I had no intention of running this race. But FOMO got to me and it was only $15 so I signed up.
I had to run today anyway so now I would have company. After having run 12 miles on Saturday and having another 5k this Saturday, I had no plans to do anything but run.
Since I am usually on Lake George for the holiday (and I did spend the whole day there on Sunday), the only time I ran this race was in 2008, my first year running. My time was a not very impressive 33:03. So I thought that at least I could have a course PR for the day.
I am familiar with part of this course having trained for the Turkey Troy Trot on it and many of the HMRRC Winter Series races are also run here.
All I can say is that it is a boring course. You don’t run it for the scenery. It’s just office buildings and parking lots with a view of the highway.
I spent Sunday like this:
After a long day in the sun, dinner out and fireworks on the lake, I didn’t get home until 11:30 pm. And believe me, I was regretting my decision to run this race knowing all our friends would be out on the lake the next day.
But I dragged myself out of bed and drove to the race which was only 15 minutes away. I immediately ran into Holly, my friend Tom, a former student and so many more runners whom I knew.
I hung around talking to people that I hadn’t seen in a while.
Many runners were doing their warm-up runs but I just walked around (my pre-race warm-up).
Soon it was time to begin (and I noticed the battery was low on my Garmin but it did last the 3.1 miles 🙂 ) and I lined up with Holly and Jackie (from the Turkey Trot and Freihofer’s running groups).
Holly who is in my age group and faster than me, took off and vanished. I tried to start at a decent pace but my legs felt like lead from my 12 miles 2 days before.
The course, though boring, is fairly flat – just some uphills and downhills but nothing challenging.
Though it was perfect running in temps (in the 60’s), the sun was very strong and I was HOT. I willed myself not to walk until the first water stop a little past the 1 mile mark. It helped but I still felt like I was running a lot slower.
I walked again at the second water stop for an even longer time – but it was needed. I wanted to finish strong but I was dragging.
All of sudden, I saw Holly. She had slowed down and I was able to pass her in the last half mile.
Eventually, I approached the finish line with not much left but I gave it my best shot and a even passed a guy at the last minute.
28:34 officially. A minute slower than my last 5k which I thought was a disaster. Still a course PR and lots of runners to chat with while waiting for the awards.
And I won 1st in my age group, Holly second and Jackie third (in a younger age group).
I guess it pays to be old – this my fourth age group 1st place win in a row.
I was having FOMO looking at the FB pictures of my friends and hubby picnicking on Lake George but I am happy with my race.
mile 1: 8:50
mile 2: 9:06
mile 3: 9:39
28:30 (Garmin time)
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