Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Run The Woodlands 5K Race Report

20:48/5th place overall

This was a cool little event.  It is sponsored by Luke's Locker of the Woodlands and is run every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.  I left shortly after the finish so I didn't see the final results but I am guessing maybe 50 or so people ran?

Okay, the alarm when off at 5:40 am.  I got up and let the pugs out and made a smoothie and whole wheat bagel with peanut butter.  I was on the road by 6:45 and had one heck of a time finding the race start.  It was at Barbara Bush Elementary School in the Woodlands and my GPS in the car could not locate it.  I hate it when my GPS does this?  It found the road but the Woodlands is one of those Master-Planned Communities with harsh restrictions of signs and commercial buildings so I was just driving up and down looking for something because address markers are non-existent. I'd hate to be a mail person in the Woodlands.

Anyways, I found the place at 7:48am for the 8:00am start.  It turns out that was a perfect time to get there.  I parked 30 steps from the startling line and they had a sign up sheet and a box to toss your $1 into.  My type of race - no frills, just run! 

We walked up to the starting line and since I had no idea of the route I was trying to find a guy that looks like he was a 7:00/mile runner to follow.  BINGO!  Dude with the short "V-Cut" running shorts and a pair of Newton Trainers, thats my guy.  We started out and I am following Newton guy.  It seems like I may have missed judged him because he is haulin' ass at a sub-6:00 pace.  He was in the lead position and I tried to keep up with him and another guy but they were fast!  

I ended up finishing 5th overall, so I was passed by two other runners, and my Garmin time was 20:48.  The time maybe off some because at the end I missed a turn and cut through the parking lot to the finish line.  The course wasn't mark but I should have at the least checked the map before I began to run.   But my Garmin said it was 3.12 miles so I am good with my time and happy to finish under 21 minutes. 

Now off to breakfast and then some time on my Bike!

Thanks for Reading,



  1. Way to go Jeff! That's a nice way to start the day with a little speed work. I always say that i'd rather do a marathon any day than a 5K...5K's hurt, hurt, hurt! Kudos to you!

  2. Good job, Jeff. Finish strong on the bike and call it a great day!

  3. There was no doubt in my mind that you were going to go sub-21! I know it won't be long before you go sub-20!

  4. wow below 21 minutes! I dream of doing times that quick congrats!. Share the speed work secrets :)

  5. Thanks everyone!

    KC - they really do hurt don't they?

    Jason - no secrets just a bunch of miles on the legs. I do most of my running in aerobic zone and very little speed work.

    It will probably be a while before I can get down below 20 ... today was about my max effort and the last 1.5 miles hurt!