Mar 19

Race Report: Irish Jig 5k

Jennie and I ran the Irish Jig this morning.  I have done this race quite a few times over the years, but this is the first time Jennie has accompanied me.  Lot’s of people dress up for the race and I even dressed up as a leprechaun one year (sorry, no pictorial evidence exists).  This is one of the biggest 5k’s in the area and they had a record breaking 3,887 total runners.  Because of the size, they have separate men’s and women’s events staggered by 35 minutes.  This is nice because we can watch each other’s race and photograph each other.

My race was up first at 9:00.  The race start was only a mile away so we bundled up and biked it.  It is a good thing we biked because had we chosen to drive, we would have only made it about a 1/2 mile before we would have had to park – not worth it.  Jennie had done packet pickup on her way home from work last night so we locked up the bikes and headed to the start.

Weather-wise, it was near perfect for a March race.  It was a bit chilly for my race, but noticeably warmer by the time Jennie started.  We got lucky with clear, sunny skies and no wind.  In past years, the weather has had a tendency of being miserable, so today was wonderful.

I moved as far to the front of the pack as I could.  I ended up finding a group of former college XC runners I know and lined up with them.  They are all much faster than I, but it gives me a good motivation at the start.

Mile 1

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Having done this race before, I knew that first mile was mainly downhill.  So, the goal was to not go out too hard.  Right after the gun went off, I knew this race was going to be a struggle.  I didn’t do my normal prerace strides or really any warm up at all.  Couple that with the fact that I did a 50 mile bike ride yesterday afternoon and my legs were not at all ready (or happy) to be moving.

Pace: 6:05 – Whoops, that was a bit too fast.

Mile 2

Also known as the hilly mile.  It is pretty much all up hill.  My legs burned the entire way.  I did my best to hang on to my pace by picking out runners in front of me to catch up to.

Pace: 6:38 – Did I mention the hill?

Mile 3

Finally done with the hills, all down hill from here.  It was time to kick it back into gear and make up some of the time I lost during mile 2.  At this point, I didn’t even want to look at my watch because I felt my chances of a sub-20 died with mile 2.  However, at about 2.5 miles, two of the college XC guys caught up to me.  What?!? These guys usually smoke me.  Well, one of them is recovering from a back injury so he was “taking it easy”.  I figured that “taking it easy” for him was still pretty fast so my hopes for a good time were renewed.  I gunned it in the rest of the way.

Pace: 6:21 Final .1 Pace: 5:33

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I ended up crossing the finish line in 19:39, 1 second off of my PR.  Woohoo!  I’ll take that any day.  I couldn’t be happier with my time as I haven’t really done any speed work in months. 

My toe held up extraordinarily well.  I wore my Kinvara’s instead of my DYADs which I have been favoring because they have more cushioning.  I still feel my toe occasionally but I wouldn’t call it “pain”; more awareness.  I’m more worried about re-stubbing it now than I am about damaging it further by running on it.

We forgot to take our pre-race picture so we snapped a quick one in between our races before Jennie hustled over to her start.

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I won’t ruin Jennie’s race report.  You can read it here if you want.  Spoiler alert: She had a HUGE PR!  I am so proud of her!  Go read about it now.  I’m wait..

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Ok, welcome back. (Assuming you came back, I don’t blame you if you didn’t)

Finally, I’ll leave you with a picture of why this race is so good – the goody bag.  This is an assortment of the post-race refreshments and goodies Jennie and I walked off with.  And, no, we did not fill our pockets with everything we could grab. They were handing out pre-packaged bags with all of this stuff in them to each runner.  This stuff is going to great to stuff in my jersey pockets for long bike rides.

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Thanks for reading!

Overall Results

Total Time: 19:39
Overall Place: 137/1912
Gender Place: 136/1639
Age Group Place: 25/184
Run Pace: 6:20 min/mile

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  1. Jessica

    White cheddar popcorn is MY FAVORITE! You guys are awesome! Good job!

  2. Matt Smith

    Way to go, Kevin! That’s smokin’ fast. One day, I want to be like you! 🙂 Congrats!

  3. Mandy

    I love smartfood popcorn! Congrats on an awesome race…dude, you are freaking FAST!! I think the only time I have seen a 6:20/min mile is in my truck. Awesome.

    Congrats to Jenny too, I am heading over to read her RR now.

  4. Jeff Irvin

    Awesome Job Kevin! That is one heck of a goodie bag there – wow!

  5. Spike

    Excellent job, and only 1 sec off of a PR after finally making your way back from the terrible foot injury…again, excellent job!

  6. lindsay

    suuuure you didn’t raid the post-race food. it’s ok, you’re american, you’re entitled to that.

    jk i believe you.

    congrats to jennie! and congrats to you on an almost-pr. too bad your beloved orange maple leaf shirt isn’t green. i feel you wear that one everytime you’re posting pics.

    seriously, i believe you. is all that food supposed to last until you go for a long ride? i’d prob eat it in a day or two.

  7. Colleen

    Congrats to both of you on great race! And I’m super impressed with the post race food! I’m lucky to get a non stale bagel or a cookie at races around here! I need to race with you guys!

  8. Scott

    Congrats to the both of you

    PS I want it noted that I behaved myself last night

  9. Morgan

    Congrats on a great race buddy! You rocked it! Now that’s the way to come back from an injury!!!!

    And that stash… holy crap! I need to run this race next year!

  10. Derek

    VERY solid effort! 1 sec off !!

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