Monday, March 15, 2010

Ras na hEireann 5k 2010

Well, I may have dried out from the race, but it's still raining here in Boston... by the time it stops (i'm hoping that time comes soon), we'll have gotten at least 6" of rain. Add in the windchill, and I'm totally ready for spring!

Elina & I

After volunteering at the Jingle Bell 5k this winter and seeing how much fun everyone was having, I signed up for the Irish-themed Ras na hEireann 5k that was this past Sunday in Davis Square. I didn't dress up like a leprechaun, but I did sport a big green hat that managed not to fly away ;) Prior to hearing the forecast, my goal was 24min... not a PR, but it would beat my time for "winter" races when I haven't started doing any speedwork. After hearing that the rain was not going to let up, I let all hopes of that go out the window and just wanted to survive! Luckily I ran into Elina on the escaltor getting off the T, and we got each other psyched up despite the weather at the start :)

Kerstin & I

I wasn't too cold waiting for the start, but I couldn't quite feel my feet for the first 1/4-1/2mi. Luckily I warmed up quickly, even wishing I had one less layer on top with 1mi to go! I have a tendency to take off too fast, and indeed I did (sorry Elina!!). I saw Tina on the course, lots of green, a super hero, and LOTS of puddles. I left my newly acquired tracking device at home for fear of drowning so I had no idea of how far I had left, but after a few rolling hills and a jaunt through a park, the finish line finally came into view. When I saw the clock, it was inside 24 minutes and I did what I could to book it, realizing my goal was actually in sight. I crossed the line at 24.01, with a chip time of 23.45!!! Woo hoo!!! A great start to the year ;) Afterward, I was lucky enough to run in to Elina and Tina, as well as Kerstin, who was running her first 5k! She rocked it, and luckily enjoyed it despite the weather! After snapping a few photos (thanks ladies/husbands ;)), I got some tea and headed home to warm up. On a side note, this is the second race I've done in a row with heavy rain, and I'm hoping this trend doesn't hold up...

18 comments:

Elina said...

I'm glad you took off and met your goal. I would have just held you back. I'm happy with my time and super happy for you :D

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

My goodness - that is a SPEEDY 5km - CONGRATULATIONS :)

Bridget said...

Wow you did amazing!!! That is one fast 5k...little speed demon! Maybe I'll work up to that someday :) Yeah I think better weather would of been much more condusive to meet up! Congrats again!

ActiveEggplant said...

Wow - that's a FAST 5k! Way to go!

Kerstin said...

Thanks for encouraging me to enter - it was so fun and now I have a new favorite work out activity :) You are SO fast and inspiring!!

Megan said...

Great job! A bunch of my friends ran that too, but I wasn't brave enough to join them... I also had to work.

I'm so sick of all this rain too!

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

YAY!!! Congrats on an awesome 5K!!

Joanne said...

Woohoo! Congrats!! I am SO proud of you. I can't believe you ran it in this weather. You are such a trooper.

Kelly said...

Very impressive that you met your goal in those conditions! Actually just very impressive that you got out of the house in those conditions. I definitely hope that this racing in the rain trend does not continue, it's just not nearly as fun!

elra said...

You and kerstin are so amazing and have a such good discipline. That is admirable!

♥peachkins♥ said...

WOW! You guys are amazing!

Nicole said...

wow! Your time was amazing! congratulations~ your blog is so inspiring!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, congrats on doing this - amazing!

Christina said...

Congrats, Shannon! Really great time!

biz319 said...

Woot! Awesome time, even considering the conditions!! Glad you were able to meet up with so many bloggers too :D

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Your such a trooper for running in the rain! Great job!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, nice job!! I can't imagine running in that kind of weather, so I"m quite impressed. Thank goodness the rain is over, righ?!

Sues

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

Whoa! Good for you! I can't believe you actually ran a 5K in that crazy weather we had this past weekend. And congrats on your time - amazing! I'm glad you had fun and you were a good sport about the lousy weather. You looked adorable in your green hat ;)

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