I need to run long.
I love to race.
I shouldn’t spend the money.
Races make me run better.
I could sleep late.
I won’t have to run alone.
These are the thoughts that run through my brain every weekend.
So I had decided that since I raced 3 Sundays in a row and I have a race next Sunday that I would skip this one.
Then someone posted in Fb asking if anyone was running this race.
And you can guess the rest of the story.
I ran this race 3 years but don’t remember much about it other than it was a little hilly (and a very hot, humid day) and I finished in 30:45 (despite walking many times).
My goal for this race was to reverse this trend:
That means I hope to finish faster than 30:31 and then maybe run some more miles after on the bike trail.
The weather was perfect …warm and sunny. I didn’t have any Mexican looking outfit but I wore what I could find with red, white & green (the shirt from my Santa Clarita Half in Calif.)
The race started at 10 am but I arrived early to get parking and my bib. I was also hoping to see someone I knew. None of my friends were there but I did see a few familiar faces. It was a little chilly but I knew I would warm up as soon as the race began (and I was right.)
There were about 200 runners and the course was quite winding – in and out of the cul-de-sacs of the Rensselaer Tech Park. It started with a downhill but after that it seemed that you were running up hill – not steep hills – just long ones.
There was one water stop but though tempting I passed it by. I barely glanced at my Garmin but I knew that my first mile was too fast and that I was slowing down.
I finally looked at my watch when it beeped for mile 3 and saw that my time was really good… so I sped up.
The problem was that it took longer than I thought to cross the finish line. I am sure the clock said 29:58 when I crossed and I stopped my Garmin which said 29:59.
But the course was long – 3.22 miles. Everyone agreed. Most of the runners were complaining. My time was posted as 30:01.
I was still pleased and felt I ran a good race.
After the race, they gave out those ugly cotton tee-shirts and the only refreshments were orange slices.
Although I am still 4 days away from the next age group, that’s where I was put and this time I did better in this group. I came in 2nd (missed first by 1 second.)
They, however, only gave out awards for 1st in each AG.
Oh well, at least I met my goal of finishing faster than my last race and at the correct distance I did finish under 30 minutes.
finished 80 out 195
2nd in AG (6th in correct AG)
mile 1: 9:01
mile 2: 9:56
mile 3: 9:33
As always, I love to race and am glad I did but I don’t think I’ll do this one again.
I had hoped to run more miles afterward but I was tired and I had plans to spend the rest of the rest with my mentee and her sons.
Happy Running! Do you have the Run vs Race dilemma?