Monday, October 31, 2011

The Spooky Sprint

Saturday afternoon I ran in the Spooky Sprint 5k in Summterton, SC and had the best time! Mark and I decided to sign up few weeks ago and the pre-race plan was to train by running at least 3 times a week, each week until the race. Mark did a fabulous job with the plan....at least one of us did. He downloaded a training app on his phone, plotted a running course and trained like a champion. I, on the other hand, sat on the couch, ate Ritz crackers and banked on the fact that my few years as a teenage track star participant would carry me to 5k success. So, early Saturday afternoon I put on my lucky 5K t-shirt and hopped in the car with HeyMatthew (my cheer section and photographer for this post), Mark + Mom for the quick drive to Summerton, SC. The weather was pretty chilly but I was feeling fast (yes, feeling fast) + the course looked exciting so I was optimistic about the race.



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Pre-race details, "stretching" and course map studying.


Mark and I started the race together and ran almost a mile before splitting up. I always make the mistake of leaving the starting line with the crowd and trying to stay with them rather than pacing myself. Luckily I caught myself running too fast early on and was able to slow down and make it through without falling out.


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In the end, we both finished with great times and the best part of the story is that I WON MY DIVISION! I won't say how many people I was competing against but I will say that there wasn't a ton of competition. I got a cool ghost trophy and $25 which I used after the race when we all went to Boo Mania for a trip through the haunted maze and some hot chocolate.



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Ghost trophy!!



I'm so glad that I participated in the Spooky Sprint. Mark and I are looking for our next 5k and I think HeyMatthew might even give it a shot. Maybe I'll actually train for the next one. Or not....

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