- My week was very hectic and I did not run 5 out 6 days (yes, really!)
- The highway to get to this race has 4 out 6 lanes closed (a nightmare)
- My Russian friend Anna changed her plans and showed up last night!!!!!!
- I went to bed very late and did not sleep well at all
- Boating days are ending and Anna and my hubby wanted to go on the boat!!
- I was nervous about running more than 3 miles and about being out of shape…
As a result, my only goal for this race would get it over with and finish standing! Yes, I admit that is not a good attitude.
So I dragged myself out of bed and dressed in purple running clothes. I packed a bag so that I could head up to the boat right after the race. Anna would go up with my hubby and I would meet them there.
At the last moment, Anna decided that she wanted to watch me race. She had never been to a race. (Great! Now more stress!)
So I rushed her out of the house, she brought her breakfast with her in the car (and she proceeded to spill her tea all over herself & my car!) and I raced to the race.
Fortunately, there was no traffic at this early hour (The race had a 8am start time) and we arrived with plenty of time to spare.
My mood changed as soon as I got there and saw my friend. Her family organized this race and she was really glad that I came. It was a popular weekend for races (even had another 5k in the same park and a big half here tomorrow.) As a result, there were not many people…probably about 60-65. It was very well organized except for one thing…the bathroom were locked and no portapotties. (Luckily I was ok.)
The weather was perfect…sunny..cool (in the 50s).
My Russian friend had no concept about running or racing and thought I wanted to WIN THE RACE! I tried to explain that I just wanted to finish. She wasn’t satisfied so I said that I wanted to not finish last. This still prompted me to say that I wanted to finish under 50 minutes and finally we agreed on that I would at least beat a guy.
The course was the same as last week’s 5K just longer. I wanted to run slow and pace myself. I haven’t run longer than a 5k since the 10K I did on Aug 10.
The truth is that I felt great throughout the whole race. Either I need to not run very much or I need to run slow. Neither concept I am satisfied with but it works for now.
In a very small race, if you’re not fast, you tend to run by yourself and this was the case. I had a guy ahead of me in my sight most of the race. There was one long uphill (around mile 2.5) and I saw him walking the whole thing. This allowed me to get closer. I could have run up it but at the last moment I decided to walk a little to save energy and finish strong.
I even passed by both water stops and didn’t walk – a first for me this year!!
Around mile 3.75, I saw Anna. She had her ipad in her hand and she was videoing me. I, of course, wanted to run fast for the camera and I did and passed that guy. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, this isn’t the right time, you need to save it for end.
You can watch it here.
Well, I slowed down after that but sprinted across the finish line. Unfortunately or fortunately, it was at 45:32 and Anna missed me.
Then she found me and I had a medal. She thought I won something and I didn’t deny it.
There were lots of good refreshments. Since it was such a small race, they only gave out awards for the top 5 male and female finishers (They got wine and fleetfeet gift cards!). But they did raffle off other prizes and I won a box of Luna bars.
First 4.4 race so a PR, right?
Like with a run, I have never regretted running a race. I don’t regret this one, either.
Happy Running! Have you ever DNSed a race?