Monday, April 30, 2012
I completed the 5K in just under 42 minutes (41:46.8). It was great weather for a race; a little cold, but fine once the race started. It was sunny, the course was very nice (albeit hilly), and the event was very well organized. Not surprisingly, the head of the event is dealing with Alzheimer's in her family. This was the third year they did this. The atmosphere was festive.
I finished next to last in the race. I was actually very pleased with my time. I hesitate to say that I "ran" the race because it was more walking than running. I had previously done some 5Ks on the treadmill, generally taking about 50 minutes to complete. I was afraid that in the real world, with hills (not sure how the treadmill inclines translate into real life hills) and no support from the treadmill or timers or readouts, that my time would be slower. I had also done some 5Ks on another course near home that is extremely flat, and my time on those was about 50 minutes, maybe even a little longer. But it all worked out well. My time was faster than I expected.
In spite of this, I finished next to last. However, I don't care (seriously). I received praise and congrats for finishing the race. Nobody commented about where I placed. Of interest, I had checked results from some other 5Ks in the area both this year and last year. In most of them I would have placed higher relative to the rest of the crowd. But it doesn't matter. My time is my time, and I will strive to improve it. It had been a personal goal to finish a 5K before my birthday in July, and I did it!!!
Don't know when I will do this again. I think I would like to try another 5K before the weather gets too hot. I won't be signing up for any in July or August!!! We'll see; there are certainly plenty to chose from.
Unfortunately I was there solo (sans family, also), so I do not have pictures. However, I do have great memories, and I am also grateful for the support that I have on this site.