This week at the last minute I decided to run the FNB Fox Valley St Pat’s 5K. They also have a 10 mile race, which I was thinking about doing, but I have been fighting a cold all week thanks to my daughter, so I opted to do the shorter race to get more experience with races. So below is my ARR (After Race Report).
There was a costume contest prior to the race event, but I did not go for that. I spent that time going for a warm up jog to get my legs moving. It was a brisk 40 or so degrees out this morning, but luckily it was not too windy. The sun was mostly shining so the weather was actually really good.
About 10 minutes prior to the race the officials ushered us to the starting coral area. In the coral I tried to stand in the sun because the shade got a little cool just standing there. A few minutes after 9:00, when they had the all clear, the race started.
The coral area was wider than the start gate so it was a bit of a cluster to actually get across the start line. Once I did everyone was a bit bunched, but I felt like my pace was good and I was passing a few of the slower people pretty good. There was a bit of a mishap though where a guy about my age tripped over the metal barrier feet and fell pretty hard. I think he was alright, but I didn’t stay to see.
A little before 1 mile I noticed that my GPS watch had completely turned off. I was trying to see what my pacing was and the screen was black! I kept trying to get it restarted, and finally I was able to get it going about 4 minutes later. I know I lost a bit of time messing with that, but I kind of just said forget it and ran by feel.
Close to the 2 mile mark there was a young volunteer with a timer who said we were at about 16 minutes, so I figured I was doing pretty good timewise. After that is when I finally got my watch working again. I decided to run a bit harder after the 2 mile mark and was passing more people along the way.
With just about a quarter mile left, the runners doing the 10 mile break off and the 5K runners take a left and head for home. I tried to run as hard as I could for the last quarter mile. Iran across the finish line and saw that the time was around 25 something minutes. I wasn’t really sure what my time was, and with my watch not working correctly I was really in the dark.
I headed to the food table and got a half banana and half a blueberry bagel. I was very sure that I did not finish in the top and especially not in the top of my age group, so I decided to leave. I headed home and checked the results online to see what my official time was.
I ended up finishing with a time of 25:07.79. I finished 36th overall and somehow 3rd in my age group! I had no idea I would be anywhere close to the top. I think they were awarding trophies for the age group top finishers, so I did not get mine if I was supposed to because I left! It was quite the surprise to see how I did when I checked, but so much of how you finish depends on who is running, and today I did good against the other guys in my age group. This time also set a new 5K PR for me, so that is great as well.
The run overall was a really great experience. I will do that run again for sure. I had a good time, and the people were all great. Looking forward to it next year.