Sunday, March 6, 2011

Race Report: 2011 Los Angeles Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5k

With Will before the race

Today is my 1 year Runiversary!
I went back to the very first race I ran: The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Los Angeles.  This was at Dodger Stadium.  It was a beautiful day, great weather!

We got there at 7:45 am.  I was a team leader this year and I wanted to meet with everyone before the race!  They had a gate up to separate the runners from the walkers.  That was a good idea but one of the woman "in charge" was drunk on power and she was yelling at the runners to go lined up 20 minutes before the start so we had to take our pictures minus 3 people.  Sorry Julie! :(
My TEAM minus a couple people, I am in the middle with the hat.
All of these fine people walked except me and Rebekah my wonderful babysitter.  She is on the far left in pink top.  Shana, in the pink survivor t-shirt is the reason we did this!

After that I headed to the starting line with Rebekah:


Lot's of people at this race.  Lot's of pink everywhere, lot's of survivors, this is a special raceI was feeling OK, not great, thanks to the allergy season in action here in California.  Right at the start we had to go up  a nasty HILL.  I remembered from last year.  That was hard.  It is long and steep.  I had trouble breathing during that but I kept telling myself that it would go down eventually!  And it did!  Rebekah and I stayed together for the most part.  First mile pace faster then I thought.  I was wondering if I could keep this for another 2.  I don't like 5k I am so not a sprinter.



They had 3 water stations on the course and I decided to skip all of them, I did not want to walk and I cannot drink and run.  Rebekah stopped at one but she caught up with me at the end.  At the second station some guy took a cup and tripped on someone and his water ended up on me making me look like I had peed on myself! Thank you dude in the black hat!


Nice look I know!  Jonathan said " Mom you KNOW they have toilets here!!!"


I finished 6 minutes faster then last year: 29:52.  I placed 10 in my age group.  This is my first time under 30 minutes for a 5k.  I am happy with that considering the HILL at mile 1 and that I am not 100%.


   

With Rebekah at the end.  She beat me by 22 seconds! I am OK with that.  She is 16 yrs YOUNGER then me!!!

With Julie from The HotLegs Runner
Julie it was so nice to meet you today!  I look like a giant next to you!!!

Jonathan working on his quads!!!



23 comments:

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Great pictures and a great run! Congrats on your PR.

RockStarTri said...

Great job sub30 and with the runniversary! Sounds like a great day and a good cause.

Christine said...

Congrats on your 5k!!! Looks like a great race and a lot of fun!!!

Pam said...

Congrats on the sub-30!!! Great pictures! Love the pee-pee pants. lol

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

YEAH!!! Nice job Caroline!! Happy runner-versary!!! you look awesome--no pukie award though?

I wanna move to cali :(

XLMIC said...

So fantastic!!!! Breaking 30 ... what a great way to celebrate that one year anniversary! Congrats! Also loving the shorts ;-) I always dump water over my head in races and end up looking like that, too.

DRog said...

Excellent immprovement! looked like a good day

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Michael said...

Awsome race time!! Wow! I love the Susan G race, but I usually walk it vs run it because there are so many people and it's hard to actually get started running.

middleagedrunner said...

Awesome PR, you ROCK! Looks like a beautiful day and a wonderful race...

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats

Charity races are so much more fun to do

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Really so awesome!! My dream is a sub- 30 5k :D You are livin' the dream, girl, ha ha!

Colleen said...

Great job Caroline! A PR and a great cause! :)

Jill said...

6 minutes is great, congratulations!! Love all the smiling pictures :).

Chris K said...

Great pics except for the Rockies hat at the end.

Nice job on shaving off 6 minutes. That's huge.

Jenn said...

I am SO behind! Great pics-great race and congrats on the PR!!!! Awesome! Yes-you might have about 2 feet on Julie-ha! If you keep improving like this, big things ahead for you!!

Caroline said...

thank you all!!!
the 6 min is over a year and I was a really slow turtle...still not that fast...

Emz said...

Awesome!!

You. Rock.

You
Need
To
Share
Some
Of
Your
Awesomeness
With
Your
Blue devils.

Kate said...

Awesome job and such great pictures. Well, except for the peed your pants one. :) Hey, my 1 year runiversary is coming up, too! I'm definitely going to steal your word for that blog post.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Kids will say the darndest things. ...and that's why we love them! haha

Congrats on not only beating your previous time, but doing so while under the weather! Just think of what you could have done at 100%!

greekmelie said...

congratulations on the race! and a sub-30 nonetheless! great job! I wish I knew you were going to be there, so I could congratulate you in person! :-)

Mike said...

Great job.

Darlene said...

Great race!! Congrats on the PR. I remember the 1st time I finished under 30. We have this race in October.

Lucy said...

Congrats on the PR and for running for a great cause!