Lessons Learned From the Back of the Pack @ The Pemberville Pumpkin 5K
Saturday, October 30, 2010
This fall I have been signing up for 5k races as motivation to train more. The Pemberville Pumpkin 5K is a race sponsored by a local Boy Scout troop. There are no mile markers and times are not announced throughout the race, I forgot my watch. There was a water stop. We had 2 barefoot runners in our number. At the beginning of the race we were told that the course had changed but not to worry, unless you are the front runner you can just follow the guy in front of you.
It was warm and very windy. And I was strugglingto avoid walking.
When you are at the back of the pack it turns that you can lose the guy in front of you.....and when the police who are holding traffic aren't sure of the route you can make a wrong turn, start to wonder where the folks in front of you went and 1/2 way down the wrong block notice runners running to the finish (2 straw bales in front of the firehouse) coming on the street perpendicular to the one you are on. Not a good feeling.
Don't forget your watch
Get the scoop on the changes to the course
Look up so you don't lose the guy ahead of you
Bring a buddy
4 days later I ran 3.77 miles on a cool windy day with my dear dog in a reasonable time
( for me 12 min miles is reasonable), no struggling - Go figure