I ran this race last year and it was my fastest 5k at the time. I have since gotten faster so I was excited to have a good race. PR? Maybe?
I remember the course being shady & flat with music and timing clocks along the course. It was also predicted to be the first dry day in over a week. YAY!
The race was scheduled to begin at 10:30 but I headed up to Saratoga early to avoid the crowds. It was sunny when I left but it turned cloudy with a slight breeze and temps in the 60’s. My boss Chris was supposed to be there but I didn’t see him but I did bump into Dede, a professor that I work with (She was supposed to race Thurs but didn’t).
I was a little chilly but opted to leave my jacket behind and run with just my tanktop. (I was glad I did since it was very humid.)
There were over 700 runners at the race. I started near the front. The problem with trying to PR is that I knew I had to run faster than 8:51/mi. I started fast but couldn’t keep it up. Then when you know you can’t PR, you get depressed.
The course was a fun one. There were local bands playing all throughtout the park. There were electronic timers at each mile and 3 water stops (I drank at all 3!).
Although I was running faster than usual, everyone was passing me by including Dede who finished in 23 min. (Who knew she was a runner?) I crossed the finish line at 27:48!!
mile 1 – 8:46
mile 2 – 9:22
mile 3 – 9:04
.1 – 7:15
Not a PR but a good race. I am very happy with it. Last year I ran this course in 29:12 and I thought that was awesome.
They had bars, bananas and donuts (I ate 2!) but most of the good stuff (cupcakes, ice cream, pizza) cost money & I didn’t bring any.
They had the same photo booth as last year and I took some ugly pics of myself.
I stuck around the the awards ceremony. Unfortunately, the awards were given for 10 year age groups not 5. I came in 6th for 50-59 but 1st for 55-59.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing and I then added another (slooow) run of 2.9 miles before a belated birthday celebration with my BF- Blue Spice, Thai for dinner and then a movie – Water for Elephants.