Hot Chocolate 5K

22 Feb

I am a very happy girl today… MY GARMIN WAS FOUND!! I was seriously having a panic attack about losing this and trying to figure out how long I would have to wait before I bought a new one..I have become addicted to this thing quite fast! Thanks dad, your the best 🙂


Workouts: Rest day? Oops..I was reallly sore from my weight workout yesterday (oh hai one legged squats and deadlifts) and my shins were hurting so I decided not to do my running workout until tomorrow.  I probably should have done some ellipticalling but cest le vie.

Since I have decided to make this blog more of a running/exercise blog I think it is only proper that I give a race report of my first official road race since high school, The Hot Chocolate 5K.

I decided I wanted to train for a race when I went home one weekend in September and went to my mom’s team’s cross country meet (She coaches my old high school’s CC and Track teams).  So we developed a 6 week plan to get a speedy 5k time.  My goal was under 22 minutes.

I followed the training plan almost exactly but also developed some pretty bad shin splints.  I think it was a combo of running on a treadmill without an incline, bad shoes, and too much running too fast.  By the time race day came I was ready to get it over with.

Race day ended up being FREEZING. It started at 7:30 am and it was under 20 degrees, in November.  Meaning it hadn’t really gotten cold yet so I wasn’t used to running in the cold.  My legs pretty much felt numb from the beginning.  I didn’t run the race I wanted too, I think I psyched myself out about it because I never saw the first mile marker so I kept thinking I was running too slow but then saw the 2 mile at 15:30, I was on pace for my goal.  I ended up finishing in 24:55, not my goal but I did it!

The BEST part about this race though came later that day.  I kept checking the race results to see what my actual time was, and then much to my surprise when they were finally posted I saw my name listed as one of the top three females!! But with a 24:55 and over 12,000 runners, there is no way that was true.  The race must have gotten my chip mixed up with someone much quicker!  It was my bib number, my name, my age, just NOT my time.  I emailed the race directors and they said they would check into it but nothing was ever changed.  And then about a month later I received a huge plaque in the mail for being the 3rd place women with my picture on it and everything! It was quite funny but I do feel bad for whoever actually got that time and place.  I did report the error so there wasn’t much else I could do.  The plaque now hangs in our kitchen as a joke, but whenever someone new comes over they are immediately impressed with my skillzzz.

Did your race place/time ever get messed up?

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6 Responses to “Hot Chocolate 5K”

  1. Allison @ Runs A Latte February 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I ran the Hot Choc.15K! It was beyond freezing! There were so many people and just not enough running space, although I did enjoy stuffing my face with chocolate fondue at the end! I’ve never had my race times messed up, but I love that you have the plaque hanging in your kitchen! Ha! Hey, you tried, right?

    • Ashley February 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      Oh yes the chocolate fondue was soo yummy! I forgot to mention that 🙂

  2. Erica February 23, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    We all need a good rest day or two each week! Glad you took it easy 🙂 That is awesome that you did SO amazing on your first race since HS!!! under 20 degrees? I couldn’t do it. I’m such a wuss in the cold 😉 Hope you’re having a good one

  3. mealsformiles February 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Glad your Garmin is ok – I don’t know what I’d do without mine either! I don’t think any of my race times have ever been messed up – what a pain that sounds like! But nice race 🙂 Hopefully you enjoyed some hot chocolate after…

    • Ashley February 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

      I did have some hot chocolate! But then was too light headed from my “hard” race to finish


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