This past weekend I decided to test my 5k skillz and run the Cocoa Beano. Packet pick up was next to the sponsoring candy store, so I just had to pick up some chocolate creams while I was there. The cost for the run was 40 bucks!, but I signed up late and they give out fleece jackets instead of shirts. The first year they gave away a poo colored (chocolate colored?) fleece vest and hat. This year it was all black, so it looked pretty sleek until I stepped into my house and it attracted every dog hair in the vicinity.
The morning of the race was sunny but COLD, probably around 30 degrees. I wore long sleeves and a knit hat. I was super nervous again and told myself it would be my last race of the year and that I would never have to do another 5k ever. I ran for about 10 minutes to warm-up and then lined up near the starting line. It was chip timing but awards based on clock. The gun went off and I saw a 12 yr old that is in one my classes that I visit at the jr high take off super fast. I knew she would beat me because she has been running 12 minutes in her 2 mile cross country races. A few other ladies were ahead of me, but I just wanted to feel comfortable and steady as I ran. The course was basically an out and back so I liked that I could always see who was ahead of me. The clock at mile 1 read 6:15 and, based on my splits, I suspect that it was actually short of a mile. The two mile mark was just after the turnaround and I was feeling good, in fourth place until I passed another lady. The other two were too fast to catch so I just wanted to get as fast a time as possible. Pre race I decided to try for 21 minutes. After passing mile 2 at 13 minutes, I decided to try for sub 20. After 2.5 miles I suddenly felt fatigued. Just kind of drained overall. Once we neared the finish line I kicked it up a few notches again and saw the clock switch over to 20 minutes. I came in at 20:06 but it took me 3 seconds to cross the start line, so my time was 20:03. I had no idea, but apparently the next lady was only 3 seconds behind me. The first two finished around 19:30. Hopefully I can get back down to the 19s again.
I won my age group, but I have won it for the past 2 years and never got my award. I try emailing the race director but never get a response. So hopefully it’s not a trophy full of chocolate. After the race they only had hot chocolate. I think they had bars last year. I was in no mood for hot chocolate so I cooled down and ran to my car. Once there I had to wait about 10 minutes to find a break in the walkers streaming by. I hate when a race has parking that you can’t get out of until the thing is over.
The rest of the day was spent doing something, apparently forgettable. Sunday I waited around for Red’s nap to run and it didn’t come until 3 p.m. I got in a solid 7 miles and then ran another 3 after she went to bed. Monday was a rest day. Today was a cold, stiff 6 miles outside and another 2 miles on the treadmill. I’m thinkin tomorrow will be treadmill as temperatures are going to be in the 20s. yeesh, it’s only October.