Frosty Footrace 5K

By , February 28, 2010 6:34 pm

Today Erin and I ran the Frosty Footrace 5K in Round Lake. I am so happy Erin ran it! I don’t think I would have gotten the time I did if she wasn’t there, but I’ll get into that below.

Kim and Erin at Frosty Footrace 5K

Notice that we are matching?! We didn’t even coordinate. This happened at our last race too!

The Frosty Footrace is a very local race for me, and the proceeds benefit the community fitness center. I actually ran it last year too, and I thought it was fun to run it again. Are there races you like to run each year? I think I will definitely keep doing this one. It feels like a kick-off to race season to me!

We had great race conditions – no snow, no rain, almost 40°F, and no snow on the trails (phew). About 275 people ran it, and we were able to start near the front and didn’t have to struggle much with crowding.

Frosty Footrace Start Line

Can you find me in this crowd, Dad?

Erin had plans to finish in 26:23, and I wanted to finish in 27:00. We didn’t really plan on running together. She wanted to hit 8:30s, and I wanted to do 8:41, 8:31, 8:21.

Frosty Footrace Take Off

I took off a bit fast though! First mile? 8:02. Oops! I just felt so good when I was running that I didn’t want to slow down, even though I kept telling myself I should.

And of course, I did. I would say fatigue hit in around the 2 mile mark (done in 8:12). The course had some small hills, and right after we passed Steven (and he took the photo below) we had to go up this mini hill and I thought “I might not be able to keep this up!”

Frosty Footrace before the hill

Frosty Footrace before the hill

But you know what (or who, I should say) kept me going? Erin did! Early in the race, I told myself I would at least try to keep her in my sight (which I hope didn’t annoy her). Our goals were so close together, I figured it made sense.

And it worked! I stuck behind her for the last mile (8:28, oops) and found my inner sprinter to finish the race out with a time of 25:51 (only one minute slower than my PR!)!!! Update: Official time was 25:55.3 – slower and shorter than what the Garmin told me.

I was pooped. Look at this finish photo:

Kim is pooped

And… I accidentally peed myself in the last quarter mile (I had brought a spare outfit and changed). Ha ha.

Erin met her time too! I am not going to give it away though. You will have to make sure you watch her blog for her recap. Update: here is Erin’s recap!

Erin and Kim pooped out

And guess what? We both placed second in our age groups! Boo-yah! It’s a good thing Erin and I are in separate age groups – our times were really close!


After the race and awards ceremony, we went back to our place to eat chili, cornbread, and Steven’s newest masterpiece:

Apple Braid

Apple Braid

NOM! What a fun day. It was so nice of Erin to trek across the suburbs to run with me, and it was so nice of Steven to be our official race photographer, and make us lunch while we cleaned up.

Here’s to the beginning of my race season! And to a few days of recovery runs!

Distance: 3.15 | Time: 25:51 | 1: 8:02 | 2: 8:12 | 3: 8:29 | 4: 1:07

44 Responses to “Frosty Footrace 5K”

  1. Kristie says:

    Yay!! What a sweet way to kick-off racing 🙂

  2. cher says:

    there is a race near my house, that is on older country roads. it was my first, and while i didn’t race it this year, i plan to every year that i can. it’s called the “bacon strip” due to the wavy nature of the roads that you’re on. but, as an added bonus (not for me), they serve bacon at the end and have a bacon eating contest. ICK!!!

  3. Paige says:

    Way to race!!!

  4. Congrats on the race 😀 You peed yourself?? Ahhh I’m always afraid of that haha

  5. Tonia says:

    Great race! Congrats on the age group finishes. I so love that you fessed up to peeing. Too funny!

  6. Stef says:

    awesome! go kim! nice job getting 2nd to both of ya! lol ya good thing you weren’t in the same heat :). “almost 40*” ugh. i stand by what i said earlier. you are cuh-razy!

  7. I’d be scared off by a name like “Frosty Footrace” — but it’s awesome that you did well! 🙂

    <3 <3

  8. Good for you!! Congrats : ) You could NEVER get me to run outside when there’s snow on the ground haha



  9. Libby says:

    Sounds like a great race! And what on earth is that yummy goodness in the bottom pictures?!?! Its making me so hungry haha

  10. Erin says:

    Having you right behind me (and in front of me at the end) pushed me hard, too! Thank you! We did great, didn’t we?

  11. Ameena says:

    Congratulations on such a great run! Glad the conditions were good and you had a masterpiece to end your fabulous day with!

    PS – Love your honesty Kim!

