This race turned out much differently than expected.
I was really tired all week and had a tight right calf muscle. Yesterday I came home from work and went to bed. I was too tired to go to Mah Jongg (which I LOVE) or even BLOG.
When I got up this morning, I was still tired. My race goals were to finish and run as much of the race as I could.
This was the first time I have run this race and it was about 40 minutes away. On the way, I realized that at the last 4 races I have run with others that I know. It was nice having someone to chat with before and after the race. I knew no one running this race & I signed up for it while on a high from my last race. This is bound to happen when you are a 5K race addict like myself.
The skies were overcast and threatening RAIN!. The temperature was in the 60’s and would have been comfortable if it weren’t so HUMID. They gave out a nice backpack type bag, coupon for a free Stewarts ice cream cone and the standard cotton tee.
There were almost 600 running in this race. I recognized a lot of elite runners from the area (so no award for me!). It started and ended in the middle of town. There were some inclines on the country roads of Kinderhook, NY but otherwise it was relatively flat.
I started slowly in the middle of the pack, trying to get my iPod to play. I never have an idea what my pace is since I don’t have a Garmin. Everyone was passing me by so I thought I was running slow. I just kept running.
I was surprised that the mile 1 clock said 9:20. That’s my PR pace. So I continued running. The 2nd mile clock said 18:42 so I was at the same pace. That was good because I didn’t want a repeat of last week’s race when I ran too fast during mile 2 and had no gas for the 3rd mile.
I continued running at my same pace with only a brief stop for water and when I approached the finish line, I was shocked to see 28 minutes! I started to sprint as fast as I could!!!
My goal this year was to finish under 29 minutes and I did- 28:42. YAY!!
I actually felt less tired after the race than before.
There were had lots of refreshments – apples, bananas, oranges, watermelon, cider, bagels, donuts, bars, etc. They gave out ceramic dishes to the top 3 in each 5 year age group. Just as they started to announce the winners, it started to rain. I hung around since I had a rain coat and I knew I had no chance at 10 year age groups but there was a slight possibility today.
Nope! I came in 318 and 6th in my age group. The top 2 in my age group ran it in 20 & 21 minutes!!!!!!!!! The good news is next year, these 2 runners will be out of my age group for 2 years.
I hope the rain stops for some outdoor activities tomorrow.