race distance is a half. In years past, I ran more 5ks just to work on my speed.

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  18. Great job on the PR. I do think 5ks are painful, but lately, doing a 5k distance in my neighborhood hasn't felt that bad. Maybe it's the treadmill that makes it seem so drawn out.

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    1. I find it difficult to run at 5k pace on a training run. I think that's why I MAKE myself do these races. It's the only way I will push myself.

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  19. My next race is in a couple of weeks, and it's a 5k. Then there's a 15k the following week (still have to make sure Mr. Judy is ok with that one, as we've been gone a lot of weekends!). And then there's that pesky Turkey Trot the following week! Geez, where the heck did the second half of this year go???? Actually, I do know where it went, but being so busy has made it fly by & not given me time to brood on the short days, so that's a good thing.

    I have to giggle at cooler weather and you in shorts. But you did GREAT! Good job. I hope my 5k is cool so maybe I can have a decent time for me. I fare much better in cooler weather.

    I like all distances, really (except maybe marathon, which as you know I haven't attempted) -- they all have their advantages & disadvantages.

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    1. Do you know my Garmin recorded 45 degrees at race start? It was quite nippy standing around afterwards. We also have a half coming up in a few weeks. How did the time fly so fast? I thought that would never get here.

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  20. Congrats on the 5k! I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the distance...it's so hard to push yourself for 3.1 miles! But I'm proud when I'm finished. I haven't done much since the marathon either but signed up for a local 5k this Saturday. We'll see how it goes!

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    1. I agree, once over (and I can breathe again) it is very rewarding. No matter how many you do, it is always a challenge to pace them properly! I let mile three get away from me, unfortunately.

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  21. I don't mind a 5K, but then, I don't run nearly as fast as you - that would kill me!

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    1. I'm definitely a mid-packer. Speed is relative. There will always be people slower and faster. Good days and BAD ones (oh, my!). It's more about the challenge to strive for a personal best.

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  22. Congratulations on an awesome race!! Way to go!! And after your marathon, super impressive! I felt that after my marathon, I could barely move! You are an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks! I was pretty beat up after my first marathon. So, feeling normal after my second was very rewarding.

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  23. 5k's= hate em! haha. I haven't actually RACED a 5k in years. I just run them for fun... and the medal! Congrats on your race :)

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    1. Thanks. I would run a half marathon over a 5k any day. But, at least they do force me to do a little speed work.

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  24. Congrats speedy! I love 5K's but they are no joke! You gotta get on and stay on or the dang them is over!!!

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    1. Thanks, MB. It surely does require a different mindset from a half or full!

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  25. Congrats on your race! I find that the Philly area has so many races going on each weekend that it's tough to decide which ones to do... I raced the Perfect 10 Miler this weekend and had fun even though it was tough to get in my groove the first few miles. I think 5K's are definitely the hardest races!

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    1. Thank you. I wish there was some way to spread the races out. We'll go for weeks without anything and then BOOM -- they are all on the same day.

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  26. Oh 5Ks, I love them AND I hate them. It's crazy to me how LONG 3.1 miles can feel even though I run way more than that regularly.

    Such a bummer that it wasn't well attended, but I agree, I wish RD's would chat so instead of 3 races 1 weekend and none the rest of the month they could space them out!

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    1. Ha! They do feel SOOOOO long! My regular "short" run is much longer than a 5k. There's just not enough time to work into your pace. You've got to be "ON" from step one.

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  27. That sounds like a fun 5k! But too bad that there were so many races in the one weekend. It really would be great if race directors could get together on the planning.

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    1. Maybe they should involve some runners in their planning! So many of them do not. There are plenty of websites they could check for other races too.

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  28. Congrats on your 5K and yay for a course PR! I have not raced a 5K in a while. Lately they've been fun runs with my oldest son. We're even planning on doing the Turkey Trot 5K together next month. It would be nice to actually race one to see how fast I can go, maybe next year, although my 7 year old is getting fast quick. :)

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    1. Running the 5k with your son will be so much fun! That's much more enjoyable than racing one.

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  29. I didn't race this weekend. I love 5ks though- it's a whole different beast than marathon or half marathon training and I love going fast once in a while!

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    1. I agree it's a different beast. I do like to use them as speed work when I'm running half marathons.

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  30. Congrats on the win! I love/hate 5ks. They stink in the middle, but after it's finished it's nice not to have to run 10 more miles. I ran one this weekend and it was also a small crowd. I had decent speed, but it wouldn't have earned me an age group award at a larger race.

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    1. I think they stink from step one, but they do feel rewarding after it's over! I could never place at a large race! I'm firmly a middle packer.

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  31. 5ks are hard! You have to be ready from the get go and there is no place for wobbles mid run!

    On the plus side they are over fairly quickly and you don't need too much recovery!

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    1. I agree about the recovery! I often run a 5k on Saturday and then a long slow run on Sunday.

