Nutri Hut 5k 2011


Another Monday in May! Where is this month going?!? It’s already halfway over! Not that I’m complaining, it just means closer to vaca time for me! Catching up from the weekend?

Friday, I did a Friday flashback post of what I was doing a year ago today. WOW things sure are different in my life now!

Saturday, I talked about the importance of incorporating rest days into your schedule. Do it folks, you will be glad you did!

Ok, so on Saturday Bobby and I ran the first annual Nutri Hut 5k. Surprisingly, the humidity was low. It was warm and sunny though, as the race didn’t start till 9:00. boo!


ready to rock and roll! By the way, the puppy is always in my pictures because she literally follows me around ALL DAY. If you feel friendless and want something that thinks you are the and will be at your side no matter what, get a poodle. seriously.

So we got to the race early since we were not exactly sure where it was. We got our bib’s and shirts, and went potty before warming up and stretching a bit. My Sunday school teacher’s wife was running this race as her first 5k, which was cool to watch (by the way she rocked it! 32 something or other I believe?)


I have no idea who this girl is. She got in the way of my picture. how rude.

So we lined up for the race, Bobby wanted to get in the front but I really didn’t, there were some fast and serious looking guys up there, so I started a few seconds back, and soon we were off! The flyer said it was a fast and flat course, well…I would LOVE to know the definition of “flat” for some people, because we turned the first corner and were face to face with a giant INTERSTATE OVERPASS! No lie, I kind of freaked out. I REALLY wanted to run a sub 28:00, and almost wanted to give up knowing we would have to go up and over this thing TWICE. I talked myself down however, and decided to take the hill at a moderate pace. I had started out too fast (in the upper 7:00 range) so knew I would still be ok time wise for mile one if I just took it nice and steady, not pushing TOO hard. I slowed a bit, and as we got up, a guy passes me….pushing a stroller…with a sleeping baby in it. WOW did I feel slow! I kind of laughed to myself and kept going.

The next few tenth’s were nice because they were in the shade of some trees going through a neighborhood aahhhh, shade! We got to the water stop which I declined. I knew it was an out and back and decided to wait and stop to grab a sip on my way back when I knew I would want to walk for a few seconds and catch my breath. My Garmin chirped one mile, 8:49. Even WITH the giant hill, I was in good shape. I passed up an athletic looking guy at this point so that boosted my confidence.

  Soon enough, the two lead guys came flying by the other way neck and neck. I wished I could be at the end to see them battle it out! I could see the turn around, and Bobby was just hitting it. I was only about a minute behind him, if that. We high fived as we passed each other, I was still feeling pretty good. When I could see the water stop coming up, I picked up the pace for a second because I knew I would be walking soon. I grabbed the water, drank two sips, and dumped the rest on my head. I was starting to get quite warm! I went back through the shaded area and started to get REALLY tired. I could see the bridge up ahead of me, and that further exhausted me, just seeing it, knowing I had to go up it again. I tried to fight mentally, thinking of anything else. I thought of all the people and children with cancer, going through chemotherapy. If they could do that, I could run another .60 miles. I walked for about ten seconds of the base of the bridge, then powered up that baby. OH MY GOSH the wind. I didn’t feel it at ALL the first time, but going BACK, it was blowing right at me, and I felt like I was fighting SO HARD not only to go up hill but against the dumb wind. That made me try to go faster just to get OUT of it and back down the hill. I finally made it stopped for about 7 seconds to catch my breath. I could SEE the finish line. I still had about .30 to go, and I was running out of gas. At the last turn, a girl passed me, I was so mad! So I passed her back!!! We got in the final stretch and she started SPRINTING like she was running the 100 meter dash. She left WAY to much in the tank, and no way I could catch her so I let her go and prayed she wasn’t in my age group!


you can see me in my red skirt wwaayyy back  there, with speedy gonzales sprinting ahead of me.


I was hurting, just wanted to be DONE with the “I’m going to throw up” feeling.


not sure why, but it looks like I am power walking here? I was running pretty good, I promise!



Weeee I’m done!!!!

Official times are not up, but my Garmin said 28:15. I am happy with it considered it’s a one minute PR.(not quite 100 people raced.) I was frustrated, however, because if it was not for the bridge twice, a sub 28 would be MINE! I was 15 seconds away, and I know those bridges slowed me down way more than 15 seconds!!! Oh well, I still am proud. Bobby ran a 24:28, and we can’t remember if that is a PR for him or not, ha! He did awesome!

We got some water, I watched Sarah run it in, and then we saw they had free massages, yes! I hopped up on the table and told of my IT band woes. Bobby got a massage, too.


