Monday, September 23, 2013

Harvest Festival Race and Road ID ( get your free shipping)

We had a very exhausting weekend so I am afraid our Runner's World visit post will have to wait until tomorrow when I can spend more time on it.  For today I will just do a brief recap of the Harvest Festival Race I ran on Saturday with my Dad.

I've run several Disney races with my dad, the Hollywood Movie Madness Race ( which he placed in his age division), and most recently the Run for the Dream race in Williamsburg, VA.  My dad is a great race buddy!

This is a local 5K race and it is a very flat and very fast course! This race is very popular among the local track and field team ( so there were lots of students running this race). Lacey won first place in her age division in this particular race last year!

 This wasn't on my list of races to do until the last minute, so up until last week I haven't been doing many 5K training runs.  I have to admit I have a different method of running when I'm training for a 5K versus a 10K or longer.  I already had my Garmin watch set at 3 min-30 sec. intervals.  I will run my normal pace for 3 minutes and then for 30 seconds I will really push and run a little harder.  This method has worked well for me in my last few training runs and I have been able to keep my 5K time under 30 minutes which was my goal.

Me and my dad before the race.

For the first full mile I was running neck to neck with another girl who was running my pace. I asked her what her goal time was and she said 25 minutes.  Although I knew I wanted to finish in less than 30 min, I was certain I wasn't going to be able to keep this pace in order to finish in 25.  So by mile 2, I slowed it down a bit.  I don't think I followed my  3 min-30 sec intervals the whole time. I ran slower when I had to and pushed harder when I felt I could.  

As I was nearing the finish line, I saw one of my friends who knew that my goal was to finish in less than 30. She was cheering for me and letting me know that I was going to do it! I saw the clock ahead and started pushing harder. When I crossed the finish the clock read 27:56, although for some reason the official print out said my time was 28 min.  Either way, I was very happy with my time. A new PR for me!

So neither of us won any age division award, but I did walk away a winner. Not only did I PR, but I won my choice of Road ID.  I've been reading a lot of posts lately about the Road ID bracelets, so I was excited about my prize.

If you are considering a Road ID of your own, I can offer you  a code for Free Shipping!
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I didn't realize there were so many styles of road ID and even ones that you can wear on your shoe!

Do you have some sort of Road ID that you run with it?

Thanks for reading.  I hope you all had a fun filled weekend.    ~M


  1. GREAT job on your PR!!! And I do not have a Road ID yet, but I need to get one!

    Looking forward to hearing about your Runner's World trip :)

    1. Thanks Lauren! I wasn't sure I needed a Road ID, but it sounds like a good idea!

  2. Nice job on your PR this weekend. I have been wearing a Road ID bracelet for a long time. Would not go on an outdoor run without that little pink bracelet!

    1. Thanks! I was really pushing hard in my training runs to PR at this race since the course was one of the flattest I would probably ever run! I am thinking of getting the pink bracelet too!