This post in a little late, but here we go.
I ran a 5k trail race on Wednesday evening! It was the first of 3 trails races in a summer series put on by a local running group–only $5 and as low-key as possible.
The race started at 6:30pm, and I reluctantly dragged myself to the registration table at 5:45pm. Even after sitting in my air-conditioned car listening to an entire song start to finish in the parking lot, I was the first runner to sign up. I waited a painfully long five minutes until the next runner arrived. More people drove in as it got closer to 6pm, and there ended up being 60+ total runners.
Before I give the race recap, let’s review my goals of this “race”:
- Get in a nice tempo run.
- Make running friends.
Goal 1: Get in a nice tempo run.
It was 88 degrees, maybe 90, and the race was on a rugged trail, so I abandoned all thoughts of a fast time. The miles weren’t marked, so I’m really curious about my mile splits–I felt like I started out pretty slow, but then I hit a wall in mile 3 (can you hit the wall in a 5k? let’s go with yes) and finished out the race in slow motion. Or with heat stroke.
I loved the trail course, but it was much tougher than I’d expected–mud, sand, branches; nature in all its bumpy glory.
The finish line was a beautiful sight, and I was so exhausted when I crossed it that I wasn’t sure if I would make it ten feet to the water table. Someone asked me what I thought of the course, and I am pretty sure I just moaned and hobbled to the water, but my dehydrated memory of those few minutes is a little blurry.
Timewise, I finished in 23:46. Not stoked about the time–it’s a little sad to think that I ran a half marathon on the same trail last fall at pretty much the same pace, but I’m pleased with my effort! I finished second female overall. Goal 1 complete.
Goal 2: Make Running Friends
Before and after the run, I surveyed the crowd for potential friends and/or compatible running partners. I sound so creepy. Anyway, I met a few people, and I think I’ll try to run with a new group on Saturday morning. Goal 2 complete.
No picture for this goal. Instead, I’ll throw in a picture of Ryan and me because he is awesome and came to watch.
I’m glad I went! What a way to spend a blistering hot Wednesday evening.