This was my 3rd year running in this race so I knew where the race was and that it was a flat course. I was pretty excited since I usually run alone but this race I was meeting 2 women — one who I met at my last race and one who I’ve only met online – both started running in their 50’s so we have a connection!!!
It had rained all night and when I left my house it was very HUMID. I was surprised that at 6:45 am it was already 72 degrees – Oh No!!
This 5k coincides with the opening of the Saratoga Racetrack which draws people from all over the world. I got there early enough to find parking. Last year there were about 1200 people but this year only 800 or so…the weather??
I looked for AJH and luckily for cell phones, we found each other before the start.
AJH & I started near the front. Since the clock starts when the first runners leaves, I don’t like to hang back. Mary, however, headed toward the back.
I quickly lost AJH. I knew that I couldn’t keep her pace. My first mile, however, was faster than it should have been in this weather (under 9 min). I think I continued to get slower each mile, as a result. This is a flat course so I was hoping to PR. As I approached the finish line, I saw 29… and I was disappointed. I wished I had kept my mile 1 pace & didn’t walk at the water stop. My final time was 29:34. At least I was under 30 minutes and faster than last year 🙂
There was a lot of food at this race but I was too hot to eat much. I found AJH who had a SUPER race. (26 minutes os so) Her fastest 5k this year!! She is amazing!!!
We hung around for the awards. There were a lot of FAST runners at this race (esp. in our age group). AJH came in 6th and I came in 10th so no awards for us… I never found Mary but I spoke to her on the phone later. (She felt sick and was disappointed at her 31 minute time so left right away.)
AJH & I hung around for awhile watching the horses warm up and chatting about running.
She may even have convinced me to run a longer race some day… Hopefully, we will connect again for another race in NY or VT…(Check out her blog for her race report.)
Mary & I made plans to run together this Friday and she signed up to do the Fasig Tipton 5k with me on Aug. 7. She wants to do a 5k in under 30 min and I want to run a longer race..so I hope we can help each other.