Ramblin Rose 5 Mile Race Recap

in Race Recap

Something to ponder:


‘Twas a BEAUTIFUL morning for a race (and by beautiful, I mean drizzling and chilly – perfect race weather).  I ran the Ramblin’ Rose 5 Miler, a women’s-only event, near Uptown Charlotte.  My buddy?  Nicole, who agreed to help pace me. 

nicole and caitlin

I’ve got to say – having baby Henry adds a whole other layer to race mornings.  Last night, I said a quick prayer to the baby gods to please, please, please let him have a good night’s sleep, and he did – which was amazing.  He only woke me up at 1:30 and then again at 5:50, 20 minutes before my ‘emergency’ alarm.  We had enough time to play, eat, and get changed before I had to head out the door.  When I got into the car, I couldn’t help but feel like I had forgotten something – it’s so strange to do triathlons and then switch to a running race because you need so. much. freaking. stuff for a tri, and all you need for a road race is your sneakers!


I drove over to Nicole’s and together, we headed to the start.  One thing I love about Ramblin’ Rose events: the personalized bibs!

photo 1 (2)

We grabbed our timing chips…

photo 2 (2)

And lined up at the starting line.

photo 5 (2)

I viewed today’s race as a long run for the half marathon that I’m doing in January, but I wanted to post a good time.  Running a practice 5-miler a few weeks ago was really, really good for my confidence – I finished that training run in 50:00 on the nose.  So when I stood at today’s starting line, I knew I was capable of running the entire race without any significant walking breaks and finishing under 10:00/miles.  I was hoping for negative splits (running the second half faster than the first) but immediately realized that would be difficult – there were lots of long rolling hills throughout the entire course.


Instead, I just kept an eye on my watch and tried to pace anywhere from 9:15 – 10:00 per mile.  Nicole and I chatted the entire time, which was an awesome distraction, and before I knew it, we were coming up on Mile 4.

photo 3

Mile 4 is when I kind of started to hurt.  I wanted it to be over!  At Mile 4.6, I told Nicole that I needed to stop talking so we could push it.  We really, really picked up the pace and dropped to a 7:00-mile – AKA absolute insanity for me.  I can’t believe I held it for so long!


Hello, finish line!

photo 4

We finished in 48:28 – I was so happy!  A full minute and a half better than my training run, which was a much, much easier course.  Wahoo.


Ramblin Rose, I like how you roll.  Cute servicemen handing out the finisher’s medals?  Good move.

photo 1

Very pretty, right?

photo 5

After finishing, Nicole and I checked out the freebies.  We grabbed Gatorade and stumbled upon a tent with free massage.  Um, yes please.

photo 2

It’s been a long time since I added a medal to the rack


Such a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.  I was mourning the end of triathlon season, but this race really got me excited to do more road races throughout the autumn and winter.  Bring it!



  • Lauren September 29, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I ran the 5-miler this a.m., too! I thought I saw you, but wasn’t sure and figured it might be weird to be like “hello, I read your blog.” I should have said hello! And after looking at the race results, y’all were just behind me. So it’s kinda like we ran the race together – ha! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 29, 2012, 12:11 pm

      Aw congrats!!! I wish you had said hello too. It’s never weird for someone to say hello.

  • Sandy September 29, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Sounds like a fun race and love that you got a medal for a 5 miler! Score! God bless our servicemen as well;)

  • Caroline September 29, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Congrats on a great race! I love the medals- very cute! I finished a 7 mile training run today. After being sick this week the run was great!

  • Army Amy* September 29, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I love it when race medals have really brightly colored straps like that. A great addition to your medal rack!*

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 29, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I’d want to do that race just so I could keep the bib afterwards – adorable!

    That sounds like a challenging course – you did awesome!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 29, 2012, 12:23 pm

    That medal is very pretty! Congratulations!

  • Iris Lee September 29, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Congrats on the race, Caitlin!! I love the personalized bibs… and the servicemen. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend!

  • Kathleen September 29, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Congrats! It sounded like a great race! Makes me want to sign up for one.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 29, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! You should be so proud!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 29, 2012, 1:38 pm

    I’ve got to do more all lady races. So fun plus cute medals!

  • Cher @ Weddicted September 29, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Love those medals – very cute. Congrats!

  • Michelle@Peachy Palate September 29, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Nice timing!!! Well done missus!

  • Bonnie September 29, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Congrats on the race! Seeing your medal rack makes me want to run races… but I’ve always been to shy/nervous to… plus, I’m just now really getting into jogging. I tried to do the C25K plan, but I always end up just kind of feeling it out and jogging when I can. You’re always my motivation too because I believe you started running when you were about my age (I’m 21).

