The Diamond Dash 5k

I’m always one to give myself plenty of time when trying to go anywhere.

This is Chicago. I mean… you could try to drive down the street and it will take anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour.

Think I’m kidding? Don’t.

The roomie was a volunteer for the Burdeen’s Diamond Dash, so we had to make sure she was there at 7:30. We got there at 7:05. Whoopsie. Way too early.

At least we saw a double rainbow on the way. It was decided to be a good omen. Thanks to YouTube.

And it started to rain. Which KILLED me. Annie worked her ass off and has lived and breathed this event for the last 6 months. The last thing we needed was rain. She smiled the entire time anyway.But the rain came and went. So there was still plenty of time to get ready for the race and stretch…My creeper was back. Oh Mon…

So back to the race…

It was a smaller one. But 140 participant for the first year? Pretty impressive.

My lunchtime running buddy, D, and I, along with my girl Laura ran the 5k. After a long night of watching Mizzou football and listening to the awesome party my neighbors were having, we were all feeling a little ragged. But were determined to run this thing balls to the wall.

The horn went off. My guy friend pushed ahead as soon as he was off. I told him I would stick with him for the first half mile at least. I lied.

The first mile was a rough one. My calves were tight and I was tired.

Excuses. They’re like belly buttons. Everyone has one.

So I sucked it up. And kept truckin’.

My stride finally came at mile 2.

The sound of my breathing may lead you to believe otherwise, but I found a dude and set up my pace behind him. For almost 2 miles. And then I passed him. Which was right at the last .1 miles of the course.

Enough energy to pass one. But not the girl in front of me. It wasn’t happening.

Did this bother me?

Eh. Not really. Because I somehow ended up placing second and getting a sweet medal and gift certificate to Fleet Feet!Perfect timing. Because this chick needs new running shoes!

My final time was 24:25- just under a 7:53 pace. I missed my fastest time by about 18 seconds. Awwwwww shucks!

Final impressions of the race? I won’t lie- there’s a lot of bias on my end. Being as how one of my best friends organized the thing. However, I will say she went above and beyond the call of duty. No small detail was left unattended. And the course was perfect for the size of the race. Even the narrowest part of the trail was saved for the end when everyone had thinned out due to pace.

Plus there was a bouncy house. What more do you need?

I’ll be back next year to try and claim my spot as first place female.

Or at least attempt to keep up again… ;)

How did we celebrate the finish of the race?

With beer, of course!Oh and buffalo chicken. Because my weaknesses are buffalo sauce and mexican food. So clearly one or the other would happen.

This is Sunday Funday, afterall.

And because it was Sunday Funday, and because we were at Goose Island cheering on the Bears (we’re not talking about it), I had to get the flight of Goose Island beers…I have had all the beers but the Honkers Ale, but it was a decent deal, so why not?

The Honkers Ale was delish. However, my heart will always belong to the original 312. Holla’.

We ended the night with a mad dash in the rain and some wine from the liquor store down the street and the Emmy’s.Sorta reminded me of when Laura and I lived together in college.

I’m sad she’s leaving this morning. And she may hate me after being stuck in rush hour on her way home to St. Louis.

Oh well. We had a good weekend. One for the books. Yeah- I’m calling it that.

Happy Monday kids. Don’t mind me- I’m gonna go fill up on caffeine and get a little salad detox in. Laters!

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33 Responses

  1. Damn girl, great job!

  2. great job, girl!!
    PS I kind of love Mon.

  3. Congrats on the race girl!!! And It looks like you’re celebrating exactly how I would ;) Hehe I’m glad the rain came and went!

    I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

  4. So speedy! Good job! I had a Sunday funday yesterday too, but mine did not start with a 5k so much as puking in my bathroom. Oh well.

  5. Awesome job! That’s freaking fast – especially when you’re tired.

  6. I wanna go to Goose Island!

    I also want Mon to put a coffeebook of her creeperlicious pics, can we make this happen?

    PS-Nice Job :)

  7. I like the smaller races where there are only a few hundred people. I feel like I can really stretch my legs and spread my wings and give it my all without having to punch/slap/kick people.

    I also really like beer. Did you know that?

  8. Congrats on your 2nd place! I couldn’t run a sub-8min mile if I tried (and HS track doesn’t count).

    How many diamonds did you win?

  9. Congrats on your place! Whatcha gonna buy?

  10. Awesome job! Beers for all!
    My roommate and I always watched award shows together and I miss it a lot. We even watched it together virtually last night and texted each other our commentary. We’re super cool like that.

  11. Congrats on the race, that’s a great pace!

    I’de rather not talk about the Bears as well. Good thing I am much bigger Bulls fan (it seems that they are Chicago’s only hope right now haha).

  12. Way to kick the race in the face. Or vagina as I have been saying recently!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

  13. Wow, you’re fast. But I already knew that- I’m glad it went smoothly! PS, buffalo chicken is clearly one of the reasons that we’re friends. That and beer. It’s deep and it’s real.

  14. Damn, you’re speedy – impressive!!

  15. Love your Sunday Funday comment. :) Congrats on the 5K finish! I did a 10K yesterday and I was impressed with my 8:55 average. You kick butt, girl!

  16. Nice job on that time, Amy!

    LOVE that pic of you stretching/Mon creeping. LOL

  17. Yay for you! Second place is friggin awesome. Oh… and so is Goose Island. :)

  18. Looks like the race was a success for you all! Nice finish. Sometimes powering through those slow starts seems impossible.

  19. Congratulations Amy!! You are FAST, WOW…I love Mon, she is hilarious. I love the beers and the BEARS!! BTW on of my favs, chicken wings. I know next year you will be #1, (your #1 in my book). Have a beautiful week. :)

  20. I think it would drive me crazy being that close to a PR too. You still killed it though! And I love when places have beer flights. It makes me too happy. :)

  21. Awesome job on the race! And the post-run beer looks delish! I always crave meat after a race so I would have been right there with you on that chicken- yum!

  22. Great job! Your post-run meal looks fantastic!

    I’m cracking up over “creeper Mon” hahaha!

  23. Hey lady just found your blog, love it! Congratulations on your race too, that is pretty darn close to your PR :)
    Lovin your post-run meal as well!

  24. Hey lady just found your blog, love it! Congratulations on your race too, that is pretty darn close to your PR :)
    Lovin your post-run meal as well!!

  25. Damn! Nice job!

  26. You are FAST!! Seriously!

  27. Congrats on the run! You are awesome!

  28. Balls to the wall indeed. Um, you’re like my personal hero, Speedy Gonzalez. Nice time! And nice Sunday Funday spread. I highly approve.

  29. Amazing! I’m super impressed as I sit on my couch with a box of crackers and my laptop. You are my running hero :-)

  30. That’s Chicago…yep! You can never really plan right. Awesome time on the race! I’m super impressed! Especially with tight calves during the first mile! Looks like you replaced those carbs in a proper manner, obviously :)

  31. There is nothing better than a flight of beer post race. Congrats my friend!

  32. Wow! Congrats! That is an awesome time and second place female!!! WOO HOO!

    I love Mon’s creeper picture. Ha ha.

  33. [...] sneaks! I hit up Fleet Feet because of the gift certificate they donated (and I won) during the Burdeen’s Diamond Dash 5k. Seriously [...]

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