|Six Years of Shirts (I've run the race 7 times, but one shirt - 2008 - is in Florida at my in-laws' house)|
I was on vacation from June 30 to July 7, so I hadn't run in nearly two weeks before this race. This made it especially difficult to get out bed. But, I'd already registered and so I got up and headed out. Todd sat this one out, since I had forced him to a baby shower and a family event on Saturday. On the way down to Pikesville, I realized that had forgotten my watch. The watch is the main piece of equipment for a Galloway runner, so I was left with no choice but to do no intervals at all and just run when I felt like it.
I had a lot of friends running, but in my group that I lead, I only had one runner show. This is probably good because I totally had a bad attitude. We took a group photo and headed to the starting line. No chip timing here, so it was somewhat confusing about where exactly the start is.
Hot, sunny, hot, sunny. That is how I describe this race. I almost ran straight through on the first mile, only taking a short walk break in the middle. I don't know what "intervals" I was doing, since I was watch-less. The course is rolling hills in the blistering sun, so in mile 2 I slowed down some. As the race continued, I walked more and more, but still kept it up. My friend Lynn was leapfrogging with me and finally asked what intervals I was doing. "uh, I don't know."
My final time was 34:08, which is my fourth best 5K finish time and my best Pikesville 5K time to date. Yay, a new course PR! Maybe there's something to this no watch thing - although for a race that was longer, I think I would get sick of making my own decisions about when to walk.
I didn't win any door prizes, but I did take advantage of a free massage at the finish line, something I never, ever do! So, in the end it was a fine race and I'm glad I got up to go run it. At least it kicks me back into gear every year after vacation.
|The whole Fleet Feet Group - I'm in there somewhere. Can you find me?|
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Levin