4th time here and 4th year in a row. Always a week after a marathon. I registered back in July so with early pricing it was $25 with shirt and chip timed. It bugs me a little that they have continued to make the 5K race for competitive runners only. If you can't go sub 30 minutes, then you can do the untimed fun run. I know I can be under 30, but I like having all the walkers show up in the results, making my finish spot look better.
Recovery week was OK. Got in a good hill workout on Thursday as I am focusing on training for the Mountain Marathon in March. Yesterday I should have rested, but I had the opportunity to get out for 4 easy miles and I am afraid that I will need early in the month miles to reach my goal for December. So today I feel a little weary. Last year I ran a slowish 23:54 and I think that I should be able to beat that today. Warm up for 2 miles and I feel ready to go.
Cold but dry. I will wear a beanie hat and after warm up I put on a pair of gloves. Not sure I need them but I will end up wearing them the whole way. Two long sleeve T-shirts. Fun atmosphere, with lots of costumes and people of all ages. One of my CCM Pacers is here, Rob. I tell him that he has to beat me to keep his 3:30 pace job. That will be no problem as he will crush it coming in 8th overall at a 6:10 pace! Barb is here and worried that she won't make the 30 minute cut off, just getting back after injury.
Start - I start about a third of the way back. Takes a few seconds to get over the mat. But it is less crowded than past years and we can run our own paces right away. Just a little tight, but not bad. I head out at a too fast pace, but taking advantage of the pavement before the uneven grass trail.
Mile 1 - 7:30 - but now the uphill and then uneven dirt part, with a little mud. Lost of people to run near or with, or to go back and forth with.
Mile 1.55 - Through the finish chute and start the second lap. But I am at 12 minutes and I really doubt I can run the second half faster than the first. This will be my slowest time here yet. Nothing hurts and I am pushing myself hard, but the speed is not quite there. Get going faster, but then there is the trail.
Mile 2.5 - Up the hill again and I am getting passed a lot. And I thought I was strengthening my hill game. Now I am sure I will not beat last years time. I keep going hard and get a little faster once I am back on the pavement. Work really hard to pass one guy on the last stretch. Then it is over.
Mile 3.1 - 3.11 on the GPS. Walk back to watch the finishers. It gets thin after 27 minutes, and when they do come in, I cheer them on. One small girl will be so close, I scream at her to speed up and she finishes at 30:00 on the clock. Oh, here comes Barb at 31 something and they are still recording times. I am glad that they were not so strict on that.
Half mile cool down jog. Check results on the laptops. Get snacks. Rachael Petersen sighting. Back home by mid morning. Glad I ran, will probably do it again and trying to not be so disappointed with a slightly slower race than expected.
58th of 133
Race#404, 5K#107, SMJB#4