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  32. Congratulations on 3rd and the course PR! Who cares if it was not well attended, you can't control who shows up or who doesn't show up at a race, you can only control what you do to train and race. It was good that you showed up for the cause and gave it a shot. I do agree that 5Ks can be really hard and painful if you're racing them, but they also work great as workouts or tempo runs for training for longer distances, at least. Glad you are getting recovered from Chicago and don't blame you not to cross train and just run a little- you deserve the down time!

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    1. I've always said "the first rule of placing in a race is to show up"! I don't want people thinking that I think I'm a speedy runner. There are so many speedy women out there and I know I'm in the middle of the pack. But you participate and sometimes you get lucky and place anyway.

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  33. Don't cut yourself down lady ! You were third ! Even if it was a small race, that is a great accomplishment. I am not a big 5K fan because it takes my body a long time to warm up, but I am definitely looking forward to running shorter race distances.

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    1. Thanks! It takes me a while to warm up too. I should probably run several miles before the race even starts. I only do a few strides.

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  34. Wow! You're in recovery mode and take 3rd place overall and first in master's?! That's awesome! Hey, it doesn't matter how many people were in the race. You did awesome!

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    1. Thank you. I really didn't feel there was much to recover from (obviously). I hope it doesn't catch up to me later, though.

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  35. Congrats on your masters win and PR!

    Thanks for the linkup - I'm happy to join in on the fun, even if a day late!

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    1. It's never too late Deb! You just made a fashionable entrance. LOL.

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  36. Great job placing and getting a new PR! 5k's are hard but I do love them. But I always feel like I have to run super fast!

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    1. I had a PR just on this course. I'm afraid I'm way away from my all-time PR. Maybe I'll get back there one day. It doesn't feel that important right now.

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  37. The PR's that I don't realize until later are my favorite kind. :) What a pleasant surprise to realize you'd PR'd the course. Great job!

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    1. I know! I just figured I had been faster in previous years. That really made my day.

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  38. I dont feel I am a good 5k racer as I hate my legs being in pain haha. The last 5k I did, I got in a 10 min warm up and felt much better-I even PRed. I need to plan a bit better and get in a solid 15-20 min warmup and i think i could do well

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    1. I think I would do better if I ran a few miles prior to the race, instead of the little warmup I do. It's not my legs at all...it's the burning in my lungs and the feeling my heart will explode. LOL.

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  39. Sometimes the best races are the small ones. :) Congrats on your race! Great job!

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    1. Very true, Rachel. I just feel bad for the organizers and the charity they are trying to raise money for.

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  40. I am always amazed by the number of races on any given weekend near me. I always wonder if the turnout is good for all of the races or if the area can really support that volume. I enjoy 5Ks because they're over fairly quickly, but I always need time to ease into my run and warmup. Great job!

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    1. The turnout can't be good for all races. They would make so much more money for their charity if they could schedule them better.

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  41. Great job on your placement and your PR!!!! I like the name of that 5k btw!
    I'd much rather run a 5k than a marathon or even half marathon. 5ks are short sweet and painful but short, lol!I admire your ability to race more than 1 half marathon a year ( yeah I'm good for just 1,ha!)I did a long run on Sunday (13 miles) and was thinking that there was no way I could do another 13!
    Kudos to you for a good week of recovery/ training!

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    1. Isn't that the cutest name? The t-shirts are cute too. My record is 17 half marathons in one year. Obviously, they weren't PRs and done for the pure enjoyment of it.

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  42. Congratulations on placing third and nailing a shiny new course PR!!! Those hills look very intimidating, especially on a 5K course. Yowza! That aside - your race outfit is adorable. I personally find 5Ks extremely challenging, much harder than a half marathon. There's so little room for error on such a short distance!!!

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    1. You nailed it! There is no room for error. At least with a long distance, you can make corrections or at least take some time to settle into your pace.

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  43. GREAT work! Get it lady :D I am more into 10ks than 5ks. I don't like to run HARD enough for 5ks, and 10ks make me stick with it a bit better!

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    1. I'm horrible at packing a 10k. I always attack it like a 5k and pay dearly by the end!

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  44. Great job!
    I like the occasional 5k too, because they don't take as much effort and can be a lot of fun if we let them!

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    1. I should remind myself about the "fun" aspect next time. I do agree it is a lot of fun once it is over! LOL.

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  45. Congrats on the Masters Win! I take my awards where I get them, and you should too! Other people aren't going out for that race! Figuring out whether to push myself on a challenging 5K course is hard, however I usually don't race too many 5Ks unless I want to try and PR or otherwise do a fitness assessment of my speed. 5Ks are usually so expensive in Chicago ($40 is not uncommon and on the lower end) so I limit them usually to 1 or 2 a year. The last one I actually did was on New Years!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, absolutely. I beat everyone who stayed at home on the couch! LOL. It's a great way to work on speed or like you say -- assess it.

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  46. Well attended or not, a win is a WIN! Woop woop - go Holly!!! 5k's are okay... but they sure are painful. Marathons are one thing but 5k's feel like a 3-mile long sprint. I will run one on a whim if the price is right. Our local one is $10 to $15 dollars and that's right up my alley :)

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    1. So painful, Amy! I think the reason I like half marathons so much is you don't run them in pain -- at least not until you get toward the end!

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