Monday, November 22, 2010

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Well, maybe not wins the race but it does get you 71st place in your age group! I didn't get last place! I finished within the top 77% of my age group. Okay, so there were only 92 people in the 30-34 age group. So what? I finished the race! It was cold. And rainy. And I faced a strong head wind all of mile 5 which was really difficult. And who designs a course that includes a run UP a foot bridge with one mile left? Morons, thats who. My legs never really warmed up which meant tense, stiff steps but I ran the entire time. I planned to really speed up at the 6 mile mark and sprint those last .2 miles but hahahahhahahaha that didn't happen. My legs were frozen and sore and I really did think I was running faster but I wasn't. I was tracking my splits and in the blur that was the race, didn't think I was improving. Upon further inspection later that day (after Taco Bell and a nap) I realized I got faster as the race moved along. Mile 1: 11:47 Mile 2: 11:28 Mile 3: 11:19 Mile 4: 11:12 Mile 5: 10:50 Mile 6: 10:49 .2: 2:48 Total: 1:10.15 Just for fun, I'd like to point out that a 72 year old man beat me by 6 minutes. I only beat a 76 year old man by 6 minutes. A 69 year old woman beat me by 5 minutes. A man my parents have known for many years completed the 5K in 22:48 (start time 8:20) and then waltzed over to the 10K start (start time 9:00) and ran the 10K in 49:21. He is 64 years old. Stud.....or robot. My awesome sister pushed her youngest daughter in the baby jogger during the 5K and got 4th in her age group (15th overall out of 69)with a time of 27:48. She rocks. My 5 year old niece ran in the kids 1/2 mile race and looked positively estatic to be running. Sure she did. The sun came out for her race.

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