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Cinco de Mile RR

DrWhiskers

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Short and sweet, both the race and the RR. I’ve never run a 1 mile “race” before and had no real desire until I learned that my coach would be the race director for an inaugural local one. The race date ended up, of course, on the same morning as DH’s first triathlon of the season. Luckily, I’m smarter than I look and was able to figure out a way to make it all happen.

5am: wake up!

530am: leave house. Stroller and Garmin for me… 1000 pieces of equipment for DH. Gosh, triathletes are high maintenance!

6am: Intended parking area for triathlon is NOT allowing traffic from the direction we arrive from, contrary to map on website.

6:01: Almost complete freakout by DH

6:02: Few illegal traffic maneuvers puts us in a prime spot.

6:03-6:45: Mill around while DH sets up transition area. Feel thankful that I am not getting in the gross, freezing cold (68 degree) water. Yeah, no.

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7:11: DH’s wave starts! The swim is not exciting to watch because you can’t really see anything until they come back in. Spectator failure: I don’t see DH come out of the water. DS and I watch for awhile, about 10 minutes past when he should have come out but don’t see him. I planned on watching him start the bike then head over to my race…I feel slightly off about leaving when I don’t know for sure he came out of the water. Hmmm. I figure he swam faster than we anticipated and came out earlier than expected (which thankfully is what ended up happening but I wouldn’t know this for another hour!)

7:45: I stroller jog to my race which is convienently about 1.5 miles away from the triathlon start. Perfect! DS is 5 years old and about 45 lbs. Not perfect. It’s hard to find an easy pace.

8:05: Easiest bib pickup ever. Coach is at the registration table and hands me my stuff. There are 5 heats for the 1 mile race: Masters men, Masters womem, Open men, Open women, then Kids. I’m slightly nervous that I will be DFL in the Open women’s heat. The race is small, maybe 20-30 people per heat with  most of the racers being on race teams or track clubs. I have no idea what I’ll run. My “PR” is from during a 5K a few weeks earlier (7:50). The smart online calculators say in the 7:20-7:30?

8:15: Find out friends that were going to come…can’t. Slight panic as the dad was going to watch DS while I ran.

8:20: Coach finds a volunteer to keep an eye on DS. Crisis averted!

9am: Race! I am normally a solid pacer. Not today. The first half is really fast but as soon as it starts to suck, it’s over! Official time 7:13. Sweet PR! And I liked this a lot better than a 5K. Also, I finished in the lead of the “normal people” pack. There were maybe 4-5 women after me.

9:20: time for the main event—the kid’s mile! [side note: DS ran a mile race as part of a HM and 5K event last year but he jogged and walked with some friends. And the course was about 1.7 miles instead of 1 mile so not a memorable event for a 4 year old.] We’ve been practicing a bit in the previous few weeks, doing one mile with a mix of running and walking. I was hoping to just encourage him to try and run the whole thing. And he did! Coming in at 10:17. His medal is a piñata so he was pretty excited. I asked him later if he’d like to do it again sometime and he said “it was pretty long. Maybe next year when I’m 6”.

 

He's the little guy in the blue shirt on the right side. Just ignore that heel striking!

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Congrats to Little Whiskers! Nice job on the mile (and all the work you had to do to get there). Looks like a big day for the whole family.

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That is a pretty awesome pinata award. No wonder he was excited. Congrats on the mile PR. I really need to run a mile race sometime...we have a huge one here (5 heats, Men's Competitive, Women's Competitive, Recreational (walkers, strollers, no AG prizes), Dog mile (for you guessed it, people to do with their dogs), and the Elite wave (Men who have run faster than 4:30 mile, Women who have run faster than 5:30). Plus a kids 1/4 dash. But since I'm always training for long races I've never fit it in.

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Awesome job pulling off a PR with so much chaos to get to the start! Mile races are so fun and the faster you finish the quicker you can end the pain!

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Wow what a busy day for the fam! So cool you all got to compete on the same day. Love that competitive look at the start line...best of all he clearly seemed to enjoy the run itself!

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Weekends like this are #familygoals. Awesome that everyone got out there and had something to participate in. 

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 4:42 AM, Dave said:

So how did the tri end up for DH?

Triathlons are can be hard to compare against each other (always slightly different distances). DH was very happy with his faster-than-expected swim but his bike wasn't anything spectacular and that's where he's spent the most time in recent months. So good and meh, I guess.

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 11:38 AM, amarie2009 said:

That is a pretty awesome pinata award. No wonder he was excited. Congrats on the mile PR. I really need to run a mile race sometime...we have a huge one here (5 heats, Men's Competitive, Women's Competitive, Recreational (walkers, strollers, no AG prizes), Dog mile (for you guessed it, people to do with their dogs), and the Elite wave (Men who have run faster than 4:30 mile, Women who have run faster than 5:30). Plus a kids 1/4 dash. But since I'm always training for long races I've never fit it in.

You should give it a go! The beauty of a 1 mile race is you need no taper and no recovery. And it's not too taxing so I could see fitting it into a much longer run.

I don't think I'd ever do one on the track though because I would totally get lapped which would be zero fun.

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Cinco de Mile is on of the best race names I've heard.  Sounds like a great day - congrats to your whole family!

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