Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crystal City 5K: race report (Graham)

Graham has been doing the couch to 5K program along with the poet (breaking in his Vibrams - a pair of shoes I am violently against, but that's another story).  They made it most of the way through the program over the past 2 months, although their training has been a little inconsistent.  Friday night was his big debut, and Molly & I decided to go along to cheer him on.


His race plan was to start at the back and slow.  He was going to walk if he needed to, but he wanted to try and run the whole thing.  He spent the afternoon hydrating and sleeping on a giant green pillow in the living room.  I helped him into his race shirt and we headed to the start.
The starting line was really crowded and Molly made a bunch of new friends, but Graham was pretty nervous and just wanted to focus on his race.  
At the call to the start, everyone got kisses and Molly bit Graham on the leg for good luck.  Beth came to the race to pose as the official race photographer.


We saw him right after he crossed the start line and he looked confident and strong.
Molly was very excited to spectate.
We walked to the corner where we would see him right after the water stop.  The lead men, and then the lead women, came around pretty quickly.  Graham crossed the start line pretty far behind the clock, and we weren't sure where we were in the race so we didn't know when to expect them.  But they came around pretty quickly, and he had a great big smile on his face.
We walked down the street a few feet to wait for them at the 3M marker.  We saw them quite a bit sooner than I expected, although Graham was starting to look pretty tired.  
He got a shot of adrenaline when he saw his mama the 3-mile marker and sped up to finish in 30:09.  Automatic PR, Graham!


Graham says that he likes the 5K distance and he hopes to run a sub-30 next time.  Molly also has been bitten by the race bug and can't wait until she is old enough to train for a 5K herself.


Day 4: 5.25M to the LBS & back where I finally purchased the Gore Windstopper jacket I've been drooling over since November (at 65% off!) and 20.16 extremely windy miles around HP.
Also, the poet was kind enough to assist with the photography and I learned that I have extremely poor foot position on the bike.  Fab.
I got honked at here, by the way, for signaling that I was about to turn.  Lame.

22 comments:

  1. Graham is awesome! He will totally sub 30:00 next time. And Molly may be the most excited-to-see-her-runners cheering squad I've ever seen! So cute!

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  2. This is the best race report! G was a rockstar on Friday (and the Poet was too).

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  3. This is absolutely adorable! Best race report ever. You have the most gorgeous dogs & little racers :)

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  4. Such a cute race report! Nice job Graham!

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  5. Soooo adorable :). And great job Graham!!

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  6. Graham is a Rock Star! Dash wants to run a race with him! Hopefully they'll bring back the Fast & The Furriest 5k!

    Tell the poet that this leash system is a dream to run with: Leash Buddy
    Dash has it in red (of course), I attach leash buddy to her collar and I don't have issue with her pulling (unless she sees a friend and then it's tempo time!).

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  7. Awww congrats Graham on your debut 5k!!!!

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  8. Aw, congrats to Graham for being a speedster pup! I should have said hi during the race!

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  9. this is beyond adorable. thanks for the bright start to my morning! :)

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  10. HOORAY GRAHAM! Now take plenty of rest days and crosstrain, Grahamers. :)

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  11. Too stinkin' cute! I plan to replicate Graham's pre-race routine before my next 5K. Or without the 5K, even.

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  12. Congrats to Graham! Are you going to have a little sibling rivalry on your hands when Molly starts racing?

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  13. Way to go Graham! Can't wait until it's Molly's turn...

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  14. Very cool race report. And the honking....seriously? What are you supposed to do?

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  15. Congrats Graham! That's a great pace! Delilah ran a 2 mile race twice but she doesn't know how to pace herself- she ran the first half really fast and then wanted to stop during the second. She doesn't understand the concept of negative splits. I don't think she could run a 5k... she could walk it though.

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  16. I was confused by this title at first..."doesn't that race happen in July?!" Those crazy Crystal City peeps, pumping out the 5Ks!

    Um, yah, Vibrams. That's another post for another day....but yay, Dog PR!

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  17. So adorable! Haha! Way to PR, Graham! =D

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  18. So cute. I'm trying to convince Leela to run her first 5K on April 22nd, so you and the pups should join if you are around!

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  19. Can you please ALWAYS put your pups in those shirts?! So cute!

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  20. Ooooh, I have a Gore running jacket. Wonderful thing - it's inflatable. Yes, really. It ROCKS.

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