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Beat Beethoven 5K

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Member Since:

May 06, 2009



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Running Accomplishments:

5K: 21:01, 9/11/2010

10K: 43:49, 7/24/2010

15K: 1:21:00, 5/22/2010

Half-marathon: 1:41:41, 8/28/2010

Short-Term Running Goals:

Now that I'm (almost for sure) done having all the babies, I'm working on building consistency and seeing how fast I can get in my old age. ;)

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd like to be a healthy and relatively injury-free runner for the rest of my life.  


I'm married to Eric (Faceless Ghost on the blog) and we have very active daughters and one dog. I have a PhD in sociology and demography, and I'm incredibly grateful to have work that is meaningful and that builds on my academic experience. I run because it makes me feel strong and it helps to keep the crazy away (there is a long history of abuse and mental illness in my extended family).

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Brooks Cascadia Lifetime Miles: 73.39
Saucony Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 372.79
Girly Altra Lifetime Miles: 366.08
Kinvara 3 Lifetime Miles: 175.92
NB Orange Lifetime Miles: 13.50
Race: Beat Beethoven 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:21:01, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

I didn't hate this race as much as Eric did, but it's still probably my least favorite race ever. 

The whole reason for doing a 5K today was so that Eric could get a new PR. His old one was from January, about two weeks after he had really started running. We hadn't decided between the Beat Beethoven one in Pleasant Grove or another race in conjunction with a half-marathon in Spanish Fork, but at the last minute this morning we decided to go to PG since the SF race might be crazy with the half and a fun run going on at the same time. Plus, we'd get to see Awesome Allie. 

We got there and were charged a price different than what the registration form said, but they fixed that. Then when we were getting ready to start the person giving instructions said that the course wasn't marked and to follow the lead people. Eric had said he wasn't feeling well, so I thought that probably Allie would win, and it sounded like she had memorized the course turns. I figured there'd be enough people ahead of me that I wouldn't have to figure out where to go on my own, and since Eric wasn't feeling well I thought he wouldn't have to worry about the unmarked course either. 

Everything went okay for me during the race. I saw several people dodging cars (for real...and then a couple of cars just stopped in the road because they didn't know what was going on) as we crossed through intersections, but I never had to slow down because of the lack of directions or traffic control. Near the end I passed a guy because he had to slow down for a truck, so I kind of felt bad for him there. I knew I'd be several minutes behind Allie, but there was another girl I could see for the first two miles who I kept hoping would run out of steam. But then she disappeared around the turn to the finish, so maybe she was banditing? Or she took a wrong turn? So I ended up second woman, and *almost* made it under 21 minutes. After looking at my splits I wonder if I should have tried harder, but it sounds like I'll have another chance sometime soon since Eric still needs a new 5K PR. 

To sum up, I wouldn't do this race again. I like the "Beat Beethoven" idea, and I believe in libraries and museums and stuff, and I like runnercard timing, but it was kind of dangerous to send people out on a course and not tell them that there's no traffic control, and it was kind of annoying that there were absolutely no course markings (no mile markers, but also not even one "turn here" marking or volunteer (except the people at a water station on a corner)). Plus, I know it's not supposed to be the point of a race, but I really like the "race atmosphere," and that wasn't here either. It was good to spend a morning with Eric, though, and it was fun to see Allie.

It makes me wonder, though. Sometimes a course isn't marked, sometimes someone misses a marking, sometimes there's a huge crowd at the start that we can't get through, sometimes a volunteer sends someone in the wrong direction. But everyone uses race times as PRs instead of  just going out to a track or something. Why? And what's the line between runner's responsibility (specifically in road races and not those trail races where part of the race is to follow a map or something) and race director's responsibility? 

Splits: 6:51, 6:58, 6:48, and then whatever for the last 0.1.

Brooks Launch Miles: 3.00Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.10
Weight: 0.00
From allie on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 15:55:24 from

i thought i had memorized the course, but apparently not. i also thought there would at least be some sort of markers...little orange cones or even paper signs. something. but the biggest issue was the traffic. i was so worried about some of those little kids who had gone out at a sprint. i just prayed that none of them would dart out into the road thinking they were taken care of because they were in a race. it's not fair to do that to the drivers either. just dangerous all around. i do feel for the race director though, as there seemed to be a lot of miscommunication that was beyond her control. it was certainly an interesting experience today.

i think the reason we have to use races for PRs (as opposed to just going out to the track) is because it's really hard to push yourself to the limit when there is no competition, no race energy or adrenaline, and no real finish line. but maybe that is what it will have to come down to in order to get an accurate time.

all the craziness aside, you ran great today and you looked very strong coming into the finish. it was sure nice to see you and eric this morning. now we know...when in doubt, choose spanish fork! :)

From RAD on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 16:11:36 from

Wow, this race just sounds crazy! Y'all should've come down to Onion Days. They have a great, well marked 5K course. Relatively flat as well! Plus, there are a TON of fun bloggers that always show up :)

Congrats on the new PR and getting out and getting some in. I ran Spanish Fork Memorial Day 5K last year and it was well organized and had a great raffle too. So, I'm with Allie, when in doubt...choose Spanish Fork!

From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 19:04:27 from

You would have broken 21 for sure at Spanish Fork. My bad :(

From catherine on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 19:08:34 from

Eric - no problem. Now we know for next time. :)

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