Hey, look who is pacing me again in that picture!
Yep, it seems that all of my recent PR’s (the Phoenix Marathon, the Fast & Furry 8k, and now the Brian Kraft 5k) are thanks to my amazing pacer!
Let me back up.
I have recapped the Brian Kraft 5k twice on this blog – first in 2014, right after the Flying Pig Marathon (i.e. not a great 5k for me) and again in 2015, where I ran a 22:04 (chip time).
Those four seconds over 22 minutes drove me a little crazy; I really wanted to break 22 minutes this year. I wasn’t sure that I could, since I’m in the middle of marathon training and my legs are definitely tired. Also…the 5k is HARD! I like the long slow distance- not the short, speedy stuff!
But if I was going to break 22, it would at the Brian Kraft 5k. It’s a flat and fast 5k run around Lake Nokomis. Though Memorial Day this year was a bright sunny day with 80 degree temperatures, the race started at 8:30 am, before the sun was too hot. This race also has a very fast “vibe;” it brings out some incredible athletes. The winning time was 14:41 for men and 15:54 for women. Amazing.
Basically, this was the 5k to race. This was my chance to at least show up and try to achieve my sub-22 minute goal!
(See below- Dustin giving me a pep talk to push it harder)
Why did Dustin pace me? In my weekly recap, I mentioned that my run club hosted a “pub run” on Sunday afternoon/evening. I was a bit of a teetotaler for that one as I really wanted to do well at the 5k the next morning. Dustin, however, wasn’t so much a teetotaler, ha! So he was more than willing to pace me instead of race the 5k for himself on race morning.
To break 22 minutes, I had to run an average pace of 7 min/miles. This is actually slower than Dustin’s marathon pace, so it was easy for him to pace me for three miles.
My coach had told me that for a 5k, I should go out fast and try my best to hold on. It’s not like a marathon; you don’t want to start slow. For a 5k, it’s going to hurt (kind of like the 1 mile race!)
“Go out fast”- I definitely did (at least fast for me!)
Mile 1: 6:45
Mile 2: 7:00
Mile 3: 7:09
Last 0.1 mile: 6:38 pace
Total Time: 21:45 <– exactly a 7 min/mile average!
I did it! I broke 22 minutes.
Granted, my pacing was a little uneven, (so does that mean I had a good pacer or a bad one, ha!) but I was happy I was able to hold it together and still hit my goal.
I really love this race, and not just because I set a PR. The Brian Kraft 5k is a runner’s race. No swag, no fancy awards, just a ton of amazing athletes getting together to race a 5k.
I guess there is a bit of SWAG- we all got these cozy cotton t-shirts (mine’s a little snug, should have went with a medium.)
There is race day registration, but I registered for $30 online ahead of time. Packet pickup is also on race day.
There was only one small snafu with this race; the company that was supposed to deliver the porta-potties delivered them to the wrong location! There were a few bathrooms near Lake Nokomis, but it definitely made things a little bit stressful for all the runners. No fault of the race organization though, just a mistake of the vendor.
Besides, it’s not like they did something really bad, like not get a permit for the race course….hehe…
I had fun running with my friend Monica. She’s also racing Grandma’s Marathon this year and I have a feeling she’s going to kill it!
If you can fit in this 5k with your racing schedule, I highly recommend it. Even if it doesn’t fit into your racing schedule, it would be a cool one to spectate; so many fast runners out there!
That is an amazing 5k time! Way to go! Also, does your pacer ever rent out his pacing services? He’s been successful pacing you to some amazing PRs…just wondering….for a friend Way to go! And good luck to you at Grandma’s!
My pacer is very selective in his athletes. There is a very extensive application process. Years.
Congrats on your PR, Jessie! That’s awesome!
Thank you Sara!
Holy moly — awesome race and congratulations on the PR! I’ve always wanted to do this race. Maybe next year 🙂 And great race photo, btw!
Thanks Hyedi! It’s definitely a fast race- I mean, 14:41!!! Unbelievable.
Wow! You crushed it! Congratulations Jessie! I need to try that race next year.
You should! It is THE race to PR a 5k 🙂
I loved that race too – for the same reasons you described!
Not to mention bike commuter friendly, right 🙂
Yes! I’m such trendy hipster now! Hope you had a good run this morning. Sorry I couldn’t make it…
You have always been a trendsetter 🙂
No worries- maybe next week…and soon we’ll be enjoying 26.2 together!
Awesome Jessie!! Next is breaking 7’s!! (And oh yeah, Grandma’s 🙂
Haha, I’m still a long way from that 🙂 But thanks!
Brian Kraft was a friend of mine! I started the race with his friend Val and his oncology surgeon Arnold Leonard! This is awesome it’s still going. I live in LA not and didn’t know!
very cool Mari! So glad you helped to start this wonderful race 🙂
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