Up until this year, I hadn't raced an open 5K since November of 2010. Now this was my second one this year. They had a pretty good crowd, as there were over 360 people signed up. The weather was threatening to be really crappy: 35 and raining. Luckily the rain was over before the relatively late (9 am) start time.
|The Crew before the Race|
|Lime Green Race Belt. Expect Nothing Less.|
The course was simple enough. Out around the school and then out and back the new bypass road (that has yet to open). The only down side was that the start for 300+ was on a one lane road with a 90 degree turn about 20 yards in. Not designed by a runner, I can tell you that. But what do you want for a middle school fundraiser?
|Went out on the left of the loop and finished on the right|
|Kids Sprint at the Start|
I hit the first mile in 5:57 and didn't feel too bad. Then we started the long slow climb. I worked my way away from the chase group on the way up to the turnaround. I was very very slowly chipping away at the old guy's lead. I wasn't catching him as fast as I had hoped and he was still 10 yards ahead of me at the turnaround.
Once we made the 180 turn and started heading back, it was obviously downhill for a while. The hill definitely took something out of him. I hit the second (mostly uphill) mile in 5:59 so I felt good about that. I closed the last 10 yards on him pretty quickly. When I came up beside him, I threw a little surge in to try and gap him right away. He didn't have the leg speed to keep with me as we came back down the hill. I didn't feet great on that last uphill, but had plenty in the tank to crank the last 1/4 mile or so. I gave a couple of look backs on the last couple of turns, but he wasn't gaining. I just pushed for the finish and came away with another win.
|Big Finish. Almost caught the lead bike.|
|Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!|
Garmin had the course a little short at 3.03 miles. That pace however would equate to an 18:12 for a full 5K, so I was pretty happy with that. My official time was announced as 17:51 as they used 'gun time' instead of 'chip time'. The spoils of the win were a free massage, $10 at Omega Sports and $50 at the Fish Market restaurant. Not bad for a race that cost $16.82 to sign up for.
|If you can't say something nice . . .|