Well yesterday I ran the Halfway Cafe 5K in Canton. There is my bib number below. I had been looking forward to it, because the Town of Canton had been promoting the HELL out of it. It seemed like all of Canton would be running it! I was most excited that my sister in law Colleen was running it with me. It was her very first 5K race. She's been a runner for a while, she's a gutsy one, that Colleen. We picked up our numbers on Friday night then had a beer together on her back porch. We debated whether the race would be prepared for the 1000 plus runners that they had allowed into the race! (NOTE: they were not)
It was a madhouse on race morning and I was really glad that we had arranged a ride -- it would have taken forever to wrangle a parking spot. We were both a little nervous-but excited too. There was a lot of energy with the 1200 people or so gathered in the Canton Shaws parking lot. In a desperate attempt to find a bathroom we luckily located a hidden bank of PORT-O-LETs behind the buildings where the race was to set up to begin.
All that said, it was HOT! Did I mention, it was HOT! The race didn't start until 10:30 and the sun was beating down. I kept thinking about water. I was thirsty already. Would they have enough? The gun sounded and we were off.
Because it was an out and back course, I knew where the halfway point was and I was again a little disappointed when no one had a time to shout out. But really --who am I kidding -- at that point I was dealing with this crazy cramp in my right side and my mouth was dry as the Sahara. I fantasized about the water station I knew I would pass on the way back --thirst was gripping me like a vice. Passing that same water station they were completely empty! BUMMER! I asked a few people who I ran past to squirt me with their hoses and they did -- but one little gal pointed the hose at my FEET! Cutie patootie - I forgave her this b/c its so great to have people support you when your out running.
In my mind, (it's a wonderful place in there) I really wanted to run a sub- 27 minute 5K. I just thought that I could do it. After all, I've been training, running, riding and swimming a LOT lately. When I crossed the line the clock said 27:47 and I knew I'd get a few seconds back because of my starting position, but not enough to go sub 27. Oh well, it was my best 5K in a long time. I finished 95th out of 583 female runners of all age groups (that includes the 20 and 30 somethings) So there.
By the way, I know this is a proof -- i am using it as PROOF -- that I did finish. And that my leg muscles rock.