Race Recap: Ashley’s 5K

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Name:  Ashley (Ashley’s Adventures in Alaska)

Location: Alaksa

Race:  Frostbite Footrace 5K in Anchorage

Personal Tidbit: Hobbies include fly fishing, running, baking, and reading

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In Her Own Words:


After deciding Friday morning to run the Frostbite Footrace 5k, I started getting nervous.  Some of the many thoughts going through my mind: "What if I run even slower than the last race?  What if I slip on the ice and fall?  What if the pounding of running on the streets brings back the serious shin splints?"  I almost convinced myself to not run it and just hit the treadmill for the 3 mile run I had planned.


I’m so glad that I didn’t.  It ended up being a great race for me, and a great confidence booster!  I needed that. 


The race started off slow.  There were about 800 people running, and we were all crammed at the starting line on a 2 lane street in downtown Anchorage.  But after turning the first corner, I started making my way forward and getting into my own rhythm.  I thought positive thoughts the entire run- something I normally don’t do.  I usually get discouraged, but not this time. I am notorious for writing myself off before I ever give myself a chance, but am getting much better at not doing it!    I listened to my new playlist of everything from Metallica’s "Cyanide" to Kelis’ "Milkshake."  Random music, I know, but it works for me.  :)  I also wore my Garmin Forerunner 305– and loved it!  It was instrumental in this race.  I checked myself every few minutes, ensuring that I wasn’t running too fast OR too slow. 


This course was 2 laps around a few blocks of downtown Anchorage, and it didn’t occur to me until I finished the first lap that I had a chance at running the race in under 30 minutes.  (My previous races were for times of 35:52 in December and 34:40 last summer.)  Once I realized I had a chance at making it in under 30, there was no stopping me.  I was a woman with a mission!  I gave it everything I had, and sprinted the last block.  My time:  28:45.  Woot!  


This is why I run.  This feeling of "OMG I did so well!  I am so proud of myself!" that I have right now, and will have for the next few weeks.  I joke that I run for the t-shirts.  I joke that I run to burn the calories.  But, I really run for me.  I run for the confidence it gives me in everything I do.  I run because I can, and it would be a terrible waste of my youth and body to not use it and push it hard.  I run to prove to myself that I can do what I set my mind to.  I started running last summer in 1/10 of a mile increments.  I walk/ran/walk/ran/walk/ran my little heart out, covering a mile or two and cursing every step of it. 


But I have come so far and am so proud of ME!


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  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 24, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Whoa girl! You knocked some serious minutes off of your 5K time! That’s such a great accomplishment! Way to go 😀

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 24, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Wow – what a great accomplishment. thhose are some serious minutes you knocked off your time. Congrats!

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:43 pm

      I know! Such a crazzzzy improvement.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 24, 2011, 8:56 pm

    Wow! That is awesome:)

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 24, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Yay! I run my first 5K next month!! Woot!!!

  • The Teenage Taste April 24, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Wow! Great race, Ashley! Congrats on trimming so much time off of your old PR! 🙂

  • alison April 24, 2011, 10:14 pm

    Congrats, Ashley! You shaved some serious minutes off your PR. Great job!

  • Lauren April 24, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Congrats, that’s an awesome improvement! Positive thinking does wonders!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 24, 2011, 11:04 pm

    A 5K in under 30 minutes is a huge accomplishment! Way to go!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 24, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Whoa, that’s a serious PR! You are awesome!

  • Khushboo April 25, 2011, 12:10 am

    Wow what a fantastic PR! U didn’t shave time off your PR, you literally knocked time off- well done 🙂

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 25, 2011, 12:48 am

    Congratulations Ashley that’s wonderful!

    I love what you said about proving to yourself that you can accomplish anything you set your sights on, so awesome!

    Also what a great example of how a run/walk training program can do wonders for you and how far you can come!

    Great job! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 25, 2011, 8:09 am

    Congrats on your race time! That’s such a huge improvement from your last race. Way to go! 😀

  • Marisa E April 25, 2011, 9:52 am

    Way to go Ashley!! That is an awesome time!!

  • Jolene April 28, 2011, 8:57 pm

    That is exactly where I am right now. I want so bad to run a 5K but pregnancy (with complications) one summer and then a torn tendon last summer kept me from running! I’ve never even run an entire MILE at once. This summer I will walk/run my heart out because I am determined…and my 9 yr old daughter wants to do a 5K with me next year!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 9:18 pm

      Aw!! You’ll get up to a mile soon! 🙂 Have you looked into if there’s a Girls on the Run chapter in your town? Your daughter is the perfect age and you can do the end of the season 5K with her!

      • Jolene April 28, 2011, 9:21 pm

        Actually it *is* a GOTR event that she wants to run! We’re going to work hard together this summer to be ready for it next summer! Thanks for the encouragement I really appreciate it!

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska May 10, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Thank you guys for the awesome feedback! I had such a great time running that race.

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