I ran the Girls Just Wanna Run 5K for my final summer short race. I initially didn't think I'd be able to race on July 21 because we were leaving on vacation that morning, but when my husband told me we couldn't pick up our rental car until 9:00 a.m., I decided starting a local race at 7:30 a.m. was feasible. It was the last weekend I had a short long run before marathon training amps up, and it was a relatively large women's only race (373 finishers) that I thought would be fun to try to win. I mapped the course on mapmyrun from the online course map, and it read 3.10 (bingo!!), so I signed up at the expo!
|Race shirt, after a different run|
|Lead cyclist shown here!|
|Can you find me?|
I didn't know where our next turn was supposed to be, but he thought he did, so I continued on with my workout, thinking that we were going to run 2 blocks long. Mile 2 was 6:16, so I was right where I wanted to be with my progression run, and just reminded myself to focus on hitting my paces and not getting upset about the distance. We started nearing the finish line, and I realized it was definitely not going to be long, but in fact quite short (2.68!). I finished 1st overall in 16:17, with my final split pace being 6:01.
I was disappointed because it was clearly a short course. I told the finish line workers that I hadn't actually run a 16:17. The lead cyclist only knew about the 2 blocks he'd added going north/back south, not the 6 that he'd cut off going east/back west, and he kept apologizing to me for making it long and insisting to the race organizers that it was long. I can only wish I'd run 16:17 for a long 5K (or for an accurate 5K...or even for 3 miles!)! I didn't know exactly where the second error occurred until I compared my Strava map to the course map, but essentially I ran 4 blocks less than I should have. In the end, the race added 2:00 to my time for the 4 blocks, for an 18:17, which is still faster than I would have run per my Garmin, but at least closer!
Official results are here.
I won a nice Thirty One brand over-the-shoulder large lunch tote for my overall award, which I grabbed, along with some great snacks, after my cool down before hurrying home to start our vacation! One of my co-workers bought a similar lunch bag the week before, and I'd admired the size of it and ease of carrying it (we are always lugging a million things in and out of the building), so it was a timely and functional award!