It was a great day for running. Today was the Steelers 5K of which the great selling point is finishing in Heinz Field. Being a huge Steelers fan, I was all over this race. I woke up at 7 am and got myself ready. If you are interested in my times/finish you can read that here.
At me a Honey Stinger (side note, does anyone else think ‘Honey Stinger Don’t Care’ when they eat these? No….?No? Bueller?)
These things are good. Totally eating one of these this Saturday for the half marathon. I didn’t feel too full and wasn’t running on empty either for the race. I also drank a Starbucks espresso and cream and was out the door.
I don’t live incredibly far from the stadium, but I was worried about the parking. They had two lots open for free parking. When I got there Gold Lot 1 was full (as expected) but Gold Lot 2 was still open. In fact, I got primo parking in front of the porta potties!
I got there at about 7:45. The race was scheduled to begin at 9am so I had plenty of time to walk around and get loosened up. I actually sat in my car until 8am because I didn’t want to be walking too much.
My favorite part of it all was that you could actually walk into the stadium before the race began. Lots of people were taking advantage of that. There were plenty of cups of water being laid out, though honestly I was hoping for Gatorade. After all, the race was sponsored by them 🙂 Maybe I was just hoping a little too much. I wasn’t upset about it as it wasn’t super hot and I don’t even usually drink gatorade on shorter runs ….(whine whine whine…..bitch bitch bitch). I dunno, just strange I didn’t see any around I guess. Maybe I missed it?
ANYWAYS, I am pretty familiar with the race route because I’ve ran it many Saturdays before.
Lots of boats were lined up against the shore which was pretty neat when we started running. Lots of people cheering and a few confused folks.
Seriously, this is why I love running this trail.
I walked around a bit more and headed to the start around 8:45. There was a corral system which was different to me for a 5k. It was necessary since this is a narrow trail, well not insanely narrow but for the number of people running it was.
It was neat, though I do think some people got confused and went in the wrong ones. I got caught in a lot of bottlenecks and a lot of people walked without recognizing their surroundings. Oh well, you live and learn and you deal.
The race began shortly after 9 with the first wave starting then. I was in the 4th wave. I started towards the right outside and was kinda freaking out that I was going to fall into the river but that passed quickly. This was where I experienced the most problems oddly enough with people walking. I kept starting up and stopping and eventually passed enough people to get comfortable. The first water stop was at the first mile and there was plenty to go around. It even had ice which was nice! I ended up chewing it for a bit and that was a different experience …nice 🙂
As the path grew narrower after the first mile more and more people began to walk and more and more people began to slow down. It is inevitable and not much that people can do but just run and dodge. I felt I did a pretty good job. It was about 1.5 miles when the turnaround was and we ran back on an open road which was AMAAAAAAAAAAAZING.
From here on out I experienced no issues, other than I had to pee LIKE MAD. Holy crap did I have to pee like …it was not good. I saw several porta potties but was determined to not stop. Come on, I’m not stopping TO PEE. Geez.
Anyways, there were several Army service men on the sides of the road blocking it off and it was cool to shake their hands and give them high fives. I’m sure they think runners are insane. We are putting our bodies through so much and yet we are so happy and giving handshakes and high fives!
When we crossed the 2nd mile mark is when we headed down the
ugh I can’t remember the name of this freaking road but it leads to Heinz Field road towards the stadium. No lie, this was incredibly motivational. Running down this stretch and seeing the end in your sight is awesome. I even heard a lot of runners saying that it was the main reason they kept running!
The end was great. Though, one peeve was that the Rib Fest is going on ….so when I ran through, I could smell the delicious ribs getting ready. Mmmmm….didn’t help I ran past a cart of Blue Moon either. Oh well, just keep running ….nothing to see here…..
The finish was awesome. Everything I thought it would be. I especially enjoyed the fact they had the runners on the jumbotron!
After the race they shooed people of the finish like normal. You could hang around on the field for photo ops and stuff, just weren’t really allowed to lay on the grass which I get (hello, this is for football).
From there you walked up the steps and they had food and refreshments in the Great Hall. I also had this finishers tag on my bib that I was supposed to give to someone in a finishers tent, but I had no idea where that was (or if it existed).
If there was a time I was confused, it was here. I was hungry and thirsty and wasn’t entirely sure where the lines began and ended for the food. They were set up at the concession stands, but there were two seperate lines. I ended up accidentally cutting some people, but I don’t even think they knew where they were in line either, lol. I grabbed some chocolate milk and a banana. There were oranges, cookies, ice cream and some kinda bread stuff. They also had water, sierra mist and pepsi. I high-tailed it out after grabbing my food though.
I believe they had door prizes and raffles (I saw some footballs, coolers and Steelers merch lined up) but I didn’t stay for that.
The only other thing is that they didn’t give out medals. At least, I don’t believe they did. I don’t really mind, though. The cost of this race is 15 bucks and a lot of the money goes to charity (including a scholarship to my alma mater, North Catholic). I don’t even really like medals, I would prefer a nice tech-tee or a jacket honestly.
All in all, it was a fun race. I will totally run it next year given the opportunity (and force Brian to as well) It was well put together and had a fun atmosphere. Plus, how can you say no to running in to Heinz Field? You can’t.
Miles Today; 3.1
Miles This Week; 3.1
5K Number 3 is in the books!
