This morning I ran the Get in Gear 5K with two of my friends from work. Just like last year, it rained and rained. I ran this race back in 2008 and it was snowing! I think bad weather is just a requirement of this event. One of the race announcers yelled "Suck it up! You people are from Minnesota, you are tougher than this weather". True. He had a point. But I will say it was tough getting out of bed to be excited about running in this stuff!
I was very glad that I switched from the 10K to the 5K. Not only to cut time off of being on the course but because I am behind in running. My only goal for this race was to give it my all. I started the race off pretty slow because of the crowds. It was hard to pass because there were so many people. It was probably a good thing for me so I didn't poop out too soon. When the crowds spread out a bit, I found my groove and ran pretty strong up and I almost made it 2 full miles. At that point, my legs cramped up and I had this weird heartburn feeling. I slowed down and then ended up walking for about 3 blocks. At the 2 mile marker, I started running and I picked up the pace. I know I was running faster than the first 2 miles. I kept going and when I saw the finish line, my inner Flo Jo took over and I was somehow able to sprint it in. I crossed the finish line and felt like I was going to throw up. That is how I know I gave it my all and I have no regrets. I felt like I did a good job.
I chose not to wear my Garmin or any other timing tool. I just wanted to run and have good time. I know I am slow right now and I don't need a reminder. When I crossed the finish line, I missed the clock so I had no clue how I did. Thankfully the race results were posted shortly after I got home. The results:
Chip Time: 38:13
12:18 per mile
1344 out of 1861
842 out of 1253 Females
322 out of 450 Females in age group
Overall, I am very happy with my results. This race is now my fourth race of the year. I am four for four and right on track with my race a month goal.
Michele and Kathy looking happy even though they are soggy!
We are done! Soaking wet and cold but happy with our results.