I ran this race last year because 2 ladies whom I met at a previous race raved about it.
I enjoyed it so I signed up again.
Back to last year. This race came when I was running fast like finishing a 5k in 27:xx. So I finished this race in 27:47 and won 1st in my age group.
This year, it’s a different story. I am slower. Maybe it’s my age or my training. Who knows? I walk during my 5ks and my goal is to finish under 30 minutes. If I am very lucky and it’s a flat course, I can finish under 29 minutes.
But as I commented recently, I am running. I am not injured. All is good.
On a weekend where there was good number of local races, I chose to drive 45 minutes to run this race.
According to the website, it is a looped, flat course. Even though I ran it last year, I don’t remember much about the course.
Apparently we quickly switched from summer to fall in a few days.
It was chilly and windy. But at least we didn’t get the hurricane.
I was the crazy person who refuses to wear capris or tights before Thanksgiving.
I picked up my race packet and was surprised that they had chips for your shoe. I almost forgot to get one. It’s been awhile since I have had to use one.
I bumped into the 2 older ladies that I see at most races that I run. (They are now in the 65-69 AG). We chatted for awhile before the race. I also met some older gentlemen who were very talkative.
Finally I spotted Sue who had recommended this race. (Her Connecticut friend Ilsa couldn’t come.) We started together and she’s my competition (but she hasn’t been racing much.)
I should say that I was very cold. My neck, my hands… my whole body. I couldn’t wait to get started. I shoudl have started closer to the front since this race was using chips but I was talking instead of paying attention.
Unfortunately, the first mile was running into the wind…I felt like I was barely moving forward at times. It was a battle and I think the wind won. My first mile which is my fastest was not great.
The rest of the race was run around the neighborhood with quite a few turns.
I was so cold that I didn’t want to stop at any of the water stops.
I just wanted to be done.
I actually didn’t feel the need to stop. I was not tired or out of breath as usual. I was just not giving it everything I had.
I think that I was nervous about getting hurt before my half marathon that is in one week. I didn’t want to ruin what for 12 weeks I had trained for.
So heading to the finish line, we were so lucky to be running into that wind again! UGH!
When I saw the clock, I wasn’t surprised that I wasn’t close to a PR but I did want to finish under 28 minutes.
But I had nothing left and finished at 28:01.
Though it wasn’t the time that I had run this course last year (27:47) but it was faster than I’ve run a 5k in months.
I was happy and glad to get inside out of the cold.
Inside there was pizza, bagels, fruit, etc. I ate and waited with my friends for the awards. I won 1st last year but if you look below, you’ll see that there was a very fast runner who is now in my age group and wasn’t last year- DARN!
I didn’t win any raffle prizes but I did win 2nd.
Since they gave the awards starting with us “older” runners, I was able to head out to continue my running.
As always, I enjoyed my race and plan to run this one again next year.
mile 1 – 9:02
mile 2 – 9:09
mile 3 – 9:00
.14 – 7:29
8 miles was on the schedule. So I stopped on the way home to add 5 more.
This time I decided to run on the Mohawk Towpath Byway.
I was still cold so I added a tee shirt over my long sleeved shirt.
I was definitely tired. This always happens when I run a race for my first few miles.
But I just walked and ran and got the miles in.
I wasn’t paying attention and ran too far.
So I ended up with 6 more sloooow miles.
And my last long run is done!! YAY!
I’m linking this one up with Jessica at The Silvah Lining–she hosts a Race Recap linkup every Tuesday. Please head over and linkup a race recap you’ve written, new or old. And check out some of the other posts!