  12. Kim H says:

    Very cool! Congrats to you!

  13. RunningLaur says:

    Congrats on a great race! 2nd place!!

  14. claire says:

    Silver medalists, woo!

  15. Shannon says:

    What a great time! You are speedy! I’m glad the conditions weren’t too “frosty.” That helps!

  16. Great job and congrats 🙂

  17. Amy says:

    Congratulations!!! You are fast!!! So fun that you got to do it with your friend – so much more motivating.

  18. I’m sorry, you said you ran 8 minute miles? Um, that is stinking fast! I dunno why you said you would be a slow running partner! My fastest mile is a 10min mile. 😀

    Hooray for the first race of the season! I just signed up for mine and it’s a 5k too!

  19. Tony says:

    Great job on the race. I am impressed with your second place medal. Looks like it was a fun time.

  20. Jenny says:

    Wow! Congrats on a great race and coming in WAY under your goal! You do a great job running through some very wintery conditions, and that’s so cool that there are some winter races to run as well.

    Oh, and what exactly was that yummy concoction that Steven made? I was wanting a slice real bad!

  21. Karin says:

    That’s fantastic congratulations!!
    It sounds like it was a fabulous race, now I can’t wait to run a few as well!

  22. Good job you guys! I might run an 8 minute mile if it meant eating some of that delicious food after the race (ahh yeah probably not)!

  23. Linzi says:

    I love how you always change your header to match what’s going on with your life! 🙂 And great times on your 5k! How fun and with all that snow! 🙂

  24. Wow! Congratulations!

    I was only close to winning anything in my age group once. If I had been 3 seconds faster I would have been 3rd in my age group. Once I knew I was annoyed about it for weeks because obviously I could have gone 3 seconds faster if I knew. Well, I say I was annoyed for weeks but I guess I am still annoyed about it and it happened years ago!

    • kilax says:

      LOL! I would be annoyed too! I am annoyed I didn’t run 25 seconds faster and snag first! LOL.

  25. Teamarcia says:

    Way to kick off your race season! Congrats! You girls are so cute all coordinated!
    The March Madness 1/2 is really my ritual kickoff race. It was my first ever 1/2 and this is my 4th annual, although now with my injury I may not do it because hills are not my friend.

  26. Etta says:

    I did the Komen 5K for the Susan G. Komen foundation last year with a girlfriend. Of course, we walked it in 45 minutes. We like to chit chat and take our time. An old woman passed us. Whoops.

  27. Kate says:

    Yay!!! Congrats to both of you lovely ladies! I have two questions: (1) Is peeing something normal that happens when you run and (2) what’s on the inside of Steven’s newest masterpiece? Looks good!!!

    • kilax says:

      Ha! Peeing is NOT normal! I am not sure what happened to me! I was a quarter mile near the finish line and just felt it come out! On it’s own! I did tell Erin before the race I had to pee… but didn’t oops.

      This inside of the braid has apple pie filling 🙂

  28. Holly says:

    Wow – congrats on your race! That is an awesome time!!

    Steven’s masterpiece looks like heaven.

  29. Lacey says:

    hooray for double age-place awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woo hoo! you guys even kinda matched, too. love teh photos. and congrats!

  30. Mica says:

    Woohoo, congrats on the two age group awards. (Isn’t it nice when you AND your friend win? That way, one doesn’t have to feel guilty.)

    What is Steven’s newest creation? It looks beautiful!

    • kilax says:

      Thanks! 😀

      Oh yeah… I am so happy we are in different age groups – we’re about 4.5 years apart, but we were 3 or 4 second apart in our times! 😛

      Steven used this recipe for a Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid but used our apple pie filling recipe instead of blueberry!

  31. Congrats on the fantastic race time!!

  32. Amanda says:

    Way to go on the great time! And lol at peeing on yourself. I’ve never done that during a run, but I have immediately after. It’s like my body kind of relaxes after I stop running and the urge hits hard and fast!

  33. Thank you so much for saying something about pee, because that has happened to me and I thought I was a complete freak and needed to go on the FBS (frequent bladder syndrom) or something medicine.

    AND, what a rock star, that time is awesome!!! AND, AND, that dessert is also rock star. I missed you.

    • kilax says:

      Nah! Runners are never freaks when it comes to bodily functions.

      Thank you! 🙂

      I have missed you. Are things okay? You back for good?

  34. Bethany says:

    Wow, great job! I think this spring I’m going to start biking some…can’t wait!

  35. Paula says:

    Goodness sakes girly! You’re awesome! I loved reading about your race! Steven’s masterpiece looks tasty!

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