It is nice to run a race that is only 10 minutes from your house.
This is my 8th time running this race. In 2017, my back was bothering me so I didn’t run it and in 2012, I had a broken ankle. Then with the Pandemic, it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Otherwise, I have tried to run it every year. But I haven’t run it in 3 years.
Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:
It is a flat course so my times have been fairly decent:
2019 – 44:53(PR)
2018 – 45:09
2016 – 47:14
2015 – 45:26
2014 – 48:14
2013 – 47:39
2011 – 47:08
It may sound like a broken record but three years later, my expectations were fairly low… In fact, a course PW was very possible.
My two 5 milers (Electric City 5 Miler & Shamrock Shuffle) this year were pretty slow but of course, this course was easier than either one.
I was a little worried that my foot would continue to be painful after the half marathon last weekend. It had started to hurt around mile 6. But I ran 3 times during the week and it seemed to be ok. Fingers crossed.
To save time on race day, I picked up my bib and race shirt the day before.
Now only if spring would arrive. It was windy on Monday, then got snow on Tuesday…windy the rest of the week…
It’s always hard at this time of year to decide what to wear. Too cold for spring clothes but I am tired of jackets and tights. I opted for a long-sleeved shirt, a skirt with compression socks, a cap and hoped that it would be enough.
I got there early. I knew a few people doing this race so I went inside the school to look for them.
As soon as I arrived, I bumped into Barbara and we chatted for a bit.
I also chatted with several other runners that I knew. Because of the local half marathon and Boston that was held last weekend and some other races scheduled for this weekend, there weren’t as many runners as usual. Probably around 100. There were usually around 300 racers.
It was a little chilly out but we were chatting so waited until the last minute to go outside.
My hope for the race was to have a decent finish time. Maybe even faster my last two five milers.
Zero PR aspirations especially without doing any speed work and my recent sore foot and DOMS from last weekend’s half marathon. Besides, I wanted to stay healthy for my half marathon in 4 weeks!!
I lined up with some faster runners. (but lost them as soon as the race started. lol) But I forgot that they do not use chip time – just gun time for this race. I should have lined up closer to the starting line.
Of course waiting for the race to begin, I was cold but I was fine as soon as I started running. In fact, I got warm and could have worn a tank or short-sleeved shirt.
I tried to start out fast but not too fast. Though I never know what this is. And I probably did since my legs seemed to have zero energy today.
There was someone calling out times at each mile. When I heard my Mile 1 time, I thought they were mistaken (8:xx)
By the water stop at mile 2.5 or so, I was pooped and I stopped for water and walked a bit.
I tired with each mile but tried my best to keep it up some semblance of speed.
I crossed the finish line at 46:XX.
Post Race Activities:
Barbara finished shortly after I did. (And she did NOT walk at all!! Impressive.)
Before the Pandemic, the refreshments were inside and there was soup, bread, birthday cake and hot chocolate. They even offered massages!
Today they were outside and consisted of bananas, cookies, muffins and many types of pastries.
Inside the results were posted….
And I won my age group, though I was pretty sure that I may have been the only one.
I waited around for the awards ceremony and I was thrilled that it was NOT a medal. I love something usable.
The company that sponsored the race had a raffle for a basket filled with running related items and some freebies.
Additional Race Reflections:
- Nearby (3 miles away from my house)
- Organized packet pick up the day before and morning of
- Lots of parking
- Warm, dry place to wait before and after (middle school gym)
- Real bathrooms
- Well organized course, lots of course marshals
- Gender-specific tech shirt
- Glasses as age group awards
- Flat course
- Well marked course
- Free photos (coming soon)
- Small turnout
- COVID limitations (food, massages)
- Gun timed
Positive splits! Of course!
My time was TWO minutes faster than my last 5 mile race. Woo Hoo!
Delmar Dash times? 3 faster and 4 slower!! Sounds about right!
Since this course is flat and near where I live, it is still one of my favorite races and I will run it again next year. I am really happy with my time…because I had ZERO pain!
Since I was training for a half marathon, I felt like I needed to add some miles to the legs.
So I ran to the rail trail. Lots of runners and bikers were out on this gorgeous day. I dragged myself through 5 more miles (with lots of walking).
That makes 10 miles for the day… and so Long Run done!!
Would I recommend this race?
Yes. Absolutely. I hope more runners sign up next year.
a 5k, mountain race, another 5k, a team 3.5 mile race and then
Happy Running! How was your weekend? Any running or racing? Do you add on miles to a race to make it a long run? Please share.
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