“Big Dog’s New Year’s Resolution 5k Run” – Race Recap


Resolution 5k

This, the last Sunday of 2012 was a race day for me. I’ve decided to get as many races in as possible to get used to dealing with my nerves and just running a race and today I got to run a fund raising 5k for the food bank in Hilo, HI (the registration fee was ($5 or a canned good”). Big Dog is the nick name of Wayne Joseph who is a big name here on the Big Island when it comes to the running (and sports in general).

pre-race me

This was a cute little race with a lot of (ok, maybe not more than 100) happy runners/walkers joining in on a grey and rainy Sunday morning. My husband and I got up and driving around 5.30am and got to the start/finish meet up place on Coconut Island in Hilo approximately 45 minutes before the start. As we all got ready to start running/walking the rain wasn’t too bad but let me tell you it got worse after the race started. I got SOAKED through all clothes and had to “squeeze” water out of my shirt three times during the five k’s. Even running in Seattle rain seems like nothing when compared to today’s rain..

rainy blur

As always before a race I got nervous and I did my best to keep thinking “this is not a serious race, just run your 5k’s and be happy you’re doing it” and “forget about finishing time, just get through the course” and as I lined up for the start I realized I was surrounded by people way more serious than I – and that became even more apparent as the start signal went off – people around me took off SO fast and I got caught up in it for about 500m before I managed to slow myself down and “do my own race”. And after that I did. I enjoyed running in my new Brooks PureConnect – they feel great! So light and easy to run fast in!

all about the shoes

here we go

The rain kept falling on us out on the course, harder and harder, and at the end I started to get a little bit ennoyed with my shirt for sticking to my body like glue.. But whatever, I enjoyed being out there meeting (passing/getting passed by) a bunch of happy runners. There were a lot of cheering from runner to runner out there and that is always nice! In general, I think we should take the time and energy to smile with and cheer on each other – even when it comes to racing.

finish 1

finish 2

My dear husband was a trooper standing in the rain (trying to get away from it under a tree) waiting for me to finish. He might not be a master with the camera but he managed to capture some of my moves going toward the finish line. With all the blur going on you might actually be fooled to think that I’m faster than I am?! My finishing time for the 5K was 25.46 and that is… A PR!

drippin wet

Soaked but very content with my race I got into the car (REALLY happy I had brought a dress and a pair of dry undies, which I quickly changed into right there on the parking lot on Coconut Island) and got going to Starbucks for the usual post-race coffee.

My last words for today (and I’m not going to be ashamed of it): I’m so freaking proud of myself! When I started running in May I could barely run more than 1 mile and here I am running 5k in 25.46 and 10k in 58.23?! I rock!


8 thoughts on ““Big Dog’s New Year’s Resolution 5k Run” – Race Recap

  1. I knew you would ace it! Congratulations, you are so freaking fast!!! And Happy New Year :)

    • Clair! Thank you so very much.
      I read your blogpost and I’m happy that I can contribute with some positive vibes and motivation. You should know that you’re giving the same things right back to me and I’m very thankful for that!
      We’re starting the new year now and we are both going to ROCK IT! Right?!
      Happy New Year! <3

  2. Well done! I’am always nervous before a race. I keep telling myself: enjoy enjoy enjoy. ;-)

    After reading your blog, 2012 was great! I hope 2013 become even better. Happy 2013 from the other side of the world :)

    • Thank you Nikki!
      2012 was a great year for me.. I started running, I moved to the country where my love is from, I got married and I got my green card and work permit.. Many great things, I don’t really know what I did to deserve all that but I’m smiling and starting the new year with a nice happy vibe in my body/soul.
      How was your year? Hope you had a great one! And Happy New Year from the US to you in the “right” side of the world (I’m from Sweden) :)

      • Thank you from my side of the world! I’m living in the Netherlands.
        2012 was good, I travelled in Thailand for 4 weeks. Best trip so far. I started running more often en developed an addiction I guess. ;-) I found your website through Instagram. Like to read about your enthusiasm for running. It’s motivating.
        Sorry, my english isn’t perfect ;-)

      • Where in the Netherlands do you live? We (husband and I) spent 6 days there in April. Went to Eindhoven, Maastricht and Katwijk aan Zee. It was a beautiful trip! Now I just need to go back there to see Amsterdam (it was so busy there when we went, because of Queens Day), my husband has been there a few times and love it.

        Sounds like you had a great year!
        Running is addictive, for sure. And thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, I’m happy I can motivate you :)
        Where in Thailand did you go? I’ve been there two times and spent most time in the Koh Chang archipelago (my favorite spot is Koh Maak), beautiful.. It’s such a nice country to travel to!
        Oh, and don’t apologize – your english is great!

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  4. I live close to Amsterdam, 25 minutes by train. Next time you have to visit Amsterdam for sure. Queensday is a big party here in Holland. ;-)

    I went to the north in Thailand visiting Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. For 30 minutes I was also in Laos. ;-) The last two weeks I spent on Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Koh Tao was my favorite. Like you said, it is so easy to travel there. People are nice, food is good and the country is beautiful.

    Do you run every day?

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