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Monday, October 25, 2010

St. George's Dragon Run 5K 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we got a letter in our mailbox letting us know that we wouldn't be able to get out of our street the morning of October 23 because there would be a 5K race going on.  So, I thought... why am I not running this 5K?

The 5K is sponsored by a church about a mile from my house (0.9mi to be exact).  I had 5-6 miles on my training schedule, so I headed out around 7:15 on Saturday and ran the mile up to the church, which was the starting line.  I hadn't registered yet, so I didn't get a shirt.  I knew that since I didn't register in advance that I might not get a shirt, which didn't bother me until I saw the cute little shirts with the dragons on them that would look really cute in my quilt that I'm making with my mother-in-law.  Oh well, no shirt for me.

This happens to be the first race I've ever done where I didn't know a single other person either doing the race or attending the race as a spectator.  This was totally weird, so I just stood around for the half hour or so before the race started, just watching what was going on.  The race had attracted about 50 runners, and the race director was a local high school senior, who was doing a great job!  She was also getting some help from the Westminster Road Runners Club, who helped with the course and with the timing.

We started at 8am, and headed out.  I was nervous because as part of our race registration we were given turn-by-turn directions of the course, so that we would know what it was and not get lost.  This actually worried me, since I'm usually so far in the back of the pack, I figured I would be left behind.  I ended up being kind of mid-pack, though, and I was keeping pretty excellent pace for the first mile or so - 10:15, a great mile time for me.

I was leap-frogging, though, with a guy that I would eventually pass and with a couple who would eventually pass me.  I HATE leap-frogging, and I think it's the worst part of running Galloway.  I was doing 1 minute of running and 30 seconds of walking, and it was working out well, but I get so embarrassed when I'm leap-frogging, figuring that I am probably getting on other peoples' nerves.  It does affect my time.  I was evidently the only one doing Galloway, which wasn't really a surprise.

The course was moderately hilly, and mile 2 took us back past the church and into the nearby park to do one loop around the park.  I never run at this park because it's hilly and sunny, but this wasn't too bad.  My mile 2 time was 10:34, also a great time!  YAY!  I started thinking PR, but then I couldn't remember my PR time.  I hadn't even thought I'd come close to a PR at this race, which I was just doing because I couldn't get out of my house to meet my running group.

Around the loop in the park, the pack had spread out enough that I was sort of running alone, which was kind of relaxing and made me feel like I was just out for a run near my house.  Making the final turn towards the finish line, we had to go off-path and into some grass with a steep grade.  My watch was at 31:00 or so, and I assumed I'd already missed a PR, so I took it easy going down the grassy, dew-covered hill so that I wouldn't slip and fall and hurt myself.  The last stretch was downhill, and the clock said 32:34 as I crossed the finish line.

Everyone stood as a group waiting for everyone to finish, and I wondered if I should just leave.  I decided to hang out, and drank some water.  They had a one mile fun run and then we headed back to the church where the high school senior handed out apples from a local orchard, and awards.  Those who won awards and age group awards got PIES!  I thought that was awesome.  I wanted a pie, but I didn't get an award.  Then, there were some door prizes (free games of bowling at the local bowling alley, free pizza from our local pizzeria).  I didn't win a door prize, which was sad, I really wanted a pizza.

So, I headed back home the mile back to my house.  It was the cutest little race, and it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning, even if it was a little chilly.

When I got home, I saw that my PR from the Shamrock 5K was 32:12.  I was a lot closer than I thought!!  If I'd known that it was that close, I wouldn't have taken it easy down that grassy hill!  I just figured that the course at Shamrock is so easy that there was no way I was beating my PR, and my last THREE 5K PR's have been at Shamrock.  This was a MUCH harder course.

Official results aren't posted yet, so I don't know for certain what my official time is, but I don't think I beat my PR.  So close!!  Still a great race and a fun way to spend a Saturday.


Marlene said...

Definitely can't pass up a race so close to home! Congrats on the 5K!

marathonmaiden said...

fingers crossed for that pr! congrats! and i LOVE races that are so close to home. they're really awesome, especially since you don't have to get up at the crack of freaking dawn :)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Good progress that you are close to your PR on a tougher course!

K said...

Congrats on your almost PR! I love small, local races. The Thanksgiving Day 5k race that I've done for the past few years near my parents house gives away pumpkin pies as awards too! I've yet to win one... maybe this year!
I also think it's cool that a HS senior was the race director.

K said...

I forgot to mention that the 10k trail run I did on Saturday may have been the first time I've ever done a race where I didn't know anyone else running or spectating too! It was weird. I wore my half marathon shirt and a sweatshirt with my college logo in the hopes that someone would find a reason to talk to me. As soon as I got out of the car a guy looked at me and commented on my college shirt! I only talked to him for a minute but it was pretty cool. Other than that, I felt really shy and didn't talk to anyone. I did stick around a little while after the run for snacks though.

chris mcpeake said...

Congrats on the 5k. Well done

lindsay said...

Wow! I have ever had a race within "warmup" distance, definitely have to take advantage of those. Congrats on the 5k!!

I "followed" you awhile back but for whatever reason you just started showing up in my Reader. Weird delay by Google! But we are good to go now :)

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