This past weekend I ran the Fiddlin’ 5k again. I ran it with Carol last year. This was the third year for the race, and my time 30:32 last year. I knew that I’d been training harder and smarter, so I’ve been anxious to see what I could do.
The plan was to run with Kenny and Lucas (in his jogging stroller.) Kenny said he was going to run/walk it since he was so sick last week, and I asked if he’d be ok with me racing. He was cool with it, so I separated from them (they started in the back) and we just started running. I don’t remember any official start, which was odd. It just happened suddenly.
Last year I mentioned that the first mile seemed to drag. This year it didn’t seem so slow. I ran it in 9:05 (and last year’s was under 9 minutes.)
The long hill was still long. So incredibly long. I didn’t walk as much of it this time. My second mile was 10:34 (that hill is BRUTAL.)
The third mile is relatively flat and a slight downhill. Then you hit campus, there’s a sign that says Mile 3, but it’s misleading. You’re only at about 2.75. It’s an incredibly long incline to the finish – about a quarter mile. I’m not even exaggerating.
When I got close to the finish, I could see that the clock was still under 30 minutes and I got really excited and sped up.
My official time was 29:52. (That’s gun time. They don’t have a chip time for starting.)
I love the shirt this year. They had a women’s fit, they are light blue and just pretty. I ordered Lucas a Youth Small shirt. I need to wash it and see if it’ll shrink. He got such a kick out of seeing the musicians on the course.
The food and water at the end was minimal, but it was fine this time. For a 5k I don’t need to refuel a ton. There was plenty of entertainment and camaraderie. It was a fun race! (And I later learned about placing 3rd in my age group. YAY!)
Prior to the race, I warmed up for almost a half mile. Following my race, I turned around to go find Kenny and Lucas. I added another half mile. And that afternoon I ran 5 additional miles. I needed to get about 9 miles in this weekend, so I piecemealed my mileage together. (More on my virtual race later this week…if I ever get the shirt and medal in the mail.)
Have you set or met any fitness goals recently?