Honestly, she wasn’t great and didn’t rub hard enough. Oh well, it was free. We waited around for awards, and I was quite surprised when I heard my name called for 2nd in my age category!!! YAY!


They took pictures with 1-3rd in each category, (the 1st place girl in my category had already left, I would have gladly taken her medal ha!) All in all, good race. my only complaint is the bridge. The coast is a very flat area, so it’s frustrating they couldn’t find 1.55 miles of flat road for us to run an out and back on.

It was almost 11 by now, and so we drove to the next shopping center for some Mexican from my favorite place! I changed into our race shirts, and I thought they were really cute.

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Bobby ran so well!


don’t ask. I have no idea.


BAHAHA I love the back. So funny! We ate, we came home, we walked the dogs for 20 minutes, and did some yard work (Hello, my second workout of the day!) And now I have another medal to add to my collection!


Sorry that was long winded, thanks for reading and all the support I got on Twitter and Facebook after I posted that I placed!

QOTD: Did you race this weekend? If not what it your next race or fitness workout if not a race?

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33 Responses to Nutri Hut 5k 2011

  1. 1
    Britton says:

    Congrats on your finish! That is awesome!

  2. 2
    Leah says:

    Way to go Heather! Don’t these people know that we choose our races based on the “flat and fast” theory? You still did an amazing job. I love you talking us through the whole thing. We are so similar. I just hate when the “stroller people” pass me. Even worse is in one of my first 5K’s when the race walkers passed me. I fight to not let that happen. Have a marvelous Monday!

  3. 3
    Kayla says:

    Great job on placing. That is awesome! The back of the shirts are too funny!

  4. 4
    Liz says:

    Congrats on placing and a new PR! You’ll break 28 easily on the next one.

  5. 5
    Morgan says:

    Oh my gosh, speedy great job!! That has to be the best race t-shirt I’ve ever seen!

  6. 6
    Bethany says:

    Great job out there!!! If not for that bridge you would probably been closer to 27:00, easily. Next time! Nice job. Ryan and I always high five each other when we pass at out and back races. I HATE that i’m gonna puke feeling. That’s probalby why i hate running 5ks, lol. i always get that feeling!!! yuck. reat job tho!!! :-) I havent read your blog in a couple of weeks, i have to go back and catch up. Since today is the start of a new week i can officailly say that i am getting married NEXT week! :-p

  7. 7
    Tanya says:

    Woohoo! congrats on pushing through those hills – I totally feel your pain and that age group award – sweet! I totally had some flashbacks to my 5K race over the weekend while reading your description – totally got passed by a dude who I had passed earlier – it hurt so bad!

  8. 8
    Crystal says:

    Great job, Speedy! :) Love the shirt.

    No racing anytime soon for me. Boo. Would have loved to run the Pasadena marathon yesterday but oh well.

  9. 9

    I dont remember if I said anything on twitter or not but congrats!!! I cant wait to race again! I love the feeling of being with other people around.

  10. 10

    Great job on placing! I have a half marathon coming up this weekend so I’m doing a bit of a taper…it kinda sucks, I just want to run!

  11. 11

    Congratulations girl! Second place is awesome, and you will get that sub-28 minute 5K next time for sure!

  12. 12
    kate says:

    OMG I need a poodle yours is so precious!!! Congrats on the race thats so awesome you and your hubby run them together!

  13. 13
    Karolina says:

    Congrats again on your great run! Your skirt is SO CUTE by the way. Seriously…who knew running gear could be so great? What’s your reasoning behind wearing skirts so often? (i would too, btw, if I had a skirt like that!)

    • 13.1
      Heather says:

      they are SO COMFY> I only wear running skirts….comfy and stylish! No riding up, no ill fitting madness! I can’t wear shorts to run in anymore, they drive me crazy.

  14. 14

    Wow, sounds like a great race minus that sprinter lol! Congrats on a great time and finishing 2nd in your group!

  15. 15
    Coach Brian says:

    Haha. I saw that 5th picture and I was thinking “Dude, it looks like she’s race walking”. Then I read the caption. Great minds think alike. Congrats on the PR!

  16. 16

    Congrats! I would looooove to get a medal just once in my life:-) I love your running skirt too! I ordered one but it hasn’t come yet – do you like running in them?

  17. 17
    Jen says:

    GREAT job! I’m so happy to hear you PR’d and YAY for age group placing! It’s such a great feeling :)

  18. 18
    Kristi says:

    Congrats on 2nd in your AG! I raced that same weekend and won my AG for the first time. Very exciting!!!

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