Were you wondering if I ran my 5k on May 17? You were? Well, I did.
No pictures from the start, but there were lots of people! I think more than the last time. I'm thinking this because lots of people passed me.
The day was a little on the cold side and quite windy. But I decided to start without the sweatshirt, since I would have to discard it half-way through anyway. The race was on a Rails To Trails path, so it was pretty flat and definitely straight. No getting lost in the woods. Not that I've ever done that, but still. When I was getting closer to the turn-around point, I could see just how many people were in front.
I was pretty proud of myself for not walking at all, though I was tempted. I did pass a couple of people who had started walking. And then they would get a burst of energy and run again and pass me. This happened near the end when this girl (in the dark purple shirt) passed me. The nerve! I tried to kick it in hard, but I think she heard me breathing down her back so she ran faster, too. Oh, well.
As you can see from the picture, my time was 32 minutes and 24 seconds. About a minute slower than last October. But not bad for only training for three weeks prior. I had tried to hydrate myself well that morning and I did too good of a job. During the race, I thought about a side trek into the woods, but decided to just make a run for the porta-potty at the finish line. Good thing there was no line!
And here I am enjoying the fruits of my labor - an orange. No medal this time. The ladies in this race beat me by four minutes or so.
Incidentally, I haven't been out running since. I guess I really do need the motivation of a race to get out there and pound the pavement. I'm looking to do a couple more this summer. Anyone know of any in the area? Preferably one that will give me another cool t-shirt!