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HeartBreaker Half, 10K, and 5K...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It was really really cold this morning, and Bill and I both asked each other if we'd lost our minds, since we were paying for the privilege to head downtown to run and walk 3.1 miles with a bunch of other nuts in 32 degree weather!

It was the usual crew - me, Bill, and daughter Courtney were running/walking. Her S.O. Steve, and her mom and her S.O. Laure' and Tim, with cheerleader bulldog Otis (yea, there are a lot of us) were also present to cheer us all on.

For the inaugural event, the HeartBreaker Half was well-organized! We gathered at World Trade Center 1, where the vendors were set up and tables with portable outdoor heaters were available. We huddled, when we could, around the heaters to try and stay a little warm before the race.

The Half marathon started at 8 a.m., but we didn't have any of our crew running in it. Courtney ran the 10K, I ran the 5K, and Bill walked the 5K. We had different start times and locations, so we were able to see Courtney off on her venture. At 9:00, she took off near the front of the pack, and headed out to the south. After that, we had a half hour to line up for the start of our 5K.

With the sound of the airhorn, we were off. As in the past, we stayed toward the back, hugging the right side, letting the crowd thin out around us without impeding anyone's efforts. The description of the run (there was no map available) said the first 1.15 mile was a gentle uphill. Perhaps we want to discuss the nuance of 'gentle' LOL It wasn't a drastic uphill, true, but I don't have a lot of experience with hills (yet) so it was a struggle going out. I walked more than I intended that first mile, but by the time I reached the mile 1 marker, I was on a 14 mm pace. Awesome!

Then, I came face to face with why they call it the HeartBreaker. 0.1 of a mile worth of hill, straight up. Yea, I walked it LOL But once I reached the top, I took a bit to catch my breath, then got back into my interval running.

Turns out, running in 32 degree weather was worth it!
Candace Bailey 5282 0:42:52 13:48 22 / 27

In case the c&p loses the spacing, that says that my chip time was 42:52 minutes, which equals a 13:48 pace. Yea, I cried when I read that. I thought I'd done well, around a 14.5 pace or so, but that just blew me away. I'm thrilled with this progress from last Dec., when I ran my first 5K in 45.

The rest of the run was downhill, so I'm sure that balanced out the amount of walking I did heading up the hill. It was pretty cool to head back down Naito, past the place I'd ordinarily turn in to head to work, watching the traffic get backed up while we finished. I felt for the drivers, unaware as I'm sure they were, that they would be held up for quite some time before they could go on their way.

The other awesome thing about the HeartBreaker is the fact that everyone - half-marathoner, 10Ker, and 5Ker - received a medal for finishing.

Admittedly, I'm thrilled all the way around - with my time, with having a good time, and getting bling for it - has been a great experience. I'll definitely be back to the HeartBreaker. Next time, the 10K!

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    What a fantastic blog post! Congrats on your time! And congrats on persevering through the cold! The couple of 5K's I've entered - also give you medals - even if you just walk - like me - but it is amazing how motivating that medal it! I'm really excited for you! Keep going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3769 days ago
    Way to go "GIRL"! emoticon emoticon
    3769 days ago
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    I love your blog! I love you do this all together. And the medal! You are a champion racer... good for you!
    3773 days ago
    You did emoticon and I am so very proud of you! Your running is coming along so incredibly! Love the bling. Nice that everyone got one!
    3773 days ago
    Way to go!
    3774 days ago
    emoticon to go Candy.

    Ah 32o. It was 26o here yesterday and snow last night. We have about 3-4 inches of snow. I am glad it was a little better weather for your run.

    It is called World Trade Center 1? I worked in WTC #2 in NYC when it still existed. Still not comfortable hearing the pharse.
    3774 days ago
    Fantastic!!! Looks like this one posed some challenges for you, but you pushed right over those hills with a great time. Enjoy your moment and accomplishment!!!
    3774 days ago
    Good for you! Brr...32 degrees....I can't even comprehend that anymore! Mom says y'all might get upwards of six inches snow this week. emoticon You should organise a team from your workplace and do Hood To Coast!
    3774 days ago
    Way to go Candy! You did a great time! And it wasn't rainig.
    3774 days ago
    So proud of you twin! You did awesome! I've had hills like that when the course was described as "mostly flat" which made me want to roll the race organizer down one. :)

    Doesn't it feel amazing to have shaved so much time off of your total time? My first 5k was 45 something, the second one was 44:27 and the third one was 42 something...the last one in October was 40:04 running the whole way. I'm going to break 40 on the next one!

    And so are you! You ROCK sista!

    3774 days ago
    So happy for you Candy! Another run under your belt with a great time! Congratulations to you and your family!!! I know all about the cold up here in Canada... today was -10 celcius (-20 with wind chill) I'm guessing thats 0 fahrenheit?!?! Glad you stuck it out! You look amazing with that medal of yours!
    3774 days ago
    Great job; I am so happy for you. I like your new bling.

    3774 days ago
    emoticon my friend. I'm so excited for you. You are emoticon
    3774 days ago
    Yeah Candy!!! So nice-you look fabulous with that big smile and the award!!
    Glad you had fun. I learned you need to dress for 20 degrees warmer than it really is when you run; I did well during my run in 40 degree weather but it's the WAITING to get started that makes you freeze!
    I'm just learning about hills as well. Someday we will learn to love them emoticon
    3774 days ago
    yo, you ran in freezing temperatures and got a personal record! stellar!
    3774 days ago
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    Oh Candy this just filled me with pride for you!! (and your dh and daughter too!!) You should be so proud of yourself!! Such an incredible time!!

    Living here in the mountains I know what you mean about the hills. They killed me the first time I ran/walked a 5k. Thought I was going to die! But as they say, everything that goes up....must come down.

    SUPER SUPER SUPER congratulations to you guys!!!

    3774 days ago
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