I ran in the 5th Annual Shamrock Sprint 5K as part of the Blarney Days celebration here in Bath on Saturday. I want to participate in and support my local races and there is something just fun about racing on the streets where you train. This is certainly an advantage when you know how far you have to go and how many hills are left.
I was pretty sure this wasn't going to be a PR attempt given that my current 5K record was set last summer on a flat course. Bath is hilly and I am really still getting back into my rebuilding phase (remember I took 2.5 weeks off just a month ago?) so my only hope going into this race was to have fun.
It was raining prior to the race, but it had pretty much let up by the start. The temperature was in the high-30s like at the Mid-Winter Classic in February, but it seemed colder because my hands were absolutely freezing. Yup, this genius didn't wear gloves. Otherwise I was pretty comfortable wearing my Irish colors.
I had originally purchased shamrock socks to wear, but when I tried them on, I could not get them over my calves. Well I did, but the squeezed my legs all weird. So tight! Apparently they are only for people with stick legs. So I cut off the feet and used them as arm sleeves. They were perfect! Festive and kept me warm!
I also wore my purple visor in memory of Jaime, another young mother who was hit by a car and killed while running in Virginia last week.
The start was uphill (big surprise) and I knew I was running too fast knowing what was to come, but I felt good and clocked the first mile at 7:33. I let up a bit to ensure I had enough energy to finish. There wasn't a lot of passing going on with a small field of 131 runners, but I did pass a couple of guys and a girl passed me somewhere in mile two. I remember thinking she might be in my age group. Being a small race the age groups are divided by 10-year increments.
I had looked at past results and my PR would have got me second female in last year's race. I had that in the back of my mind, but like I said this was more of a fun run and I didn't think I was in shape to have a super speedy race. Still, her passing me got to me.
I started making some grounds and really made up time on the long downhill to the finish that I screamed down at just over a 6-minute-mile pace according to my Garmin.
I waited around for the award ceremony to see if I was one of the top two finishers in my age group. No dice. I still enjoyed the yummy blondies Mae's Cafe had provided for the finishers.
|Blue jacket, orange sleeves waiting for the awards. (Photo courtesy Maine Running Photos-David Colby Young)|
Later on while I was at work I saw that the results were posted. That girl was in my age group. And I missed placing by 4 measly seconds. Ahhh!
But I am overjoyed in the outcome.
3rd out of 21 in my age group (30-39)
6th out of 79 females
22nd out of 131 overall
And my time? Only 50 seconds slower than my PR on a far more difficult course. I'm very happy about this and I'm really looking forward to next year and go for the AG win!