Every year our local area puts on a 5k race in celebration of the Harvest Festival. None of my family ran it last year, but my dad and sister ran it in 2013 and I ran it in 2012 and then another time a few years back. The last time I ran it I placed first in my age group. I run a lot more now than I did back then so I was hoping to place again!
We had a beautiful day for the race. The best I can remember in recent years. The race did not start till 9:30 am and it was already starting to get hot. This was a chip timed race, however there was not a timing mat to step on as you started the race, there was only the finish line timing mat. So I guess those that started near the back had the same start time as those in the front. That isn't really fair but I guess since it is only a 5K it's not like anyone needed this as an official time to qualify for another race!
Right from the start, I felt short of breath and just didn't feel right. Knowing that I won first in my age group before, I wanted to meet my goal again. Since it was a local race, I knew a lot of people there and I felt that added pressure to make sure I did well. The first mile I didn't feel like I was going that fast since my breathing was off. I looked at my Garmin and it read 6:47. What??? I have to slow down. No wonder I didn't feel right. I knew I had to hold my pace back the following miles. When I did that, I started to feel a little better. Even though I finished strong, I wasn't feeling very confident with my time this year, like I had in the past.
I met my mom, Scott, and Baylee at the finish line and waited for my sister and dad to cross. After they crossed we had to walk across a parking lot back to the lawn of the registration building to get water and snacks. It wasn't a far walk, but it would have been nice to have the water given out somewhere right past the finish line, especially since it was such a hot day. The race was pretty organized and right away they had our names, times, and places up on a board to view. I saw that I placed 2nd in my age group, which I was still happy with. My dad said that he placed 4th, and of course awards were only for the first three in each age group.
We stayed for the awards ceremony and we were surprised as well as my dad was to hear his name being called for 3rd place. Silly guy can't read the results right. He says, "well I'm glad I stuck around." I was also fortunate enough to win one of the door prizes, free admission to one of the corn mazes! Later that afternoon I went back downtown to visit friends and watch the annual parade.
What a beautiful weekend. Next up, is a 5k through the Vineyards next weekend. I will be looking forward to that.
Do you like running local/small races? -L