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Race Review: Bunny Run 5k

There's nothing like getting a text message on a Friday night like this:

And then running said race and PRing with some of your best friends.

I kind of knew it would be a good day when I woke up pretty easily to my alarm, and was even awake before Debi's wake up call.  A good running buddy always texts her flaky partner to make sure she's awake. I got dressed and then had some coffee and headed out to meet Debi.  We rode to the race together and found a great parking spot right by the packet pick up which was a breeze.

Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

We had plenty of time so I was able to eat a Honey Stinger waffle and drink my Nuun Energy while hanging out with our friends Marley, Liz, and Jana.  It was a great time for people watching and I felt really relaxed even though I had audaciously told the girls that I wanted to go for my 2014 goal of running a sub 28 minute 5k.

Pretty soon it was time to head over to the starting line, but first, Debi and I went to make use of some bushes.  Oddly enough, I couldn't pee.  What?  I'm pretty sure this has never happened to me, and it makes me need to pee just thinking about it.  Anyway, this was a gun time race, no chips, so we got up closer to the start, but not too close.  It was decided that we would just run, sticking together, but I would keep going if Jana and Debi needed to fall back.  And so we were off.

Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

I've run plenty of 5k's on this course so I'm more than familiar with the terrain, and I don't generally like it.  I just struggle at the end for some reason.  It makes no sense because this is a fairly easy course with just 4 right turns and only a few rolling hills.  But I was pleasantly surprised when we hit the first mile and my watch beeped 8:07.  Jana turned to give me high five and it was that instant that I knew I was going to PR.  Sure, that was probably a little too fast for me to sustain for 2.1 more miles, but I felt super confident and in control of my body.
Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

The rolling hills started after the 1 mile mark and I continued to push up them and recover going down them.  I was definitely feeling the fast pace but I knew I had to keep pushing.  It was like this was my now or never.  We turned the 3rd right turn and I was face to face with a hill that normally is my nemesis.  I powered up that hill and felt myself smile as I knew this was going to happen.  My watch beeped 8:25 for mile 2, and even though I had slowed down, I was aware I would get my sub 28.

Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

Luckily there was a good downhill after that nemesis hill and I backed off a little to save some steam for a final push.  I think it was around this point when I realized Debi was no longer with us.  I felt like a horrible running partner but I knew she had silently dropped back so I would keep going.  I had to do this for her and for all the times she had believed in me.  So I pressed forward even when I made that final right turn and could see the finish line SO FAR away.  My lungs and legs were on fire but I felt a desire like I had never felt before.
Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

We moved closer and closer to the finish line and Jana told me I had this and dropped back.  I was on my own for the last few tenths and I just wanted to be done.  My watch beeped for mile 3 with a time of 8:30 and although this was a great positive split race, I had done it.  I gave it the best kick I could with the last tenth at a 6:44 pace and I crossed the finish line with a gun time of 26:28.

Memphis Runners Track Club: 2014 Bunny Run 5K &emdash;

I immediately peed my Oiselle Game Day shorts a little and collected myself enough to go write down my name on the card they had handed me as I crossed the line.  I knew from the card that I was the 27th female out of 401.  Um, not too shabby.  Jana crossed not long after me with a great time, and she told me that I had pushed her.  This is a great compliment from my speedy little friend.  We waited for Debi and celebrated a great race.  I also got to see my friend Christin who also PR'd!  I was glad to finally get to introduce her to Debi and Jana.  Liz made it a little bit later with her daughter who absolutely killed her first 5k!  Angela from Race Addict was there too and it was so nice to get to see her.  Her whole family ran and her nephew ran a 23 minute race!

We headed over to the after party and after some cajoling, we stayed for the awards.  Debi and Jana felt like I could have possibly placed although I wasn't thinking that was a possibility.  Nevertheless, whose name did they happen to call for 3rd place in the 30-34 year age group?  That would be this girl.

What a perfect way to end my run in the 30-34 age group, since I turned 35 the week after!  Obviously this was a great race for me, and one I will never forget.  I worked hard to get that PR and I am so proud of myself.  I cut 2:21 off my previous PR from less than a year ago and 10 minutes off where I started 2 years ago.

Hard work pays off y'all.  Don't give up on your goals, no matter how big they may seem.  Because you never know who might be cheering you on:
Jana's husband, Scott, found Kara at the Boston expo!

And as usual, here's what I wore:

Nuun Visor  (not pictured here)
Lululemon Stuff Your Bra Tank
Oiselle Game Day Shorts (no longer made, try the roga shorts for a similar look)
Mizuno Wave Sayonara

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