Wow, it’s been 2 years since I wrote a race blog! Going to try to get back into it. I have missed writing about my race adventures!
I wasn’t going to do a race this day because I’m on call for work. I realized the race was only 5 minutes from my work so I could be nearby if I did get a call. A few days before the race, they sent an email stating the race had moved from northeast Columbia to Hopkins. That’s quite a bit farther from work but thought I would take the chance since Saturday mornings are usually pretty quiet.
There were 4 races for the Columbia Running Club on this day. I was hoping that would split everyone up. Doing a little math, faster people could work out doing 2 or 3 of the races. Double Dip or even Triple Dip! I was happy with just doing one.
The 10K was set to start and the 5K at 8:15. The 5K is 2 loops and the 10K is 4 loops. I got to the Garner’s Ferry Sports Complex at 7:15 and only saw a few people. I figured it was early and more would show up soon. I got my bib and packet. The packet had a few little goodies in it and a pretty pink T-shirt. That was nice. After that, I ran over to use the restroom and, on the way back out, I started spotting some familiar faces with some CRC and RWB shirts in the mix.
I saw Stephanie Dukes, Steve Greer, Tawanna Dennis, Ron & Helene Lipe, Ed Aufuldish, Ivery Baldwin, Lynn Grimes, Roy Shelley and I know I’m missing people.
As mentioned earlier, the 10K was supposed to start at 8:00 and the 5K at 8:15. They tell everyone to line up as we would be starting in 2 minutes. A few people ran over to the announcer asking about it and they said yes, everyone was starting together. At that point, I was thinking that I hoped no one was trying to cut it close!
This course is mostly grass with some asphalt and cement mixed in. It was the same location as the Santa run that I had done in December. We start out and I knew there was going to be a lot of walking since I still have not gotten going too much into training again. I’m getting there slowly. The first part of the race is running through the grass. Thankfully it was cut unlike in December. There were also fewer ant hills. You wouldn’t think those could be a problem, but the big ones are pretty easy to trip over. As we were running toward the back of the field, I noticed they had us turn quite a bit sooner than expected. We should have run to the back of the field. I had only glanced at the course so I figured they made it up somewhere else and kept running.
Running back up to the front of the recreation area is an adventure. You have to run along a fence line that drops off at a pretty steep angle. It is very difficult to run, and we had to do it twice. As I got out of the grass onto the asphalt, I heard a guy say he started 6 minutes late because he had just gotten there….and he was already ahead of me!!
As I circled around the cement area and then down the dirt to head back into the parking lot, I looked at my watch and it had not even registered 1 mile. At this point, I was almost back to the start-finish line which was also the halfway point of the race. Wow, this course is way short! As I ran across the line, my watch showed 1.2 miles. Yeah, that was interesting! On a good note, my 1st-mile pace was 13:01. I haven’t had a mile pace under 13 in quite a while (besides last week when the mile was pretty much all downhill)!
As I was looping back around the grass area, some of the 10Kers ran by commenting on the distance. I knew that was going to be a big conversation topic after we were done! Mentally now, my brain was fighting me that it wasn’t really a 5K so there was no reason to keep running. No, everyone else is running the same distance so it doesn’t matter if it was short! Our brains work in crazy ways sometimes!
The rest of the loop was pretty uneventful. I continued my run-walk as I felt it. I haven’t used a run-walk timer since I switched to my Apple Watch from the Garmin. I think I may want to get back to that to try to lengthen my running times. The running I did do felt pretty good except for the shoes I have – I do not like them at all. And the grass, definitely the grass.
As expected, the distance on my watch was 2.4 as I crossed the finish line. Wooohooo a 31:47-minute 5K!! Ok, ok, adding in the extra distance, I would have been right around 40 minutes which has been my average time recently.
We had to wait for the 10K to finish up before they did awards and as expected, the distance was definitely the topic of conversation! All in all, it was a nice day and the volunteers and race director did a great job.
I am putting the links below to the results, so I do not miss anyone! I won my age division…. I was the only one in it…but I was there, and I got it done. That is what matters.
Roy and some others were nowhere to be found for awards, rumor is that they were racing off to the next 5K!
Link to Race 5K results: https://mothersday5k10kand1milewalk.itsyourrace.com/Results.aspx?id=14398
Link to Race 10K results: