Happy Fourth of July!!
This morning I kicked off my holiday weekend with the In God We Trust 5K in Bastian, VA.
The race started at 9, and I arrived around 8:30 to pickup my packet and get ready to go. You gotta love how easy the logistics are for small races. 🙂 The Sole Sisters had a great turnout this year, with 15 or so runners! They’re a running group in Wytheville that I first met last April that has since made me an honorary member. We see each other at a lot of races in the area! *edited to add below picture, courtesy of Suzy with Sole Sisters
So I hung out with them prior to the race and tried to stay warm. Yep, you read that right. I was shivering at a race in July! It was in the mid-60’s and breezy this morning. That’s what happens when there’s a hurricane going up the coast (which typically means just a slightly windy day for us) and a cold front comes in from the west. Can’t complain about that type of weather in early July, though! Just after 9:00 AM we were off! The race was significantly larger this year (I think it’s in its 4th or 5th year).
I got caught up with a group during the first mile and went out entirely too fast for me. My first mile clocked in at 8:29. Uh oh. I spent the final two miles absolutely falling apart. I was even very, very close to walking but I never gave in. Mile two clocked in at 9:51 (oy) and mile three was 10:07 (yikes). So the lesson here is not to go out so fast.
My final time was 29:22, about 1:40 slower than my last 5K. I probably would have done a bit better, or at least run a more even race, if I hadn’t gone out so fast. But c’est la vie I suppose. After finishing I grabbed a mini-Gatorade and half a banana and hung out for a bit. This cute and very friendly puppy showed up after running with various runners out on the course and hung out with everyone as well.
Despite not running to the best of my ability, I did manage to squeak out a third place in my age group. The age groups were a bit more competitive this year, since they did them in ten year increments instead of five. Also, the two girls who placed ahead of me in the 20-30 year group also placed 2nd and 3rd overall for women. I kind of like when race directors pull the overall winners out of the age groups, instead of “double dinging” them, but I’ve seen it done both ways. After the awards ceremony I hit the road for home.
Now there is BBQ chicken cooking in the crock pot and I’m watching France take on Germany in the World Cup!
Later this evening it’ll be time for Brazil and Colombia to take the field.
I heard Brazil has not lost a competitive game on home turf in 39 years. Things are going to get crazy! I can’t get enough. I’m also already getting sad because the World cup is almost over. It goes by so fast!
What are you doing to celebrate the 4th of July? Watching the World Cup and then watching fireworks
Anyone else racing this weekend?
When was the last time you went out too fast in a race and then paid for it?