Sunday, March 13, 2011
Honestly, I was asked for more information about my race, so here it is:
It was 41 degrees when I woke up at 6am. I ate a big bowl of oatmeal because I didn't think I could run without food and without some time for it to sit on my stomach. By the time the race started at 8:30am it must have been 60 degrees, I didn't even feel like I needed a jacket. And I felt energetic and appropriately nourished. They wanted us to wear the Polk Senior Game Tee Shirts, so I changed, although a lot of runners wore other things.
Most of the run felt really good, but it didn't start out that way. The first quarter mile I went too fast. The pack was really moving. Runners were told we were allowed to walk, but everyone had to start running. Well, I had hoped not to walk any, but I ended up taking 3 walking steps right at the end of the first quarter mile. I even thought about dropping out right then because I was winded. After 3 walking steps I had my breath, settled on a stride, and the rest of the run was honestly comfortable. My shoulder did not bother me at all. It really was fine, even though the day before it hadn't been. My lower back is still bothering me if I pick up something heavy -- even my 15 pounds 5 month old granddaughter makes it hurt - but during the run it didn't hurt.
There were volunteers every 25 feet or so throughout the race. They clapped and encouraged all the runners. They marked the speed bumps in the park so we wouldn't trip and had water stations. I got water at the 2 mile marker. Police managed the traffic in the only busy spot, here a lane was set off by cones for the runners. I was worried because it looked like we were running downhill to the lake and the return trip would be uphill. I should not have worried. It didn't seem very uphill. My first mile split was 11 minutes even. Second mile mark was 21 min and I think 10 seconds, so a little faster. They didn't give us a third mile split, but my 3.1 mile time was 31.17, so perhaps just a little faster. Actually, I easily could have finished ten or twenty seconds faster if I'd pushed at the end, but there was a person right in front of me and I was feeling more happy than competitive.
Thanks for asking. I would like to run another 5K pretty soon I think, before it gets too hot. Guess I need to decide how serious I want to get about running. I suspect my current training of one day a week will sustain my current fitness level, but if I want to improve I probably need to do more.