March 14, 2013

Shamrock 5K PR and a Winner

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My ‎2nd race of 2013 done with a new PR at Baltimore KELLY Shamrock 5K. My PR of 21:22 this past Sunday was a really exciting way to end the weekend.  It's funny because my 5K PR was this race last year, and I was totally not expecting to break it.  

The KELLY Shamrock 5K is a super fun race that happens right before Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day parade.  People are already lined up for the parade so there is automatically a nice-sized audience to cheer you on.


The race start time was at 1:15 in the afternoon. Late race starts always throw me for a loop because I have time to actually do things before race. It also was the day post daylight savings time switch which had me thrown off anyways.  I slept in and went and had a large brunch with my boyfriend.  The race was only a couple minutes from my apartment so my warm-up jog was to the start line.  Last year was my first year running the race, which always sells out, so I wanted to get close to the starting line. There was still a bunch of people in front of me, but I managed to get off to a speedy start just like last year. 

You couldn't ask for a better day with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and a mass of runners in neon green shirts.

Here's a video that was shot for Charm City Run that shows highlights from the race including the mass of green shirts: 


After running longer distances, a 5K felt so short! My first mile was around a speedy 6:40 so I keep the pace a little over 7 minutes for the rest of the race and had very little gas in the tank to push it at the end. I was so happy to see the finish line! Once I was done, I immediately went and grabbed my free beer at the end of the race. It officially marked the first time I felt like Spring was actually on it's way!


  1. Wowza great time on your 5k...congratulations...that's an amazing time! Love the neon green

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  2. Great job on your PR! That's a fantastic 5k time!

  3. Thanks for the congratulations, @shannon, @thisrunningmomslife!

  4. Wait, you got a free beer after the race? That's enough to get my husband to start running! ;)

    Sounds like a beautiful day for a run!