Distance: 3.1 miles (Garmin 3.29....)
Time: 21:35 (Honestly, I think my time "should" have been around 20:30ish)
Place: 15/521. AG: 12/186 (My "age group" was 18-99 years old)
Update: I received an 'official' email from the Race Director that stated that the race was indeed 3.28 miles (5.28 km). So, using the same 5K measuring stick, I'd say that a 20:30 finish is not too bad all things considered.
On Friday, Running Laur, Jeff, and myself all ran the Tempe Arbor Day 5K. I didn't post the race report for this race yesterday like I had originally planned because I wanted to let it simmer. Like fine wine, sucky races need time to age and mature - lest I drop TOO many F-bombs during the race report (like I did during the race).
The Tempe Arbor Day 5K was a benefit to plant trees in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. Since the entire race was to benefit trees, I figured that I'd give some love to the trees as well.
I think we both felt "funny" afterwards
The race had a GREAT turnout - twice the number of people that they expected. As a result, the announcer went from promising that "a tree would be planted for every finisher" to "a tree would be planted for every 2 finishers". Gotta love the media spin.
After a bit of a delay to sign up the few last day-of registers, we were off. Because I had warmed up with a mile jog before, I knew that I would have the wind to my back at the beginning of the race and needed to make sure to use it to my advantage.
Mile 1: 6:08
Here I am at around the 0.5 mile mark, in approximately 12th place.
Mile 2: 6:45
While the first mile seemed to zoom by, the second mile certainly did NOT. Honestly, the reason why this race wasn't a good one is probably because of the second mile. There was a pretty gusty wind that blew into my face, there were 2 hair pin turns (out of 4 during the race), and there was a fairly decent sized hill. I punched it as much as possible but didn't have much spring in my step. The fact that I haven't done any speedwork in 6 months or so was certainly showing. The other thing that was showing was the spit on my shoulder. I tried to spit to the side but with the wind it landed directly on my shirt. Awesome.
Mile 3: 6:48
I honestly don't remember much about this mile, but I do remember that I picked up a LOT of speed once I got out of the wind. My splits got back down in the 6:20 range (which just goes to show how slow the first chunks were).
Extra 0.29: 1:51 (6:20 pace)
So much happened during the last part of the race that it deserved its own section. There was a bit of confusion around one of the hair pin turns and I accidentally ran past it a bit. I MIGHT have accidentally said a swear word directed at the SUPER friendly volunteers. For that I am honestly very sorry. Unfortunately, I lost two places overall dropping from 13th to 15th. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
When I finished, I found out, they were giving away full sized Chipotle burritos. While I immediately grabbed one, I soon realized that there is no way that I would be eating it ANY time soon. I normally sweat when I eat hot food, and It seemed like I was doing enough of that already.
Not even burritos were spared from my lovin'. Fortunately, Jeff was spared....this time.
stumbled wandered around a bit and watched Jeff and RunningLaur finish. They both looked strong at the finish, but agreed that a shorter race course with less hair pin turns (and wind) would have been better.
Overall, it wasn't a good race but it was still a fun experience. AND, it was certainly a learning experience. I learned:
- Not running any speed work for 6 months is not conducive to running a fast 5K
- I need to work on my core. The day after the race, my stomach was SORE
- Even though the race was long, everyone ran the same course so I suppose I shouldn't complain
- While hugging trees, be careful to not get splinters in your crotch