Watermelon 5K Race Report
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Probably will have pictures later today, but let me just tell you. As expected, it was pretty hot and humid. I'm guessing 75 degrees at the start and rising with 95% humidity. That's what it felt like anyway. The course is one I run often, pretty flat, around a lake, and most of it is a nice smooth asphalt surface. I decided to wear my regular glasses (progressive lens) rather than my sports glasses (single vision) since fogging up is not an issue with the ones I wear regularly and I feel pretty confident of my footing on this course.
Last evening I was feeling far more nervous about this run than I thought I should. I decided not to wear my Garmin in order to reduce the pressure and just run. I wore a new tank top outfit I like and they match my current running shoes pretty well. Feeling comfortable and like I look pretty good always helps my confidence. Decided to listen to my MP3 player, too, as that sometimes helps me to concentrate on something positive.
It was just getting daylight when I parked half a mile away at the golf club. I used the restroom there before heading down to the lake. I was surprised to see hundreds of people coming toward me. The portapotties that had been ordered did not arrive, so people were scrambling looking for facilities. There was even some talk about delaying the race a few minutes to accommodate everyone, but the race director said it looked like everyone was back, so the air horn went off very close to the scheduled 7am start.
I had lined up behind the 9 minute per mile group. Before that I had found my niece and said hi to a dozen people I know. There were over 1000 people registered for this race, the largest number ever. When I first ran it in 2011, there were just 600 people. It was the 19th year for this particular race and some people could remember when there were only 75 competitors. 62% of the registrants were women today. Running is definitely becoming more popular in our community and I just think that is great!!
After the air horn I had to walk quite a ways in the crowd before crossing the black timing mats. It was fun to see so many kids running. People of all ages and sizes, some wearing tutus, short sleeves, long sleeves, no sleeves, shirtless (males, thank heavens) and wearing every color of the rainbow. I wasn't crazy about the jogging stroller that obstructed but that only lasted a moment.
I told myself it was a blessing to be 65 years old and able to enjoy a run! Most of the time I felt pretty good during the race. I slowed down for some water at about the half way point. Near mile 2 I took a short walk break but found I lost ground and didn't think it helped much, so ran straight the rest of the way.
Finished in 29:41 gun time. I'll find out my chip time online by tomorrow. It could be a minute faster. I came in second in my age group. Just need to do it 3 more times now to win a medal for this 5K series. I'm planning on it!!
EDIT: Yes, the watermelon at the finish line was sweet, dripping juice, and just delicious!!!