The morning started off with questionable weather. When I awoke at 6am this morning, it was down pouring rain. I wasn’t keen on running a race in the rain, but I told myself that I would run as long as it wasn’t pouring at race time.
By 8am, the rain had stopped with the exception of some light misting. I got ready for the race and stepped outside. It was perfect running weather. The temp was 43 degrees with a light breeze and mist.
I didn’t realize until I got to the race location just how big this race is. With 1400 participants, it was harder to find parking that I anticipated and was running a few minutes behind because I still had to use the restrooms before starting.
Luckily, the restrooms behind the school had a MUCH shorter line and I was able to get the bathroom business done quickly. I was pinning on my bib as they started the National Anthem. Soon, I realized I didn’t need to hurry, since it took more than ten minutes to get everyone through the start line.
Just as I was finding a spot near the back of the crowd, I was spotted by my running group, so I was able to run almost the entire race with one of them, which always makes any run more pleasant.
The race itself was pretty uneventful because it felt like everything went so smoothly. It was an out and back course, with just a tiny incline before the end of mile 1. The road was in rough shape, so one had to watch for potholes and cracks, but that always makes me focus less on any pain I might be feeling or mental obstacles I’m trying to work through.
Volunteers were handing out water at the turnaround. I walked through the water station and did one other short walk break after mile 2, but otherwise I ran the whole thing. It doesn’t seem like much to be happy I made it through a 5k, but with how much I’ve struggled this year, this is actually a big accomplishment for me.
My official finishing time was 34:51. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of the door prizes, nor did I go to the after-party.
After the race, I ended up going home and doing a Body Revolution workout, then went to buy myself some new running shoes. I figure three good runs in a row deserves new shoes, right? Hopefully the Brooks Glycerins work better for my feet than the Asics GT-2160s have been lately!