As I posted earlier, this race was a last minute add-on. Call it running-friend-peer-pressure. Secretly, I love to race. It’s my competitive nature, I suppose. Also, my first Olympic Tri is in 2 weeks and needed to gauge the speed in my legs.
I awoke at 0500 after a restful 5 hours of sleep. I felt energized and ready to run. Not! On-call at hospital till late didn’t fit into my ideal pre-race prep. It’s been busy at work the last 4 months for some reason. Good for the financials but not for my mental/physical health. But nothing a 3-musketeer bar doesn’t fix…but that’s another post all together.
But I digress as usual. So I got to the race site 45mins prior to start. Packet-pickup was completed yesterday. I did a short jogging warm-up then some strides. I didn’t feel super fresh but not like death either. It was comfortable but humid at the start…hoping it didn’t get hot during the race.
This race winds around downtown and has a few small hills that hit you at the worse times. The first mile is the fastest…flat then net downhill. There’s a bridge overpass late mile 3, then the last mile includes a short steep section then a slow incline up to finish. I wouldn’t call it a super-fast course but not terrible either. The winner ran 24:49 over 8k, so I guess it was easy for him…geez..fast. The rest of us finished 5+mins behind. I came in at 33:01. That was 6th overall and first in my age-group.
I definitely felt the heat/humidity. My shirt and shorts were drenched when I finished. Figured I gained 5 pounds on the run. I, as usual of late, got into chasing 10 year-old running phenom, Noah. He was in his usual “ice-water-in-veins” posture. Just running along as if he was jogging…looking around the surroundings. I think he was whistling a Tennessee Williams tune. As he day-dreamed, I would catch up to him. He’d hear my “about to have a heart attack” breathing and effortlessly speed away. I contemplated telling him to take a wrong turn on the course but I refrained. He’s 10 years-old and runs like the wind, but I’m better looking. Ha!
One of big sponsors is our Click-Fil-A. There were 4 “cows” out on course and at finishline to cheer us on. Can’t say whether they helped or not…Cows not being especially inspirational. But at least they were a distraction.
Fun was had by most I feel. Good to see Dan B, Ray C, Betsy M, Kate, Micheal P, Coons, Stepps, Tracy R, Brian Q-on the bike–wish I had a pic. Glad I got up and ran. I never regret it. Overall, my time was Ok. Not too far away from my best. That’s encouraging going into Lake Guntersville Tri.