Sunday, June 22, 2008


The above was my reported time for my first 5K ever! (I have done one other race, Thanksgiving 2005, and it was actually longer by a mile, but this is my first official 5K.)

This morning we all went down to Pleasant Grove (to my old alma mater actually, unrecognizable these days with all the added structures) to run the annual Strawberry Days race. Funny, a decade ago I was also heading down there early this morning, but to march in the parade with the band. My stroll down the streets this year was a little less... in straight lines. I was glad to be around to participate this year, and had a great time with Mom, Grandma, Amber, Melody, Jonny (and Julia), with Dad as the ideal "athletic supporter," riding alongside with his bike now and then, and a couple of other friends. The weather was nice, the run was smooth (mostly downhill-so nice), and a good time was had by all. I am pretty sure this is a record for me. This time puts me at an 8+ minute mile, which surely is my best. Probably ever. So that was pretty exciting. (Oh, what would I have given to run a 9 minute mile in Junior High? Which we also ran past...) The thing is I think I might even have been able to do it a little faster. Maybe next time. It's so funny, I've only been into running for a few years, but I find it really therapeutic and even, in its own way, relaxing. And fun! Next step: the MARATHON! HA. Whatev. Go #110!

Random statistics

iPod 5K Mix (which I put together on the way down, and worked out perfectly):

Pre-race (warm up)--
  • I've Just Seen a Face (from Across the Universe)
  • Behind These Hazel Eyes (Kelly Clarkson)
  • I'm Still Alive (from Portal)
  • Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson)
  • In Her Eyes (Josh Groban)
  • The Call (Backstreet Boys)
  • You Can't Stop the Beat (from Hairspray--the best running song ever)
  • Wordplay (Jason Mraz)
  • The Spider-Man Theme (Michael Buble)
  • Falling for the First Time (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Pop! Goes My Heart (Hugh Grant)
  • Lollipop (Mika)
Post-race (cool down/finish out the list)--
  • She's So High (Tal Bachman)
  • Never Again (Kelly Clarkson)
  • Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood--I know it's a girl song, but I like it still)
  • Make Your Own Kind of Music (Cass Elliot--Thanks to LOST for my love of this song)
  • Grace Kelly (Mika)
FYI, I just selected the songs, then let them run at random. I thought it was fitting that Breakaway was the one for the actual start of the race.

Total time: 26:58.0.

Miles run: 3.1.

Minutes per mile: 8:42.

Rank overall: 96.

My number: 110.

Number of times running toward the finish line: 3 (once for me, once for the above photo, and once with Grandma).

Side cramps endured: 1 (which appeared almost immediately after starting. Dergh).

Blisters developed: 1 for real (in a most bizarre location, in between toes), and a couple which were well on their way.

Strawberries eaten after: 5.

Buckets of sweat dripped: 42.

Happy Strawberry Days!


  1. Ooooo. Great time for not being a runner. I would've been with dad on the bikes.

  2. It's so strange to me to see Strawberry Days all set up when I'm still teaching school! (year-round) Only a week and 2 days to go! And then 3 weeks until next year starts, so crazy! Awesome job on the marathon, I don't think I've ever been able to do an 8 minute mile. Where all did the marathon go?

  3. Way to go! Sounds like you have come a long way. And I am with you about the time compared to Junior high, although I must say I don't think I could average 8 min mile now.

  4. Silly Emily, I AM a runner these days! But it still is a good time for me. I usually get tired, and my goal this race was not to walk any of it, and I succeeded. And Mandy, it definitely was NOT a marathon! Heaven knows I am in no way, shape or form ready for that. It was only a 5k, which is barely 1/8 of a marathon. It started at the high school, went west, then turned north at the carnival/rec center, then turned west again at the light past the junior high, then left and left again (around the cemetery), then back onto the main road that led south to the rec center, where it ended.

  5. Funny that you sweat 42 buckets....

  6. You are funny with your ipod stuff! HA! Sometime I'll come race with everyone.

  7. Ha ha ha ha! I love the stats. You did great! And this is just the beginning of more races to come this summer...

  8. Drew, so I finally linked your blog- um you rock! great music- so organized and you are one fast runner! I am running 3 miles in like an hour and I use to run like crazy! everyone looks great in the Strawberry Days photo- fun to see everyone.

  9. Well, you should know that you would've kicked my TRASH in that 5k. Well done Drew, well done. Liked the playlist - especially Pop goes my Heart :)

  10. That was so fun and Yay for your awesome time!