Bolt for the Heart 5k {2015 Race Recap}

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions since becoming a runner, is doing a Thanksgiving morning race. Regardless of where we spend the holiday, we make sure we run. This year we spent the holiday in Indiana. My mom was on top of signing up everyone who would participate, long before Thanksgiving.

We lucked out this year because the weather was beautiful. The sun was shining and I was comfortable in capris, a tank and a long sleeved shirt. Quick group picture before the start:


The night before I told Josh that I thought I’d try to start with him and just back off when I needed to. With my recent 10k time I was going to try for an average of 7:15 min/miles. He assured me he’d be running 7-7:15s. About that…

We bolted across the starting line. We weren’t even half a mile in when I told Josh to run ahead. When I crossed the first mile mark, I was shocked to see I had run a 6:55 first mile and Josh was no where in sight. There was no way I could sustain that pace, so I started pulling back.

The biggest hill, the only real hill, was on the way to the second mile. It felt big to me but I kept going, opting to not take the available water. I got through that second mile in 7:13. I was longing for that third mile and to take off my long-sleeved shirt. I was hot! The best I could do was manage to get one arm out.

Shorter distance races just kill me. I’m so horrible at pacing them. Having run the course before, I knew that I had to run all the way down the path to the street, make a hard right, then another hard right to get to the third mile mark. I hit it substantially slower that my previous two miles, at 7:31. It was a straight shot to the finish line. I picked it up as much as my body would allow to cross the finish line to a waiting Josh.

He tried to give me water, but I honestly felt like I was going to puke. After a few minutes, I felt better and was happy to see I set a new personal records by almost a minute and a half.

Official Time: 22:16         Average Pace: 7:13 min/mile

That time was good enough for second place in my age group. Josh also got second place in his age group with a blazing time of 19:xx. Once the rest of our group was ready to go, they headed home. I decided I wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather. I ran the 6.5 miles back to my mom’s house. I even managed negative splits.

Nothing like working up a sweat to get ready for the biggest meal of the year!

Bolt for the Heart 5k – Race Recap

At the very last minute I signed up my family for a 5k on Thanksgiving. It’s somewhat a family tradition to do a race on Thanksgiving, so this year could not be the exception. It was a bit cold and snowy, but we bundled up and headed to City Center in Carmel, IN for the race.

As you may be able to tell, Josh was less than thrilled to get out of his warm bed to run.

Jess and Josh Bolt for the heart

 The girls were a little more excited, though cold.

Girls at bolt for the heart

We all lined up, me throwing in one more time that Josh was going to win his age group. After a few speakers, we were off. The best thing about short races is that they’re over before you even realize you’re running. Drawback being that I’m just warmed up as I cross the finish line. The cross was pretty darn flat with just a few turns which was nice.

My first mile was a 7:47 which felt good, but I thought I could go faster. For once I just wanted to have negative splits during a 5k. My second mile hit at 7:39. Ok, first negative split, I just needed one more. At this point of course I was getting kind of tired. I do not run fast like this.

I was excited when I turned the last corner and past the third mile at 7:19. I pathetically tried to speed up slightly at the end, but was burnt out. Amazingly I was also really hot. I’d overestimated the number of layers I needed.

Final time: 23:43                 Average Pace: 7:38 min/mile

I found Josh who said he felt like he ran slower than he should have been able to. I decided to run back out a little ways to see if I could find my mom, sister and pseudo sister in law. I didn’t find them but got in one more mile before meeting everyone and heading back home to do way too much eating.

I checked our final results when we got home. Josh did win his age group! We should have stuck around. I got third in my age group by half a second. I’m not kidding, this had to be one of the closest age group finishes:

race times

If only I’d sped up just a little bit more, I could have won. Oh well, I’ll take third by not even a full second.

We had fun, it was a really well organized race and next time we’re in town for Thanksgiving, I think we’ll run it again. Now I just need to run another marathon to burn off all of the food I’ve eaten this weekend…ouch.