Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I ran the Scottish Rite Freemasons 5K Run on Saturday July 23. I'm going to try to run this race every year because it was the first race I ran last year after I starting running last January. It is a small race with less than 150 runners, but it is well organized. Last year I finished third in my age group (40-49). Because it is a small race, trophies are awarded to the top two finishers in each age group. My goal going into the race was a top two finish.
For the participant's running enjoyment, the weather was not as hot and humid as forecasted. It ended up being 80F with moderate humidity. I started near the front of the pack. I only did this because the race was small. I hate when people start at the front and start walking 1/4 mile into the race causing a traffic jam behind them as people zig and zag to pass them.
I got off to a fast start (for me) and ran the first half mile at a 7:42 mile pace. The first three quarters of a mile are up hill, so I was really happy with my pace. I kept up the pace for the rest of the hill and then increased my speed in the half mile downhill section. The balance of the race was mostly flat with some small hills.
I ended up officially finishing in 23:45 (7:39 pace). I was thrilled when I looked at the results and found only one person in my age group ahead of me. Yes, 2nd place and I beat my last years time by two minutes!
I won't win many trophy's....there are numerous very fast runners in my age group and beyond, but I will take them when I can get them. I just hope the fast runners continue to say away from this race :)
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