SFRRC Catch The Roadrunner 5K – 20:52

A couple weeks ago, I won an entry to this race from my friend Renee.

Then my craptastic San Francisco Half happened, and of course I immediately thought my fast days were behind me and I was doomed to never PR again.  I took the week pretty easy, doing lots of slow runs with the stroller and a hilly 16 mile trail run with Aron the day before this race.

I got out of bed at 6 AM Sunday morning and my legs were pretty sore from all the tough miles the day before.  I made it to Crissy Field and did a very easy 1 mile warm up.  My legs still felt pretty dead, and when we lined up at the start, I told my friends I’d probably run about 23 minutes.

When the gun went off, I took off with the crowd and immediately felt like my heart was beating way too fast.  I tried to concentrate on controlling my breathing.  My legs, surprisingly, felt awesome, and I was shocked to go through the first mile in 6:42.

I was determined not to look at my watch and just run by feel. The turn-around was just past the Warming Hut near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The last part of the course was on a flat packed gravel path with the wind at our backs. I was trying my hardest not to think about how far the finish was, just to keep putting one foot in front of the other as fast as I could.

After what felt like an eternity, I saw the 3 mile marker and turned a corner to the finish line about 100 meters away. The clock was still under 21, so I ran as hard as I could, hoping I could sneak in just under my PR of 20:54. My garmin said 20:53, and they announced my time as 20:52, so I DID get a new PR! I was also first in my age group and 3rd woman overall. Gotta love those tiny races!

This was an incredibly well-run race, especially considering it was their first. It started on time, the course was very well-marked, and it was chip-timed, so results were posted really quickly. It measured exactly 3.10 on my Garmin, which almost never happens! They had a great raffle at the end, and really good post-race food (not that you need much re-fueling after a 5K, but it’s always nice to have around). Plus they gave out medals for the top 3 in each age group!

Big thanks to RoadBunner for all the photos!


9 Responses to “SFRRC Catch The Roadrunner 5K – 20:52”

  1. 2 Mia August 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Nice! I ran pace this race on Sunday and caught a glimpse of the 23 minute finishers – clearly, you had cooled down and had your feet up by this time 🙂 (Btw, been following your blog for a while now and tried a few of the recipes that you’ve posted!)

  2. 3 jen August 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    congrats on the PR cate! you’re so fast. i’m racing a 5K this weekend and would love to get a new PR. i’m hoping all the crossfit i’ve been doing will pay off. we shall see!

  3. 4 Kelsey August 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Congratulations on the PR, Cate! You are such an incredible runner. Way to push through what you thought would be an “off” race!

  4. 5 Renee August 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That picture of you approaching the finish is amazing. So incredibly badass!

  5. 6 Kate August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I bet those hilly stroller runs made you that much faster on flat ground!

  6. 7 Cathryn @ My Heart's Content August 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    GOLD medal for Cate!!! Love it, well done!!

  7. 8 Susan Colborn August 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Cate — Great to have you out on the course and thanks for the positive feedback!!

  8. 9 Page August 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    WOOHOO! Congrats on the PR! And that image of the blurry background and your long stride is fantastic!

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