Saturday, May 3, 2014

Day 2,680: Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K

DECATUR, Ga. -- We never hesitate to sign up for the Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K. For one, it's a good race for the Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool.

For another, I love the Pete the Cat T-shirts, something which I tend to wear year-round.

This year the race was held in the neighborhood of the school. In 2011 and 2012 when we ran in the race, it was held around Coan Park in Kirkwood. (I don't know if this is new for this year or if they made the change last year, since we only participated as phantom runners, signing up for the T-shirt but not in the race since we were out of town).

The pre-race was a pretty friendly atmosphere. I was able to pick up the 2012 race shirt (my original one was lost when my luggage was stolen after checking it on a Delta flight last May).

The race started out pretty fast. It was downhill and then somewhere before the first mile there was a gigantic hill. I sprinted up this, which I'm sure looked ridiculous but I did it because I knew I could do it (pushing 50 extra pounds every day on 6-mile runs has to count for something, right?)

The pace continued to be pretty fast. There was another uphill in the second mile leading up to Mile 3. Over the East Lake overpass, I felt like I was doing pretty well. I didn't have a whole lot of kick (one guy outkicked me with maybe .2 mile left in the race) but I still finished strong.

My 23:08 is within my top 5 fastest 5Ks I've done in my life. Considering this is just a week since I ran 23:06 in Atlantic Station, I'll take that kind of consistency any day.

We stuck around for the little one to participate in the tot trot, his second race. This one was twice as long as last week's!

Time: 8:05 a.m.
Temp: 48 degrees
Gear: Technical T-shirt, short (Doug Kessler 10K), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 30/A.

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