Monday, November 19, 2012

5k domination...

Happy Monday Bloggies!  For most of you it is the beginning of a short work week.... enjoy!  I am sitting here waiting for the repairman to come fix our heater.  He came yesterday morning, adjusted a wire in our thermostat gave it his blessing as the heat was running at the time and left.  This morning, the heater is still not cycling on properly.  Luckily (or not luckily as the case may be) this is the one day we are both off each week so we have all day to lounge around and wait on him.  I feel bad for CR as I think he had big plans on going to do some go-kart racing at an indoor track and then catching Lincoln at the movies but it seems that might get delayed.  Fingers crossed that they show up quickly!

Over the weekend I did a fun 5k with friends.  I say fun but as it turns out one had big plans on total 5k domination...  ha ha.  Early last week I got an email about a 5k across town that some of my friends were doing and did I want to come out and support the group?  Sure, sounds like fun - who doesn't love a nice low key 5k I told myself.


Friday night, the tweets started.  "Going to bed early so I can DOMINATE..." followed by a tweet about carb loading and garmin charging.  I think the words "it's ON" were used by another friend.  Suddenly my leisurely 5k didn't seem so leisurely.  I knew I was in trouble as I had done boot camp Friday morning and by Friday night, the DOMS was already taking up residence in my quads.  I knew it was going to be a painful weekend.  Who needs to go upstairs anyhow?

I arrived at the race Saturday and assessed the situation.  Mari took off on a warm up run as I stood there and conserved my energy.  :)  Yes, she wasn't kidding about domination.  The race was pretty small, so small that I worried I might get lost if I couldn't keep the people ahead of me in sight.  We all lined up at 8:00 and headed down the road.  I don't have any real strategy to racing other than to break free of the crowd as soon as possible.  Not because it give me any advantage but because I just hate dodging people.  About a mile in Miss Domination cruises past me.  At the turnaround, I am counting women and realize I am 4th OA.  I do thrive in races with small participation....  My other friend Callie is right behind me in 5th.  Up and down a few hills and we are headed for the home stretch.  I see a shadow coming up fast behind me.  It is a guy making a sprint for the finish.  Why must they always do this to me?  I kicked it into high gear and sprinted down the chute to the finish just barely beating him.  Afterwards, he came up to me and congratulated me on the race.  He said he was trying his best to beat me until I kicked it in gear.  LOL.  I ended up 2nd in my age group (Miss Domination took first - as it should be...)  :)



Post race, we headed over for coffee and bagels before I made my way to Trader Joe's.  We have a few in the ATL area but none are really near me.  Once I realized there was one across the street, I couldn't resist.  Check out my new prized possession....  a brussel sprout stalk!  They look so much fresher than the ones sold in bulk.  Apparently you cut them off the bottom as you need them.  They will stay fresh on the stalk for 2 weeks.


I had such a fun day!  I don't think I have laughed that much in a long time.  I need to do group races more often.  Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving week!  My Disney marathon training starts this week.  I am running this one with another total DOMINATOR (KC) so I had better lace up my shoes and get to training.    Can't wait!

  


16 comments:

B.o.B. said...

Congrats woman!!! You're going to do so well at Disney! I'm gonna be out there cheering my fool head off. lol! Excited to see you again!

Brussel sprouts taste like farts. IJS.

Callie said...

I haven't laughed that much in a long time either! We need to do it again. So much fun. And total domination *cue evil victory laugh*! ;)

Callie

concretencoffee.com said...

Haha, we have the brussel tree too, awaiting its fate on Thanksgiving :)

Way to rock the 5K! I haven't tried that distance for time in a while but I think after Thursday's half I'll look for some shorter races to hone my speed!

Matthew Smith said...

You totally did dominate by being 2nd in AG. That's sweet! I love small races too, because I actually have a chance of getting something for all the effort. Way to beat that last guy! Haha!

Have you been to the indoor track, Andretti's in Norcross, right? It is SO much fun and SO expensive.

I hope your heater is working. If you're too cold, you're welcome to bring the troops to our house and use our heat! :)

Carolina John said...

Wow cool! I'll take an age group award any way I can get one. You did great.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Congrats on chicking that dude!! Proud of you. I have never in my life seen brussel sprouts on a vine. I didn't even know that they grew on vines. I thought they were in the ground like a head of lettuce or cabbage. I need to get out more.
This dominatrix, I mean dominator will be sure to leave the leather, whips, and chains at home and run the Dizzy marathon sans toys. Just me and my Garmin. Now get your booty training.

Mari Fridenmaker said...

Double Boot Camp then a 5K? I relinquish my Dominator status!

Colleen said...

I can just picture the three of you running your asses off and then sweeping the race! Awesome job out there Karen!

And don't you love TJ's???

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Best race shirt EVVVVVVVERRRRRR!!!!

Karen said...

I thought so too!

Karen said...

I think he wanted to go to Andrettis. It has been several years since we have been there. Sadly, we didn't make it there today... Good news though the heater is fixed (we think)!

Suz and Allan said...

Congrats on taking 2nd in your age group!

ajh said...

Outstanding job!

Kim said...

What a great race outcome - always fun to out kick someone (especially a guy)!!

Jamoosh said...

Age Group Podium = Awesome!

Kenley said...

Wow how many participants i wonder. lol. glad your 5k went well. Congratulations on that! woooot 10000xs.