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Abington Police Community Partners 5K Race Recap

on May 17, 2015

 

Yesterday, I ran the Abington Police Community Partners 5K in my hometown of Abington, MA.  Since I started running 3 years ago, this is only one of two races that I have run all 3 of those years. Not only do I love running it because it’s in my hometown, but they made a beautiful little course out of it.

Tara and I did what we typically do and stayed at Julie and Dan’s house on Friday night. They only like about 10-15 minutes away from Abington so it’s really nice to be able to sleep in a bit before heading to the race. Unfortunately, we didn’t get in until around 8:30 Friday night so I missed the early bib pick-up. This meant leaving around 7:00 to get my bib when they started giving them out at 7:15. In hindsight, I could have left a little later, but it worked out fine.

 

 

Once I got my bib, we just hung out in the car for a while to stay warm. It wasn’t super cold out, around 60ish degrees, but very cloudy so it wasn’t super warm either. The rain held off, so I was happy about that.

 

 

 

I had two goals going into this race: 1. Not to walk at all and 2. Keep a steady pace.

#1 shouldn’t have been an issue, but there is one hill on Centre Ave that always forced me to walk it. #2 was a general rule because I tend to get swept up in the pace of those around me and if I start out too fast, I never get into a proper rhythm.

 

 

 

The course starts out in front of the police station, loops by the junior high, through the cemetery, back out to the police station right around the halfway mark then loops around Island Grove back to finish at the station.

 

 

 

I am very pleased to say that not only did I meet both of my goals, but I set ANOTHER new 5K PR. I had told you I just set a new one a few weeks ago at a different 5K, but I now have a new one again! I’m super excited!

 

 

 

 

That is the face of a very happy Courtney right there. I refused to look at my watch the entire time I ran because I didn’t want to get thrown off by it at all. I maintained a comfortable, but pushing, pace and figured I’d let the chips fall where they may. Not only did I set my new 5K PR, but I also beat my best time at this race by almost 2 1/2 minutes! And at the end, they had cupcakes with glitter on them. Glitter!

 

 

I’m still riding the high off of this race since yesterday. I know that I can push myself out of my comfort zone and even though some days I don’t feel like I’m doing enough, I know everything I’m doing is helping make me better.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 responses to “Abington Police Community Partners 5K Race Recap

  1. Glitter cupcakes!?! Shut the front door… that is like the perfect PR food. CONGRATS!!!

  2. Yay glitter cupcakes! And congratulations on your PR!

  3. Congrats on running an awesome race and earning that PR! Woo hoo!! Now I want a glitter cupcake, that looks amazing. I love the picture you got of the photographer taking a picture of the motorcycle cop. Or is that another office?

  4. Congrats on the PR! I don’t know what I would be more excited by – the PR or the glitter cupcake. I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE!

  5. dgobs says:

    Awesome!!! Congrats on meeting both your goals and setting a new PR and for having a great race! *high five* 😀

  6. NIce job – new PR, course PR and cupcakes. Yes please!

  7. piratebobcat says:

    You look very happy! Congrats on the race! The best way to PR is by resisting the urge to go out too fast – save it for later! Here’s some inspiration – when I met Meb a few months ago, he said he was running so hard at Boston last year that he was vomiting the same time. If he can do that, then we can surely run without stopping if we set our minds to it!

  8. Yay for meeting both goals AND for setting a new PR! Congrats!!!

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