Royal Run For The Roses 5K Results

By Skip

Today was the Royal Run for the Roses 5k sponsored by the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Road Runners Club (which I am a recent member of.)  I prepared for this race very similar to the race just a week ago.

This one was a little bit earlier… 7:00am.  I left the house around 5:30am so it was still dark out when I arrived for registration.  The first thing I noticed is that how much more professional this race was including the addition of a timing chip.  Got my number (398) and begin to prepare.

It was a race in honor of Mother’s Day so the women got a 5 minute head start on us. When the men took off I ALMOST got caught up in the excitement and tried to keep pace with some of the other runners.  There were many running clubs at this event so you KNOW there were some serious runners here.  I quickly came to my senses and begin to run my pace… ok, maybe just little bit faster than my practice pace.

This course went through a park and had lots of twists and turns…. was not to crazy about that but was kind of exciting overtaking people.  Once again, I am a little amazed at how ruthless some runners are.  Several times I tried to cut a corner to take over another runner and they would cut me off… on purpose!  You know what?  I was confident of my pace so would just pass them on the outside…. never to see them again.

I finally kicked into a groove with another runner… like I said, it WAS a little faster than I was used to but I felt like I could keep the pace.  When I got about half way through the run I started to question my speed a little bit and wondered if I could continue or if I should slow down a little.  I also realized that not knowing the course was a great hindrance.  Sure, you have your watch to tell you your distance but there is something nice knowing exactly where you are and exactly how much you have left to go… VISUALLY!

Once again, same as last week, about 3/4 of the way through people started falling off and as I got to the last 300 meters I was able to turn it up yet another notch and passed a few more people.  As I crossed the finish line I ran just a little bit further to cool down… by the time I remembered to stop the timer on my watch I looked at it and it said 21’23”  Really????  As I awaited the official time to be posted I walked around a little to catch my breath.  I really pushed myself this time! 

When I looked at the official results I was BLOWN AWAY!  I finished in 21’02” and first in my age group!  I was about one and a half minutes faster than the next person in my age group.  Later that night I went online and saw that I came 9th overall!  I just can’t believe I am doing this!

I received a nice plaque and hung around for the raffle…. didn’t win anything for that but boy did I have a great time and felt like I had more than accomplished what I had set out for.

For anybody interested, here are the links to the results:

Next race?  June 5th unless I get the bug to run one over Memorial Day Weekend… which I am tempted to do!  By the way… a pace of 6’46” for me is CRAZY!  Now I have to try to train at that speed so I can get even FASTER!

Filed in: 5K, Race, Running • Saturday, May 8th, 2010

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