Saturday morning my pal Dawn and I ran in a local race called The Shoe House 5 Miler. This race is a series, with one race taking place each month during the summer. Dawn and I had the ZOOMA race on the day of the 1st race, and we're doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run on the day of the 3rd - so this was the only one we could do!
I've been struggling with running in the heat and humidity this summer, so I was just hoping for a time of 55 minutes - around 11:00 miles - for this race. They moved the race to start at 7:00am because of the heat so I set my alarm for bright and early! (and with the catchy go-to song of the summer!!)
We lucked out weather wise. It was REALLY humid - but it was in the low 70s and cloudy so it didn't feel overwhelmingly hot! The course is an out-and-back that started at a local technical college, ran through some neighborhoods and Pennsylvania scenery, and looped back at the Shoe House. It was mostly flat.
And yes - there really is a house shaped like a shoe. It's called the Haines Shoe House. It was originally built buy a shoe salesman as an advertisement. There's a living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms in the shoe. The current owners live in the house and operate an ice cream shop. You can take a video tour of the Shoe House here!
When my RunKeeper alerted me that I'd hit mile 3, and my average pace was still under 10:00 per mile, I realized I could not only beat my 55 minute goal, but I could beat my "real" goal - which was under 50 minutes. I had tweeted earlier to someone that I'd go for under 50:00 if the weather wasn't so hot and humid.
Time goal: smashed. My official race time was 50:05, but my RunKeeper had the course at a little over 5 miles (which is typical since the GPS takes into account every step I take and isn't just a straight shot). So I snapped a screenshot of my time at 5 miles! I was thrilled!
After the race, we stuck around to watch the awards and Dawn won 3rd in her age group!! Last year when we began training for the Urbanathlon, Dawn claimed she "didn't know how to run". Well, Dawn, I'd say you sure have figured it out! :-)
(Dawn getting her medal!)
If this sounds like a fun race to you (and it is!) - there's one more in the series on August 10th! You can find out more info here!