I had a BLAST at the Gatorade/Steelers 5K. It was awesome to walk in and around the stadium and see so many past steelers and steelers fans! And ….I broke my goal for this race of running a sub 30 5k!
Chip times were announced and my time was 28:58!
Good Saturday everyone! Sorry I have been absent this past week but I’ve sure had a busy and productive one!
This Wednesday I went over to my friend Andrea’s place. I’m cat-sitting this weekend for her and figured it was the perfect time to ask her to be a bridesmaid! She said yes 🙂 I think she’s more excited than I am!!! Haha.
Thursday was a hectic day at work. It was one of those days I would prefer to never repeat, nothing bad happened it was just way too busy for my own good. That night Brian and I decided to finally go and set up our joint bank account! We both worked 8-5 that day, but since he works a bit farther from our bank I beat him there and feasted on some tea and sushi.
This was one of those annoyances that I really wanted to get taken care of, so I’m happy we finally have an account. I just need to add him as an authorized user on one of my credit cards and we are all set. I also got the Comcast set up as well, thankfully! We’ll have internet and cable on September 16th 🙂
And yesterday was a fun day of work. My coworker and I brought in donuts for our team because of the long weekend, and our boss had to stay until 8:30 the night prior. I invited the IT guys for some too, and in the process discovered their IT fort of computer boxes. It was amusing.
And now onto RUNNING! Yeah, what this blog is for.
Last night I went and picked up my bag and bib for the Steelers 5K tomorrow!
LOTS of Steelers things. And I was super excited about the deodorant cause it’s the EXACT kind that I use. There were lots of coupons, Steeler stickers and pictures and a few samples of lipton teas. I really like the race shirt (it’s a Nike Dri-Fit) but it’s a mens size so the sleeves are a bit long on me. Bummer. BUT, registration for this races was only 15 bucks so I wasn’t even expecting this much swag! I was impressed.
I haven’t run or worked out all week. My 12 miler last week really took it out on me and instead of running junk miles, I allowed myself to cool out and just recover. I have been itching to run, and I hope that I still am tomorrow for the race.
I’ve learned though that while there are those days that you should force yourself to run, sometimes you need a mini break to enjoy it again. I don’t want to run so much that it feels like a job. Especially since I’ve got a lot going on (HELLO, MOVING IN TWO WEEKS). I’ve got enough running coming up 🙂
Miles Today; 3.18
Miles This Week; 7.8
Tunes of the Run; Right Now – Van Halen
I did it! I’m not sure HOW but I ran a 5K in 30:41! That’s like …what …about 1:40 quicker than last time. How did this happen? Oh well, won’t argue!
I woke up at 6am and took a quick shower. I was ready and out the door at 6:45 and made it to the race area by 7:15. I actually had a lot of downtime to just walk around and warm up. Picked up my timing chip and took a quick .5 mile warmup walk around the mall.
Look how artsy-fartsy I am? I know, you are so jealous.
Around 7:30 I went back to all the tents. I found a tent where a chiropractor was giving out free massages …and I was like OH HELL YES. He massaged my neck SO GOOD. I have pretty tight muscles in my neck because I tend to whip my head back and forth at work staring at two monitors. I know that’s an insanely lame reason to need a massage, but damn did it feel good. Totally worth the 25 sign up fee! Haha ….it wasn’t a short one either, it was a nice 10 minute massage. Then I went over to the long line of porta potties ….only four potties and I think I waited 10 minutes then headed back to the start.
One of the sponsors was the local EMT/LifeFlight unit so they brought in a helicopter! Cool.
The race didn’t start until 8:05, but I wasn’t really too upset about it. The race wasn’t “too” serious, though I did see a few other runners out there that looked like they meant business. And then at 8:05 we were off.
I started off at a 9:33 pace. I didn’t FEEL like I was running this fast! My little legs are used to a 10:30 pace so this was kind of shocking to me. I only looked down at my pace around half way the first mile and I almost gasped out loud. Seriously …how was I running this fast and it was feeling this good? I just went with it.
The race was two laps around a mall, and the first lap went by SO fast. I couldn’t believe it …I passed the entrance tent and was just amazed. Around 1.5 miles I started to get a bit of a cramp in my stomach so I decided to slow down just a tad to get back on track and that worked out pretty nicely. I turned on some Van Halen and *shudder* Call Me Maybe and that seemed to perk me up and motivate me to get the job done. And then another 1.5 miles and it was all done. Seriously, this run and race was SO easy. Almost too easy ….but it was fun!
My favorite part about the race was there was this one guy who stayed in the same spot for both laps and just high fived everyone who went by. TOTALLY awesome motivator.
So I finished in 30:41!!! And my splits weren’t all over the place! Jesus christ. . I grabbed a banana, bottle of water and went home.
Number 2 down!
There were no miles run today ….although I wanted to!
I had more important things to do …
Like scarf down some spinach and artichoke dip.
And polish off some fried shrimp and fries!
And oh yeah …lest not forget, the real reason we went out ….to check out our first reception hall! And dare I say, we are probably only going to look one other place (to mainly appease Brian’s parents) …but we both REALLY loved this one. It has everything we want …I’ll go into more detail at a later date and if we actually decide this is “the one”.
And oh yeah …last thing.
Laid out everything for the 5K tomorrow! Waking up at 6am …I should probably head to bed.