Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chapman 5K Recap

A few months ago, I signed up for the Chapman 5K.  Why?  Because: 1) I love to run, and 2) Chapman is my grad school!

The 5K was last Saturday, October 23, making it my first run post the Long Beach ½ Marathon on the 17th.  (Okay okay, I got a short 2-miler in on the 21st, but it was very slow because my left hamstring kept seizing up).  When I woke up Saturday morning, it was POURING!  Absolutely curl up in bed-wearing sweats-watching a movie-while drinking hot chocolate down pouring!  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my Company’s event, “Get Our Kids Moving” for pediatric obesity was being held that same day in Utah.  So in honor of our event, I wore my t-shirt!  I also wore my fabulous pink Team Sparkle skirt!  Just because it was dark, dreary, and down pouring, why couldn’t I be bright and sparkly?! Haha.
My friend and classmate, Sam, picked me up and we cruised to school.  The rain started to let up, and by the time we got the campus it was a light drizzle.  We checked in and got our bibs, then lined up at the start.  The gun went off and the beginning was so bottlenecked that it took forever to “run” the first 500 yards.  It finally opened up and I settled in with a nice easy pace.  My left hamstring was SUPER tight still.  Around mile 2.5 I heard “GO TEAM SPARKLE!!!”  I turn around and it’s Carrie’s (Team Sparkle) daughter and husband!!  I had been tweeting with Carrie the day before and this was her 8 year old daughter’s first 5K!  Very exciting!!  They passed me, and man oh man, she was keeping GREAT pace for an 8 year old ANYONE!

I picked up my pace and when I saw the 3 mile marker I bolted.  I don’t care how slow I run, I will always finish strong!  And that’s what I did.  I took off and sprinted to the finish!  Carrie captured these pictures of me in action:
I met Sam @ the finish line and we grabbed some Coach’s Oats, Vita Coco, and OJ.  I also saw the fabulous Team Sparkles girls, and two of them won the award for fastest in their age group.  Go Team Sparkle!
Chapman did a great job putting this event on. I really liked the medals, and I was thoroughly impressed with the tech-tees (non-cotton sweat wicking tees) even though the small I got fits more like a large. Great fun run through and around Chapman campus and through Old Towne Orange!



  1. Sounds like you had a great race. Love the look.

  2. Wow! Great running pics Mags! I don't think I've *ever* had a picture taken of me where both feet are off the ground. Outstanding!