Chilis 5K Queso- Race Report

Chilis 5K Queso- Race Report

This morning I ran in the 2nd Annual Chilis 5 Queso which benefits the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  I guess I consider this race to be the kick-off to my fall racing season.  If you recall, I ran in this race last year and it was my first race post stress fracture.  Comeback races are tough!

Once again the race started at 9 am which I was a little concerned about (last year it was so hot and humid) but today the weather was in the mid 60’s and rainy. I don’t know about you but I will take constant rain over heat any day!

My goal for this 5K (who am I kidding- every 5K) was to break 19 minutes (or get as close to breaking it as possible).  This course has quite a bit of uphill sections so I knew it would be a tougher one compared to some other 5K’s I’ve done this year. Pace-wise I really need to average around a 6:05 or better to break 19 minutes. 

Pre-race pic with the Chili Pepper. 


Mile 1- 6:04. I would have like to have seen a 5:55 or something sub 6 but the first mile is a long slow incline and I have yet to go sub 6 on the first mile of this course. Still, a sub 6:05 pace is still doable for an 18:50-something 5K.

Mile 2- 6:12. Well, I was pretty sure breaking 19 minutes was out but I wanted to hold on to my 2nd place overall lead.  I knew I had a good lead on 1st female but I didn’t want the guy behind me to catch up so I kept telling myself to keep a solid pace.

Mile 3- 6:15.  I was pretty tired by this point. 

Mile 3.13- 0:45 (5:39 avg). I could see the clock turn from 18 to 19 but I gave it a solid kick.

TOTAL TIME- 19:14 (6:09 avg.)

Nearing the finish line

As soon as I crossed the finish line I grabbed some water and turned around to start jogging back towards Abi. When I caught up to her she had a little less than a mile to go so I ran it in with her.  She is such a strong little runner.  I am looking forward to the day when she beats me in these 5K’s. 

My little running buddy

I ended up winning some Chilis cash which John loved since it is one of his favorite restaurants in town. Overall great race.  My mother-in-law also walk/ ran and set her 5K PR by a few minutes.  So glad we could all do it together!

The Stone ladies

Comparing Races-

I decided to make a small little comparison chart so I could see my growth as a runner since I first ran this race last year.  After seeing this I was very encouraged.  What a difference a year can make! No, I did not break 19 minutes today but I’ve come a long way since the 21 minutes I ran on the same course last year.  I’m going to celebrate that.  An 18 minute 5K will happen when the time is right.  I just need to keep working towards that goal.

Chilis 5K- Sept. 2011
Chilis 5K- Sept. 2012
Mile 1
Mile 2
Mile 3
Mile 3.13
Total Time:
21:00 (6:42 avg.)
19:14 (6:09 avg.)

Upcoming Races-
Within the next 7 weeks I actually have 5 races! This includes:  one half marathon, three 5K’s and a full marathon.  I also need to fit in one more 20 miler somewhere in there.  I’ve never raced this many 5K’s in the thick of marathon training so we’ll see how this plays out… Hopefully I can still get in some quality workouts and the mileage I need for NYC and most importantly- stay healthy!  

  • September 29- Heart and Sole Half Marathon
  • October 6- Micah Rine 5K
  • October 20- Race for the Cure 5K
  • October 27- Bison Stampede 5K
  • November 4- NYC Marathon

Do you like to race other races during marathon training?  Are you a friend of the 5K? ๐Ÿ™‚

21 thoughts on “Chilis 5K Queso- Race Report

  1. You ROCK, Tia!
    Maybe not a sub 19 5k, but an amazing race during marathon training. I love your chart! I like to make charts to re-affirm to myself that I really DID do something worth celebrating.

    I would like to say that i am friends with the 5k, but right now the half is still my best distance. Time will tell! I will be happy if I get near your marathon training 5k after a 5k cycle. haha!
    Hope you enjoy the afterglow ๐Ÿ™‚ You earned it!

  2. Nice job Tia! I love your chart. What a great way to see how much speed you’ve gained. I also love that it was a family affair. This year is the first time I’ve raced during a training cycle. I ran a 10k last weekend and I was so sore and tired all week! I’m thinking I’m not very good at blending the two. Best wishes in your racing and marathon training!

  3. Congratulations on another really great 5k. I liked seeing your charted improvement in just one year. It’s a big jump! And it’s so cool that your daughter races with you.

    1. Thanks! At first I was a tiny bummed about missing the 18 again but once I looked at the progress from last year I was really happy with what I did and I now I just need to keep working at it. That’s how we all do it!

  4. Awesome race! What a neat comparison to see the two years. So a friend of mine who is giving me a little guidance and is a 2:30’s marathoner, was just telling me to race more to prepare for NYC. he said its different from running a tempo – that the 5ks, 10ks and a half marathon races are great because you really need to get out there and push it and make it hurt. He said I know and he knows I could run 20 miles any given day, but the smaller race prep is an amazing training tool, so good for you for getting in those races pre NYC. I’m racing a half marathon three weeks before NYC, then will probably start a little bit longer taper. Just have to get one more 20 miler in threr as well!
    Hope you have a great week!!
    ps – you’re daughter is adorable! Can’t wait until my little ones are running with me!

    1. I am so glad you told me this Katie! It makes me feel a lot better about my little racing addiction. It’s just hard for me to resist local 5K’s… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You are such a machine!!! Congrats on a great race and soooooooo close to breaking 19 minutes!!! Eek! I predict you’ll break that soon enough!

    Your daughter is so cute and congrats to momma for her PR too!

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