Marathon Sports 5 Miler Race Recap

Yup. That title says race recap! Thursday night I had a secret race planned. Well, not totally secret-I just didn’t talk about it on the blog. Look at that, I kept a race a secret!!! I really wanted to do another 5k but I couldn’t find one in the area that could coordinate with my crazy busy life this week. Sometimes in the summer-I wonder how I can do ALL that I do and have a full time job because this week is crazy!!

I stumbled upon the Marathon Sports 5 Miler in Weston MA. I had noooo idea where Weston was, I just knew it sounded cool, and I wanted to do it. It doesn’t really take much for me to think it’s Cool, though. I’m kind of a “race slut” this year…I just really like racing.

Anyway-I didn’t want to fly solo-it is just soooooo much more fun and rewarding to run a race when you’re doing it with someone else-so my girl M agreed to do it with me. You know M-we did the 4th of July race together…

….where we matched…and the Great Bay Half Marathon….

I’m lucky she is down for all the short races because she immediately signed up..YAY for friends!!!

It turns out Weston is about 45 minutes from where we live. Who knew? the race started at 7pm, So we left at 5 so we could avoid such race faux pas as not having enough time to pee, standing in long lines, being able to warm up… Traffic was terrible and what should’ve taken us 45 minutes brought us to not arriving to the parking lots until 6:33pm. We both had to use the portas STAT and get our numbers-short on time, once again. There were 851 finishers, And 10 porta potties. Ten. #youdothemathonthelines. We only had time to stand in line and pee-we left the car and I had thought we would be returning to it so I didn’t even have time to go back and grab my GU&my headphones. It was a silent run, with my cell phone in my hand, and me fearing the whole time I would drop it. (I didn’t)
two cuties in the porta potty Line waiting for the race to start…we are Also wearing superhero tanks-hers has the “s” on the chest for Superman(woman!), and mine has Wonder Woman…question of the day:why did under armour make the logos the same color as the shirts??

The Start
..Was a little confusing. Person upon person on a grass field (side note-grass is hard to run in with running sneakers, yes? I’ve never done much “grass running” before) and we didn’t really know where we were going once we started. It started late 7:06 by my Garmin, and the race director announced it with his megaphone that the delay was due to roads not being totally closed. I am ok with late starts if it means that cars and I are not “bowling”. IE-I am the pin, they are the balls. Whatev, 6 minutes for safety-fine. My only complaint here is that it took soooo long for the crowd to thin out. Maybe two miles? At least, if not three miles before I could safely say that I wasn’t elbowing/getting head elbowed. #shortgirlprobs

I’ve never done a 5 mile race,
so I didn’t really know what I was going to do time-wise. By mile 2, I was quickly passing people, and for the rest of the course-it stayed that way. I was only passed by one dude-we shall call him “Mouth Breather”. I knew MB was using me as a mark because he was RIGHT ON my heels for 3+4. At that point I just wanted MB to pass me so I didn’t have to listen to the loud noises. Sorry, Man With Loud Breath- these were actually thoughts in my head, I’m sure you’re a lovely fellow… He was my only passerby. I also am proud of myself that I obeyed my number one short race rule-ignore thy Garmin.

It was a little hilly,
but my legs felt great. In fact, I was glad that I had done such a hilly course for my long run on Saturday since I probably did better because of it. I was glad I never looked at my Garmin. Each mile marker felt like it came up quickly, and I was never dying throughout the race. It was over and done before I had time to really worry about anything. My time:

It’s not often that you’ll hear/read this from me-but I am fine with this time. I thought I would do about 32-33….but given the fact that I was hungry, it was 71% humidity,
I had zero minutes to stretch, warm up, and had no headphones…I am Happy. . yeah, cherish that sentence-it doesn’t happen often. M also did AMAZING with a time of 43ish minutes:) YAY!!

The Post Race was chock full of stuff. I have never run a race with sooo many freebies…. We got our free t shirts, a million lara bars, full size bottles of chocolate coconut water and regular coconut waters, a super cool mileage tracker for our shoes called the “Milestone Pod”, and a whole bunch of other swag. THAT alone made up for the annoyance of the course over population, traffic, and lack of portas. There was also pizza and watermelon and most likely more stuff that we didn’t see because we live an hour away and it was already past 8.
These Grandmas had to get home..,

What the 5 miler ended up being for me was a sort of tempo run. I haven’t done any speed work this week because I wanted to save my legs for this. I had plenty of gas left in the tank when I was done, and I didn’t feel like puking:that is how I know I could’ve gone “harder”. I also didn’t HATE running like I did after my 5k. Next time! For now, I bid you a very happy weekend!

5 milers-love? Hate?

Do you like it more than the 5k or do you prefer a 5miler?

Night races? For or against?
I like them… But not being at work right now makes it tough because I have to wait around alllllllllllll day for a race to start. (I know, first world problems, right? The poor teacher has the summer off…haha!!!)


22 thoughts on “Marathon Sports 5 Miler Race Recap

  1. I’ve been following your blog lately because I too am training for Baystate and damn…speedy race! Good job girl!

  2. What a great race! I’m happy that you’re happy with your finish time…sometimes when I see people upset with a time that’s minutes faster than I could dream of running, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s nice to see a blogger kick butt AND appreciate a really excellent finish time!

  3. I have done a 5-miler once here in Corning, had to miss it this year but wanted to. I also am more interested in 5 miles than 5k because … well, distance.

    Also never done a night race but definitely sounds intriguing from what I have heard of a few!

    My wife worked at Waltham-Weston Hospital for a couple of years ages ago so I got to know the area pretty well. Nice place πŸ™‚

  4. Awesome job! You are so speedy!
    I think I’d like a 5 miler better than a 5k, although I’ve never done a 5 mile race. I tend to struggle in shorter distances because I put too much pressure on myself to be fast and burn out quickly.

  5. I’ve never done a 5 miler. I know 10ks are a struggle for me, so maybe a 5 miler wouldn’t be quite as bad as that. I actually did a 6k recently which was kind of weird distance, because it feels like you should be done at 3.1 but then you have to run another 1k!
    Great job!

  6. Great job, congrats!! That’s a great time! All I could think was that you must have had some really steep competition if that time was only good for 10th in your age group! 6:59 is a monster pace for a 5 miler! Happy post-race!

  7. Very nice! I actually think 5 miles is a perfect distance for me sometimes! It’s not too far but its far enough that it’s not a simple 5K πŸ˜‰
    You’re killin these races! I love seeing your recaps!! πŸ™‚

  8. Yay, glad you’re happy with your race! That sounds like an incredibly stressful start/get ready time. I think that’s why I’m not really a fan of night races. I feel like I stress about what I do and what I eat all day. Much easier to just get up and go in my opinion.

  9. That’s a great time for 5 miles! I’ve never done a night race but I’m guessing they’re not my thing since I never run at night! If I could somehow be flexible and gear up for one though I think it could be fun. Awesome job!

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