Even though I have been sidelined with an IT band injury, this 5K was going to be my big race. I prefer to race longer distances, since a 5K just means fast and hard. There is no watching the Garmin, figuring out splits, working out pacing. You just run as fast as you can until you cross the finish line. And that is exactly what I did.
I met up with a couple of my friends before the race began and it was a lot of fun to have some familiar faces in the crowd. I think the race was about 300 people. It would have been nice if there had been more runners because about half way in I felt like I wasn't really running "with" anyone. It was a very nice turnout for the inaugural running of the race, however. The best thing about the course and the crowd was that my family was able to situate themselves right next to the finish line so I saw them three times as I ran!
|Iris and I before the race. Taken by Eloise.|
I spent the whole race just waiting for the pain in my knee to rear its ugly head, but amazingly, it never did. Maybe my knee is a fan of speedy short races? Who knows.
|Making the first pass past my family. Photo taken by Eloise.|
|Heading back south again, about a half of a mile in. |
Check out the form of the guy in front of me. I should have been taking notes!
Photo by Eloise.
|Photo from the race. The finish line was right around that corner.|
There was yummy food and drinks at the finish line. As I was grabbing a few snacks a man came up to me and said I had done a nice job. I thanked him and he mentioned that I had been his pacer for the last little bit and that this was his first ever race. I congratulated him on the amazing effort, my first 5K was run at about ten minutes slower than my time that day! He said one year ago he weighed 308 pounds and had been working on his fitness. My jaw dropped. He was a bit shorter than me (I am 6') and looked fit, I would guess he lost over 100 pounds. In a year. Amazing. I felt so honored that he came to chat with me, and I remembered all of the people in races who I paced myself behind and how grateful I was to be able to follow their effort.
All in all a really wonderful race. I hope to race again next year, when I move up an age category. I would have taken first in my division if I was a year older, haha!