overall place: 1108 out of 1772
division place: 235 out of 410
gender place: 635 out of 1157
gun time : 37:56
We had beautiful weather all week long. I mean it was perfect running weather. I kept my eye on the forecast all week and it looked like we were supposed to get some rain for today's race. What they didn't predict was a torrential downpour. The rain was coming down in buckets! It was a great big soaking rain and there were even a few flashes of lighting and rumbles of thunder. Thankfully the lighting stopped and being a group of tough broads (minus one that was a no show), we didn't let a little rain hold us back.
My goal for this race was to complete it between 30-35 minutes. I didn't know how I would do considering I was down for the count this week with some sort of TB like cough.
I felt pretty good up until mile marker #1 where I had a really bad calf cramp. Earlier this week at Pilates I did a move wrong and my calf seized up into a crazy knot. It came as no surprise that it flared up during the race. I stopped to stretch and started running about 2 minutes later. At mile marker #2 and at about 2.5 miles, I stopped and took another quick walk break just to catch my breath....the coughing came back. When I started running again, I could see the finish did what I could to make it to the finish line. I know I was making the ugly finish line face as I was trying my hardest to keep my legs moving.
I finished. I was over my goal by 54 seconds. It was not horrible, but nevertheless I was still slightly disappointed with my time. The great thing is that this s a baseline race. I have never ran a chipped 5K before and I have never kept track. Woo Hoo, a fresh Start! The crew all finished within minutes of each other except for Leah who may have to start with the Kenyans next year. Ha!
After the race, we headed back to my place for brunch and mimosas. It was a perfect way to end the morning. After everyone left, I slipped into a 3 hour coma. I was TIRED. I don't think I was this tired after my full marathon....I have a LONG road ahead of me.
Before the race when we were dry
After in our water logged glory
I am so excited because all of us that ran today had completed a major goal. This race meant different things to all of us. For some of the crew, this was their first 5K ever. For others, it was a fun activity to support their new change in lifestyle (3 of these women have dropped some serious lbs!), For me it was a great way to celebrate my return to running. It was a lot of fun and I have a feeling we will all be doing this again.
Although I was a bit disappointed in my time, my friend called and gave me a reality check. She saw my updated post on Facebook that I completed a 5K and she said "A couple of weeks ago you told me the longest distance you ran was about 1.5 miles." (Completely true) She then went on to say "That is a pretty fast couch to 5K transition." Ahhhh....perspective. I did really well considering I have only been back to running a couple of weeks.