Day 12: Running for Kids in Distress

By Skip

Today was the 5K race I have been talking about for a while.  I modified my workout schedule to place my running workout on this day instead.  I have lots to tell and lots of pictures to show you as well.

As I have been saying over the past couple of days, I was worried about my pacing as my triathlon training has taken away some of the intensity of what I have been doing recently.  The good news is that it not do too much but it did effect it a little bit. 

I ended up placing 2nd in my age group at 21:00 and 5th overall.  There were 3 of us  in the 40-44 age group that placed in the top 5.  Bad for me but a good representation of what our age group can do.  These other two guys finished in about 19:30 and 19:15.  I have a very long ways to go before I can say  I am in their league.

When I got there in the morning it was already hot and by the time I got out of my 1967 Mustang with no air conditioning, I was already sweating and it was 7:00am.   Went to the registration table and found out they had put me in the wrong age bracket (younger!) so I told them about the correction and they said they would take care of it right away for me.

It was a pretty darn good group of runners out there today.  We stepped off the line in downtown Ft. Lauderdale at 8:15am and headed out on our 3.1 miles of beautiful Las Olas neighborhoods.  Note to self: It would be really good to know the route you are running.  About a 1 kilometer into the race…. a bridge with an incline.  A few of you are probably laughing to yourself right now and saying “so what?”  Well, in Florida, we are pretty darn flat here.  As a matter of fact, over the past 5 months I have NEVER even seen an incline let alone run up one.  Since it was so early in the race I tried to keep pace with some others but I could already feel the burn… NOT a good sign!

As we continued on I found myself at a nice little pace with another racer and stayed with them for awhile until I looked down at my watch and realized that I was running a slower pace than I should be!  At some point he had slowed down and so had I.  I guess I was too distracted by the scenery around me or something.  Once I realized this, I kicked it up a notch and put some space between us.

Around the 4th kilometer I turned a corner and guess what?  Another bridge!  Actually, the same one, just needed to cross back over it to get to the finish line.  I will tell you what… that was tough!  After expending that much energy I was not sure how much longer I would last after getting to the top of that bridge. 

I looked down at my watch and was a little bit confused…. thought I had gotten on the wrong course at some point in time.  I could not really see anybody in front of me and the cops were a little distracted with traffic.  At one point I thought I had made a wrong turn… can you imagine if I had?

As I approached the finish line I looked behind me and there were people way back.  In front of me I could only see one person and they were about 20-30 seconds in front of me so there was no catching him.  I saw the clock as I approached the finish line and really kicked it up because I wanted to get under the 21:00 mark…. guess what?  My final time was 21:00…..arghhhhhhh.  Oh well, 2 seconds better than my last race and my personal best for a race.  NOT my personal best ever as there were a couple of days in training that I was in the 20’s.  One of the guys in my age group that beat me I had raced with before.  I compared his time to the last time I ran a 5k with him and he also was about 30-45 seconds slower.  I am assuming the heat and bridges were a huge factor here.

40-44 age group results (click for large image)

I went to the the results table as soon as they started posted them.  I was first excited to see that my name was the top of the list… Yes!  I came in first place in my age group again, I said to myself.  Then I looked and saw they had put me in the wrong age group.  They never fixed the initial error.  I went to the guys running the computer and told them about this and they corrected it right away.  The result, however, put me 2nd in my age group.  Oh well, at least that guy that was 39 and thought he was in second place, guess what, I just made his day!

So I ended up with a second place medal and 5th place overall.  I am happy with that and really enjoyed the day out with my wife who is my biggest supporter and cheering section.  It also raised money for a great charity, Kids In Distress.

Filed in: 5K, Race, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Saturday, June 5th, 2010
 

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