    As for the PB dilemma, if you use unsweetened PB, add a little drizzle of honey and eat it open faced, PB side down on your tongue- delicious!

    • Caitlin September 29, 2012, 4:57 pm

      Do it! It’s so fun 🙂

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 29, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Congrats on your race, Caitlin! I’m still mourning the end of triathlon season; maybe a road race is what I need to ditch this funk. 😉

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) September 29, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Way to smash that goal time!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well September 29, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Congratulations! Running a race IS the best way to start the weekend. I wish more races were on Saturdays but they are always on Sunday I feel. Great job!

  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer September 29, 2012, 4:45 pm

    I did the warrior dash this morning and they had firefighters with hoses cleaning us off at the end of the race, ya baby!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Um service men handing out medals? If someone promised they were all single I would have signed up for that race, no questions asked! Awesome job on pushing it that last bit, that’s a great speed for the end of the race, or anytime!

  • Donna September 29, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Great Job! I thought about you today, I ran Pretty Muddy, a women’s only mud run! Part of the proceeds went to Girls on the Run. I think it coming south soon, I’m in Columbus Ohio. It was a great day out with girlfriends! We had a blast!

  • Coco September 29, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Way to go, Caitlin! Awesome job!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 29, 2012, 5:40 pm

    The last race that I did had the chip on the bib! So brilliant.
    Also-where’d you get the medal rack?

  • Megan @ Megan's Munchies September 29, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Great job!!! Agreed…the medal is so pretty. Love the colors!

  • Aja September 29, 2012, 7:31 pm

    That is an awesome race. The medal is really pretty, too.

  • Reenie September 29, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Way to go Caitlin, Nicole & Lauren (1st comment) ~ ~ you rock!!!


  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 29, 2012, 9:28 pm

    So fun! I’m running my first race tomorrow – a 5k. I’m not going in expecting much except to finish and have fun!

  • Sam @ The Second Lunch September 29, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Awesome!! Definitely have to find myself a race that has a medal. Although the tech-tees promised for my two upcoming races are much better than the grey Hanes t-shirt from my very first race last week…that I wore without washing and then got hives from o_O

  • Corrie Anne September 30, 2012, 1:39 am

    So fun!! Great race!! That looks so fun!!!!

  • Mel September 30, 2012, 4:21 am

    Congrats! I always enjoy reading race recaps. Your medal rack is very impressive!

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals September 30, 2012, 8:27 am

    What a fun race and pretty medal – it adds a new color to your collection! I was in Charlotte this weekend for a wedding and am kicking myself for not looking into races I could’ve done. I needed to run nine miles and ended up doing them on the treadmill because our hotel was in a business park. There were no good running routes 🙁
    Way to finish strong in that last 1/2 mile!

  • Holly September 30, 2012, 9:07 am

    Way to go! I ran the Ramblin’ Rose 5 mile too…I spotted you at the finish line, but then lost you before I could come up and say hi! I hope you had a great rest of the day 🙂

    • Caitlin September 30, 2012, 11:43 am

      i hope had you funnnn!

  • Katie September 30, 2012, 9:47 am

    Way to go Caitlin!!! I am very jealous of that finish time! I am working myself back into shape and you are a great motivator!

  • Megan September 30, 2012, 11:53 am

    Perfect ending to a race – Marines! <3

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 1, 2012, 8:11 am

    Congrats 😀

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 1, 2012, 1:04 pm

    You killed it- Congrats! That is so awesome. And with hills…you really should be proud!

  • Carina October 1, 2012, 2:00 pm

    That is one of the coolest medals!!!

  • Elisia October 3, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Love the medal – I would have run the race just for that! 😉 I had a question about warming up before races. Do you do any type of warm-up for these shorter races? I am training for a half in November and am doing a 5k this weekend as part of the training. It’s much easier to get to pace on a longer run like a half using that first mile but I find it much harder to get past the first mile “blues” on the shorter runs and still reach my goals. My first mile is almost always my slowest (that or I start out WAY too fast) and I am aiming to PR this one (sub 28) so I need every mile to be good. Others have said they “warm up” to get past the hurdle of mile 1 but, aside from running in a circle as I wait for the race to start, I am at a loss as to how to do that? Would love any advice if you have it!

    • Caitlin October 3, 2012, 1:35 pm

      I try to walk around a bit and stretch. Some people like to run a quarter to a half mile beforehand!

Healthy Tipping Point