Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Golden Eagle 5k. The only nway to get comfortable to go race

My racing every weekend schedule has been off for quite a while. So rather than fret or be nervous about racing, why not just show up to one and see how it goes? 

This 5k was just minutes from my apartment, had a late start (yay, for sleeping in) so I figured I'd head over and try my luck. When I got to the start line I realized the crowd was filled with middle school and high school track kids. Oh my, the pain of this race just got more painful. These kids are gonna take off at the start and I knew my ego would not want to just let them go.

The gun goes off and indeed, all those kids take off like rockets!!! the first mile marker they started to burn out and the steady uphill from mile 1 to mile 2 got to most of the rest. Ha, there's a joy in being old, fat and SMART! I just focused on good body position and foot turnover. Don't get me wrong, that hill killed me too but I knew how to get through it.

Not the pace I would've wanted (or expect, with proper training I should've averaged around 6 min miles even with that hill) but it was good enough for a top 5 overall and winning my age group. AS I walked up to get my medal, I don't know which overheard comment made me happier: the "That guy is in the 40-44 age group?" or "that old guy is FAST!". Well, at least its another race in the books. Now to go log some training miles for the day.

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