My friend and I planned to do the Love Run 5K since earlier this summer. This was one of the 5K races that I had on my radar and running it would complete my goal of doing a 5K race each month this summer! I did Relay for Life 5K in June and the 4th of July 5K in July so it would be only natural that I run this one in August. EXCEPT.....this race did not start till 9 am!!! In AUGUST! By this time I've been pretty consistent with getting my runs in early and even at 8 am it's so stinkin hot. I just didn't think there was any way I wanted to put myself through this race. Another downfall was that I knew it was all a trail run which would definitely impeded my time. So for about a week and a half before, I told my friend I wasn't going to run but I'll come spectate.
Well, Saturday morning came and I was up and out the door by 7:30 am (for my 2 minute drive to the park). I was having knee pain the day before so I thought I would go do a lap around the park to see how I felt. I felt great. They had race day registration right there, so I decided to sign up. Because I did same day registration I did not receive a race shirt, but that's okay.
The race took place at Island Park where I often run and walk Baylee, except the race course was not actually in the park at all. It was an ALL cross country terrain course and went all through the woods. It was a mix of dirt path and grassy area. I go to this park all the time so I should have been practicing running this route, but I didn't.
As in any local race around here, it is flooded with students from the cross country and track teams. These kiddos go out SO fast and I have to remind myself that they are not setting the pace. I need to run my own race! I did go out a bit too fast in the first mile. My breathing was WAY off and I sounded like one of those little dogs with the pushed in faces that has breathing problems...lol. It seemed I was the only one wearing headphones so I felt bad for the runners around me who had to listen to me breath!
I shortly settled into a comfortable pace. I ran the entire time with the exception of a couple steps at the half way point (because running through grass is hard).
By the way, as I was approaching the third mile (that went by the finish line) I saw the first runner come in. He was a high school kid and his time was 19 something!
As I crossed the finish line myself, wouldn't you know that I forgot to stop my Garmin! Uggh I hate when that happens. I didn't even realize it until I was walking back to my car. Therefore I don't have my official Garmin stats but I did win second place in my age group! So at that point, my time really didn't matter. I was just excited to have placed!
This was my first time placing in any race and I have to say I was glad that they gave out medals instead of a trinket or gift certificate. For a local race, the medals are pretty nice. They are even engraved on the back. Overall I was really impressed with the organization of this race and they actually had some of the best post race goodies. They had bagels, Nutrigrain bars, bananas. grapes, oranges, baked goods, etc, etc. I had a small bag of grapes and that was it. When I got home Scott had french toast waiting for me but as usually after a race I can't think of eating too much. I ate it later that evening.
This weekend is the Color Run at the same park. I'm not sure if it will be the same course as this race or not. I wasn't planning on running it but I will definitely go to spectate. Who knows, I might end up registering last minute like I did at this race! -M