My second time here. My 75th 5K. Two loops around Capitol Lake plus a little more to make it an accurate distance. $25 including a long sleeve shirt is a reasonable price. Still getting my speed back. Killer workout on Tuesday and I can feel a little soreness in my quads. Goal is to beat my time from the Friendship Run of two weeks ago (23:12) and hopefully get in under 23:00.
Weather is amazing. Mostly sunny and cool to start. Nice to run a 1.5 mile warm up loop with Tammy and Amy. Now some sprints to get ready to race.
Start - Race starts on time and I have positioned myself well, allowing the fast guys to be in front. Bill and Wade go off faster than I would like. Amy is already a speck in the distance. I feel like I am running fast enough (I am on a good pace) and will stick with it.
Mile 1 - 7:20. Bill continues to extend his lead. It is all I can do to hold my pace.
Mile 2 - Pass two runners. Slowing a little and I am not sure if it is my legs or my breathing that is the limiting factor today. Feet feel really good though and I am happy to be here.
Mile 3 - I hear a runner thundering up behind me and he passes me on to a strong finish. Not one of the two I had passed earlier. Now I just try to hold on and finish strong.
Mile 3.1 (3.08 on the GPS) - Done. Under my time goal. Slower than last year, but right about where I expected to be. Cool down loop with Amy gets me 6 miles for the morning.
I get a ribbon and a Cliff Bar for earning 3rd place in my age group. At the raffles I win an assortment of Gatorade products. The bag is heavy and has about $20 worth of drinks, gels, powders and such. It was nice to be out in the sun, warming up, with the other runners, having the satisfaction of a good workout done. Amy does a crazy dance to win a prize. I do not care for this Capitol Lake course, I have done it too many times, but they do such a nice job with this race that I will look forward to running it again.
12th of 167 runners and walkers
3rd of 9 in age group