This was my third year doing the Antioch Run for Freedom 5k on the 4th of July. This time, however, my Mom and husband joined me! It was so nice to be able to participate with them and cheer them on…so proud!
This was the 20th anniversary of the race, and it seemed to be much more crowded than the past two years I participated. Luckily, I was able to pick up our packets a week or so ahead of time at the local bank that runs the race, so all we had to do was park and walk to the start, which proved to be a nice warm up. There is a parade through downtown Antioch a couple hours after the race, and we walked past a lot of chairs/tents/blankets for those who were saving space, but luckily it wasn’t part of the course.
The race started right at 8am. The race was chipped time so I started about half way through the crowd of people. Since it was super crowded, I spent my first mile weaving in and out of runners, walkers and strollers. (Pet peeve of mine, by the way: I really wish walkers and strollers would stick to the back for EVERYONE’s safety…or since people aren’t good at following directions, perhaps the race should indicate an 8:05 start for walkers/strollers or even a start line/rope several yards behind? But then again, I suppose I should have started further up if I didn’t want to dodge around people but I STILL know there would have been walkers at the front of the pack. ERRGH. Ok off my soap box.)
After the first mile, my Garmin said I did an 7:57 mile. What?! I was so surprised, given that I felt I was going slower by weaving in and out of people and had some stomach issues in the morning before we left for the race. But I feel like the first mile always gives me a good feeling as to how I plan to run the rest of the 5k. Since I felt great and new the crowd would thin out as the race went on, I decided to keep up the pace and see how I could do! Unfortunately, my watch didn’t want to keep up with me. It ran out of battery at exactly the 1.05 mile mark. Wa waaa.
I continued on and felt really good. Lots of turns and a few hills through rural roads and in subdivisions, which had the homeowners at their driveways with their sprinklers pointed out onto the street to cool off the runners. Nice touch! Before I knew it, I saw the 3rd mile marker and decided to push it to the end and see where it would get me, knowing that my latest 5k PR was 24:14 at the Iron Girl Tri.
I kicked it to the end and was anxious to see the final results since I crossed the timing pad at least a minute after the race started. I grabbed a water and banana and cheered on my husband and Mom and before I knew it- the race results were posted…
Run for Freedom 5k (Antioch, IL)
Time: 23:56 (PR!) 7:43 pace
Place: 150 out of 1036 participants, 23rd female overall, 2nd place F25-29
SUPER happy with my new 5k PR!
Super cute shirts, by the way but they are notoriously sized really big! Order down a size!
(I cut the sleeves off mine and repurposed it!)
My husband even beat his time and set himself a new PR!
Tank and capris: Fabletics (seriously LOVE their capris!)
Shoes: c/o Mizuno Hayate via Fitfluential
Check out my other race recaps here.
Next races for me?
August 24- Fort2Base: use my code 2014F2BPETERSEN10 for 10% off either race distance!
September- North Face Endurance Challenge: use my code D30VPWI for 15% off any distance!
October- Hero Half and 10k: use code IMANORIGINAL for $5 off (and another $5 will go to the race charities)
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You did AWESOME! Congrats! I was so glad to see you!!
Thanks Bobbi- congrats to you and your hubby as well! Wish we got a photo…oh well, next time!
Congrats on a PR! Just reading your race recaps makes me so excited to get running again! I’m going to be researching all the 5Ks in the area! And those capris are super cute!
Thank you! So excited for you to start back up again! There is the North Face Endurance Challenge in Sept that offers a 5k option that I have a discount code to– would love to see you there (just sayin!) :-)
Katie @ Live Half Full says
Holy fast woman! Way to go! Love the outfit too. :)
Thanks Katie :-) Treating myself with new outfits is all the more encouragement to push myself!
Wow! What an awesome, speedy time! Congrats on your PR! Sounds like a great race!
Thanks Meghan!! So unexpected but so exciting!
I completely agree about the runners & walkers needing different start times! A race I did last week started everyone at the same time (and the chips at the same time, there was no start line!) and we had started towards the middle because the people in a costume contest were up front. A kid tripped and I wound up having to hurdle him (yes, i felt bad!) in order to avoid tripping over him.
Thanks Kristin! Same start time with no timing pad would be SO awful..I’d grumble the whole way lol. I’ve almost run over kids before that decide to just stop running abruptly- not cool!
Congrats to you and Tyler on your PRs! I love that your mom was out doing the race, too! :)
Yeah, I was just going to say, now you know to start farther up next year. I think a lot of people just don’t get that they should go toward the back if they are going to walk. Probably because they aren’t in the competitive mind frame that the people in the front are in!
Thanks Kim- we had fun! Yeah…that was my bad not starting farther up even though I’m sure there still would have been walkers, strollers, etc. Sheesh!
Congratulations on the new PR!!!
I am with you on the walkers. I have to say, as someone who has used a stroller at a race, it’s hard to guess where to put yourself. I always put myself at the back, but as I get faster I wonder if even with the stroller I should be starting further up because dodging and weaving tons of walkers with a giant jogging stroller doesn’t feel very safe either. It’s a hard call…I definitely try to be courteous though!
Congrats on the PR!! And on looking adorable :-)
Aww shucks- thanks Erin! :-D