Wednesday, May 08, 2013
So it has taken me a while to post this but I had my first 5k in 3 years last week. Woke up to a cold rain. It is May in NC… I mean really 55 and rain? So unlike us for May, but anyways. I was already having a moment since my first 5k my guy ran with me every step of the way. Even though he probably could have tore away from me and won his age division. He stayed with me every step coaching and pushing me through it. So I was nervous to do one without him. So race day comes. Due to the rain I think many people stayed home and it was chaos at the meet point. Everyone was just trying to find some type of shelter to stand under. Eventually the called all 5k participants over to the side of the street. Now I'm not expert at these but there wasn't a start line. You had no clue if you were standing on it, if you had already passed it and your tracker was running, or if it was 5 feet down the road. All of a sudden an air horn goes off and people start taking off. I stood there for a bit trying to let the crowd go but eventually got pushed on into the race into a horrible bottle neck. Of course I hit my running app on my phone so I could track my progress. So I'm running first mile goes off. Great pace for me I'm excited with that but thinking hmmmm….. I thought there was water at that first mile mark, but then eventually the water station came up. Kept going mile 2, slowed my pace a bit, but still really good for me. Then mile 3 including this HORRIBLE hill, but as the 3 mile time went off in my head. I thought wow, I'm doing really good, but man that finish line seems really far to only be .1 miles away. So I finish the race, I saw the timer and thought I was going to pass out. How the heck did it take me 3 mins to run .1 miles? Especially since I sprinted part of the finish. So I quickly grabbed a bottle of water and grabbed my arm bad. Oh no friends we didn't do 3.1 we did 3.38. Now don't get me wrong I don't mind the extra distance but boy was I irritated when they posted the times. Not only did they have this time listed for a 5k which is wasn't, there is no way they were using the timers. Unless I was literally standing on the line when the race started there is no way my time would have been the exact number showing on the board which is what they posted on the results site. This happened to several other people that were in the crowd in varying places. I even checked with others using different running aps on their phones and we all came in with same distances of around 3.38. But the good news is that I went back and checked my run and I only came in about a 1:30 over my original 5k time for the correct distance which was my personal best even out of runs at the gym. So needless to say I learned alot.
I will probably never do another race with the company that hosted it and always wear your own tracking device so that you can be accountable for mileage and time. I would have been very disappointed if the time they posted was my real 5k time that day. Oh and that the running bug has totally bitten me again. Next 5k is in June a color run. So excited and the best part is, fingers crossed he will be home to run it with me :)