Oakland Running Festival 5k

Oakland Running Festival

A fun day at the races! Best part: no rain! I biked and bussed to Lake Merritt and had plenty of time to check in my gear and warm up. I think I did alright in the 5k. 21:47, which is not a PR, but I fell into 5th place for the women. Running (and training for a) 5k for a time goal is hard. I showed up at the track once a week. I still have that sub 20 minute 5k waiting for me. The front runners were great and left a large gap. Kudos to the 10 year old kid that beat me also! I thought it would have been fun to do the half-marathon also after doing the 5k. Maybe next time.

I really enjoyed the event and watching all the races. I saw the 5k finish, and the top marathoners finish then went to cheer at the end near the Lululemon Cheering station (they had a DJ!). It was inspiring to see everyone achieving their goals and dreams, accomplishing their first race, time goal, or just doing it. That's one of the many joys of running. I got to meet some fun runners at the expo tweetup: ‪@paulettezf @4GFarms @PavementRunner @Janac @Miveganloca @LaylaBohm @runningcate @Critizzle and others not on twitter (I hope I didn't forget anyone) and see some dailymilers like @bemjb out there on the course. Overall, ORF was fun and it was a great way to welcome the spring season!

Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival 5k by runrenerun at Garmin Connect - Details


DSE St. Patrick's Day 5k

DSE St. Patrick's Day 5k  This weekend I ran the DSE St. Patrick's Day 5k at Crissy Field. Though it wasn't St. Patrick's Day weekend, I'm suspecting it was moved up because the Emerald Across the Bay 12k is going to be on the same course next weekend. I had a lot of fun on this one! It's one of my favorite courses along scenic Crissy Field to Fort Point.  There were lots of runners so I had to really work to get ahead. I had already warmed up so my strategy was to set the pace from the beginning, and keep it under 7 minutes per mile. Though I'm still new at running fast,  I managed to PR and get 4th place women in 21:09. The winners finished in 16 minutes for the men and 18 minutes for the women, but they had already left. The course record is 15 minutes.

My goal for the 5k is to break 20 minutes, so I still have some work to do. Some longer 800 and 1600 repeats and tempo runs are going to help, as well as some breath work. The race is very well organized, and you pretty much know if you placed as soon as you cross the finish line. They provide great refreshments also, and entry fee is only $3 - $5 so it's a deal!

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