You don’t need to remind me we’re still a couple weeks away from Labor Day, but I considered last night to be the kick-off for the fall racing season. Summer running is an exercise in survival, and I’m ready to move on. Daydreams of colorful foliage, cool breezes, and apple cider donuts…It’s what keeps me going. Let’s pretend we’re almost there.
I’ve had my eye on this race for a few months now, so Mr. Blondie was able to schedule appropriately in order to have the day off. It turned out to be a fun family night out for all of us. The race was held at a local country club, so there was a playground to keep Emily occupied while I was racing.
Meanwhile, I headed to the starting area. The race MC said there were about 1,000 runners as we were lining up. The race was old school (i.e. no chip timing) so I positioned myself as close to the starting line as I could.
Even at 7:30 pm, the temps were in the upper 80’s and the air was humid. The course was full of rolling hills, but that’s typical for Atlanta, so no surprises. There was one doozie at mile 2 which made me glad I wasn’t pushing the jogging stroller though.
You could say I was a little over-eager to be racing again. My spilt for the 1st mile was 6:16, then 6:50, and 6:56. Not exactly negative splits. A 6:16 mile is really fast for me, and I paid for it later.
I finished in 20:58. If nothing else, I’m consistent. I’ve been hovering around the 21 minute mark ever since I started running 5k’s as a kid. On one hand it’s a win that I haven’t slowed down, but it’s frustrating I haven’t made any gains after so many years of running.
At what point do you concede it's as good as it’s going to get?
Even if was only by a handful of seconds, this is still the best 5k I’ve run since before Emily was born. Considering the conditions, and the fact I’ve been primarily spinning and aqua jogging for the past month, I’m happy for even this meager gain. I can also thank the trigger point needling for keeping me cramp free.
I was the 10th finisher overall, 2nd female, and 1st in my age group. I was neck in neck with the 1st place female from the second mile on, but she out-kicked me in the last .1
I can only laugh about it. It was the same 10 year old girl who won that 6k race I did back in May. I thought I might have the advantage since I wasn’t running with the jogging stroller this time, but no such luck.
Yes, my local nemesis is now a girl who is 1/3 my age and weighs about as much as my left leg.
Now if that doesn’t make me feel geriatric…
The post race refreshments were rather unique. In addition to the standard bananas and granola bars at the finish line, there was a luau in the pool area for runners and their families. Margaritas (for those of age), roast pig, assorted tropical fruits… it was a pretty nice spread. A DJ was playing music and the pool was open for everyone to use. The $25 registration fee was a real deal.
Are you happy or sad to see summer go?